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by February 27, 2020 General

The German Foreign Ministry hosted the 2nd ministerial conference in support of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty’s (NPT) Review Process. Kazakhstan’s delegation, which was led by the Director of the Department of International Security of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dastan Yeleukenov, participated in the meeting as one of the 16 participating States of the Stockholm Initiative, reports with reference to the Kazakh foreign ministry.

Germany’s Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called upon the international community to overcome the stalemate in the area of nuclear disarmament and drew attention to the fact that the NPT is in grave danger without the necessary political capital.

In this context, Germany’s top diplomat gave high marks to the efforts of Kazakhstan and several other NPT States signatories to strengthen international safety and ensure that nuclear disarmament issues remain at the top of the international agenda. This work is carried out within the framework of Stockholm Initiative ministerial meetings and relevant international organizations, and is garnering additional relevance in light of the 10th anniversary of the NPT Review Conference, which will be held in New York City on 27 April 22 May 2020.

During the Berlin meeting’s working session the participants adopted a political communique based on the results of Stockholm Initiative working group meetings held at the deputy foreign minister level in September 2019 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, and expressing commitment to the NPT and related obligations on nuclear disarmament, non proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Moreover, the Berlin meeting agreed on stepping stones to develop additional multilateral approaches to support the Treaty, including a more transparent declarative policy, strengthening negative security guarantees and limiting the production of fissile material.

The NPT is an international treaty that for half a century has been pursuing the goals of preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons, promoting cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and achieving universal nuclear disarmament. Kazakhstan’s accession to the NPT in 1994 as a non nuclear state gained the recognition of the international community and had consolidated our country’s global leadership in strengthening nuclear safety.

Source: Kazakhtan 2050