SAUDABAYEV’S VISIT TO NORWAY: NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, OSCE HIGH
Oslo, October 12: Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State and Foreign Minister Kanat
Saudabayev is in Oslo, Norway, for a two-day official visit, where he has
participated in the high-level international conference titled “A Nuclear
Weapon-Free World: nuclear disarmament strategies, non-proliferation and export
control” and is holding meetings with the Scandinavian nation’s Crown Prince
Haakon and high-level officials.
Delivering his speech at the conference, Saudabayev briefed
the audience on Kazakhstan’s active participation in the global
non-proliferation process and contribution to the reduction of the global
nuclear threat. According to him, today nuclear disarmament process requires
more decisive steps, such as the creation of new nuclear-weapons-free zones,
including the one in the Middle East, as well as early drafting of a Fissile
Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT), which should become, along with the
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty (CTBT), an important pillar of the Treaty
on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
Kazakhstan is actively promoting the non-proliferation
policy within the international organizations, in particular, as the nation
chairing the OSCE in 2010, Astana is working on the implementation of the
Athens OSCE Ministerial Declaration on the proliferation of weapons of mass
destruction, which, in Saudabayev’s opinion, can be the OSCE’s major
contribution to the implementation of a global UN mandate to maintain
international peace and security.
Besides, Saudabayev said that within the “Corfu Process” on
the future of Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security the OSCE participating
countries admitted the necessity of updating “Principles Governing
“In this respect, the upcoming Astana OSCE Summit on
December 1-2, 2010, will become a landmark in the progressive movement of the
OSCE participating States towards shaping a truly common and indivisible
security in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian zones, based on shared values,
principles and commitments,” he said.
Speaking of the cooperation with Norway in achieving a
nuclear-free future, Foreign Minister Saudabayev expressed his gratitude
towards the Norwegian Government for their contribution to launching the Almaty
International Training Center for Experts from National Data Centers of the
Central Asian Countries which is an important step in strengthening the
international monitoring network of the CTBTO.
The conference, co-organized by the foreign ministries of
Kazakhstan and Norway, as well as the Norwegian Institute of International
Affairs (NUPI), brought together top officials from the IAEA, CTBTO, members of
the parliaments of Norway and France, experts and professionals in the field
from Kazakhstan, Norway, the United States and other nations.
Speaking at the conference, Norway's foreign minister Jonas
Gar Store praised Kazakhstan's contribution to nuclear disarmament and the
cooperation betwen the two countries. He also supported Kazakhstan's offer to
host an international nuclear fuel bank under the IAEA auspices, the idea
Norway also supports financially.
Following the conference, the Kazakh Foreign Minister had a
meeting with Minister Store, where they discussed a number of issues in the
bilateral relations and interaction within international organizations,
including the UN and the OSCE. Minister
Store strongly supported the OSCE summit in Kazakhstan in December. The two
ministers signed a series of bilateral agreements, in particular, Agreement on
visa-free regime between Kazakhstan and Norway for diplomatic passport holders,
and the Agreement on readmission of own and third-country nationals.
Tomorrow, on October 13, Kanat Saudabayev is expected to
hold meetings with the Crown Prince Haakon, President of the Storting Dag Terje
Andersen and a group of Norwegian parliamentarians who are members of the
Committee on Defense and Foreign Relations and the country’s delegation to the
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.