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On 21 September 2016, Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov took part in the Eighth Ministerial Meeting of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). High-Level Meeting was opened by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
That ministerial meeting, devoted to the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Treaty for signing, was held on the margins of the high-level segment (general debate) of the 71st session of the General Assembly and attended by Foreign Ministers of the states signatories to the CTBT. It was organized by six countries, constituting the “Group of Friends of the CTBT”, comprising of Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, Canada, Germany and Finland.
The main agenda item of the meeting was promotion the CTBT’s early entry into force. Since the treaty was opened for signature 20 years ago, till now its relevant procedures have not been yet completed. The issues of nuclear test ban, as well as the role of the CTBT in ensuring the non-proliferation regime and verification were also the priority items of this meeting.
The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, H.E. Mr. Erlan Idrissov, participated in his capacity as Co-Chair of the CTBT Article XIV Conference (to promote the early entry into force of the Treaty) for the period 2015-2017. In accordance with the traditions of such meetings, His Excellency Mr. Idrissov was on the podium together along with United Nations Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for CTBT Organization (CTBTO) H.E. Dr. Lassina Zerbo and the Foreign Ministers from the Group of Friends of CTBT.
In his statement, Minister Idrissov informed his counterparts about the joint work conducted in close cooperation with Japan to promote the early entry into force of the CTBT. He also noted the achievements and contribution of Kazakhstan to the disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
The Foreign Minister then emphasized that the decision of Kazakhstan’s leadership to close the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site, adopted 25 years ago, led to the cessation of nuclear tests in many other sites around the world, thereby laying the foundation for the CTBT signed 20 years ago.
Minister stressed the relevance of the President Nazarbayev’s initiatives voiced at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, including on the adoption of the Universal Declaration on the Achievement of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World, as well as the International Day against Nuclear Tests and the ATOM (Abolish Testing. Our Mission) Project. Mr. Idrissov also emphasized the importance and timeliness of the President’s new initiatives, contained in his paradigm anti-war document titled Manifesto “The World. The 21st Century”; voiced at the International Conference on theme, “Building a nuclear-weapon-free world” co-organized jointly with the international association “Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament” held in Astana on 29 August 2016; as well as of the proposal of Kazakh President to convene the Astana Peace Summit on 15-16 November 2016.