STOCKHOLM – Internationalnuclear non-proliferation and disarmament initiatives of the First President of Kazakhstan –Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev were presented in Stockholm on June 11 at the Ministerial Meeting to promote diplomatic efforts on nuclear disarmament and the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The event held by the Swedish government was attended by foreign ministers of Germany, Jordan, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Japan and other high-level political representatives from Argentina, Indonesia, Spain, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland and Ethiopia.
Kazakhstan was represented by Ambassador to Sweden KairatAbdrakhmanov, who informed the participants about the election of a new President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev highlighting his vast diplomatic experience, including as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, and Personal Representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Conference on Disarmament.
It was noted that enhancement of mutual trust, both between some countries and globallywas becoming increasingly important, and progress in this matter was essential for the success of the 2020 NPT Review Conference. It was the strengthening of confidence-building measures in non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction that became the central theme of Kazakhstan's presidency of the UN Security Council in January 2018.
In his statement, Ambassador Abdrakhmanov mentioned the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank in Kazakhstan wasone of the clearest examples of mutual trust and a contribution to strengthening the non-proliferation regime and nuclear safety. He also invited the meeting participants to a workshopinvolving representatives of all nuclear-weapon-free zones, which in beingorganized by Kazakhstan together with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs on August 28-29, 2019 in Nur-Sultan.
The participants agreed that the NPT was the cornerstone of the global nuclear disarmament and the non-proliferation regime. However, despite its sound success in preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons, developing an international safeguards system and facilitating the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones, the role of nuclear weapons has recently become more important against the backdrop of the deteriorating international security situation.
In this regard, delegations expressed concern over the state of affairs in various regions of the world, including the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East.
In the closing of the meeting, the participants reiterated their commitment to further work together with the international community to achieve the success of the upcoming NPT Review Conference and create a world free of nuclear weapons.
These and other questions were reflected in the final meeting declaration https://www.government.se/statements/2019/06/the-stockholm-ministerial-meeting-on-nuclear-disarmament-and-the-non-proliferation-treaty/
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