KAZAKHSTAN CALLS ON THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION
Astana, August 10:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs released the following statement on August 6 to
mark the 67th anniversary of the atomic attack on Japan:
6 1945 will forever be recorded in the history of humankind as a day of tragedy
for the Japanese nation, which suffered from the atomic attacks of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki. For almost 70 years now, this has been a day of remembrance and
people of Kazakhstan, being the first to experience the tragedies of nuclear
tests, can empathize with the pain and suffering that the Japanese nation had
to endure. From 1949 to 1989, over the 40 years that the Semipalatinsk test
site was in operation, there were more than 450 nuclear explosions which
affected more than one million people. On August 29th 1991, by
the will of the nation and the decree of President N. Nazarbayev, the test site
was closed forever. We are grateful to the Japanese nation for the help they
gave us in eliminating the effects of nuclear testing.
and Semey have become not only symbols of tragedy, but also of the struggle
against nuclear threats. Together with Japan and other members of the global
community, Kazakhstan is actively and consistently conducting a policy aimed at
freeing human kind from nuclear weapons and strengthening the non-proliferation
2009, on Kazakhstan’s initiative, a resolution was adopted at the UN General
Assembly to make August 29th the International Day of Action
Against Nuclear Tests. Each year on this day events are held to remind the
world of the terrible effects of nuclear tests, and that they must not be
allowed to take place again in the future.
a country at the forefront of the global anti-nuclear movement, Kazakhstan
calls on the global community to adopt the General Declaration of a
Nuclear-Weapon-Free World, so that all states can show their commitment to move
towards a world free of nuclear weapons. The Declaration will become the next
important step towards adopting a convention on nuclear weapons.
believe that the only guarantee for the Hiroshima tragedy never again to be
repeated anywhere on the planet is to rid the earth of nuclear weapons once and
of Kazakhstan in Japan A.Kamaldinov attended Peace Memorial Ceremonies in
Hiroshima and Nagasaki cities on August 6 and 9.