Kazakhstan looks to become nuclear disarmament leader


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Finnish Forum Praises Kazakhstan’s Anti-Nuclear Policies

Kazakhstan’s Ambassador-at-Large, Roman Vassilenko, addressed a congress that took place in Helsinki on October 18-19 to examine the issue of nuclear disarmament. The organizers of the event were the International Peace Bureau and the “Finnish Doctors for Social Responsibility”. Mr Vassilenko told the congress about the tragic legacy of Soviet nuclear testing in Kazakhstan and described the history of nuclear disarmament after independence. He said that the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and the decision to give up the world’s fourth-largest nuclear arsenal opened up a new chapter in both the regional and global process of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
Mr Vassilenko also talked about the various initiatives which have been put forward by President Nazarbayev to further the anti-nuclear cause: the establishment of nuclear-free zones in Central Asia; the call to adopt the General Declaration of a Nuclear-Free World through the United Nations; the Agreement on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons; and the proposed Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Delegates expressed great interest in the President’s latest initiative, the ATOM Project – the online petition for the Comprehensive Test Ban to come into force, which has already been signed by people in over 100 countries.