Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of #Kazakhstan


H.E. Mr. Mukhtar Tileuberdi (pictured, centre) on the Plenary session of the Conference on Disarmament (Geneva, February 24, 2020).

Your Excellencies,

2020 is a particular yr for multilateral diplomacy.

In the yr of the 75thanniversary of the top of World War II and the creation of the United Nations, in addition to the 50thanniversary of the entry into drive of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), you will need to remind all of humanity that solely by joint efforts we are able to obtain a world freed from nuclear threats.

I wish to emphasize that 25 years in the past, in 1995, the final nuclear warheads have been withdrawn from the territory of Kazakhstan, and in May 1995 the remaining nuclear explosive gadget was destroyed on the Semipalatinsk nuclear testing web site. Thus, Kazakhstan turned the second nation to voluntarily resign possession of nuclear weapons, after South Africa.

In his speech on the 70thsession of the UN Congress in September 2015 in New York, the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, urged “to make the world free from nuclear weapons within the 21stcentury“. By 2045, 100 years after the damaging bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the creation of the UN, the world ought to turn out to be free from the nuclear risk.

I wish to be aware the Manifesto “The World. XXI Century”, proposed by the First President Nursultan Nazarbayev, which presents a sensible view on the world, primarily based on unity, not division, and on cooperation, not rivalry. There will probably be no winners in any trendy conflict, everybody can be on the shedding facet. This turns into particularly related within the present crucial state of affairs within the discipline of disarmament.

It is critically necessary to take care of and strengthen the Conference on Disarmament (CD) as the only everlasting multilateral discussion board for the negotiation within the discipline of disarmament, non-proliferation and arms management. We urge all contributors of the Conference to point out political will and overcome variations to start substantive work.

The core of the Conference is the precept of consensus. For a few years this precept ensured the pursuits of taking part States, no matter their measurement or different standards. It is consensus that may play a key position in reaching the common character of the adopted worldwide paperwork.

In order to revitalise the work of the Conference, we’re prepared to think about a evaluation of working strategies with none modifications to the precept consensus.

We additionally welcome the growth of the CD membership. I consider that the broader involvement of states within the disarmament course of will give a brand new impetus to the work of the Conference.

Nuclear disarmament is a very powerful concern, which is mostly supported by all states of the world. The complexity of this concern entails taking into consideration various factors in the midst of negotiations.

Considering the large nuclear risk collected on the planet all of us stay its hostages to unexpected penalties. Unfortunately, immediately two of the three elementary arms management treaties to which Kazakhstan was a celebration – the ABM Treaty and the INF Treaty – have ceased to exist. The prospects for extending START-Three stay unsure. These developments have swung us a long time again to a really harmful pink line.

On January 22, 2020, the UN Secretary General, talking concerning the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” additionally confused the elevated nuclear risk.

The finalisation of a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) will assist to reduce the potential for creating illegitimate army nuclear applications, considerably enhance the management of present materials, and cut back the danger of nuclear terrorism. It will probably be one other confidence constructing measure in direction of a safer world.

It is crucial to additional intensify deliberation of the Prevention of an Arms Race in Open Space (PAROS) by involving different related worldwide fora. As a foundation for beginning negotiations on this course, the nonetheless precise draft Treaty on the Prevention of the Placing of Weapons in Outer Space can be utilized.

I wish to be aware that on November 12 final yr in Nur-Sultan, within the framework of the worldwide discussion board “Space Days in Kazakhstan – 2019: Baikonur – the cradle of world cosmonautics”, open skilled consultations have been held on the event of sensible measures for PAROS.

As a member of the Semipalatinsk Treaty, along with regional companions, Kazakhstan helps the event of a global legally binding doc on the availability by nuclear powers of unfavorable safety assurances to non-nuclear-weapons states. The voluntary want of states to undertake a nuclear-free standing needs to be welcomed and inspired in each manner. Only such assurances can successfully counteract the aspirations of non-nuclear states to own nuclear weapons, which they see as a assure of their very own safety.

At the identical time, new challenges and threats to worldwide safety shouldn’t be ignored by the state events of the CD.

Kazakhstan firmly helps the important thing position of the NPT because the cornerstone of worldwide safety and requires strict compliance by each nuclear and non-nuclear states with their obligations.

The upcoming NPT 2020 Review Conference shouldn’t solely reaffirm the choices of the earlier conferences since 1995, but in addition set particular duties for the subsequent cycle.

An necessary basis for the longer term needs to be the creation of recent nuclear-weapon-free zones (NWFZs) and the growth of cooperation between present ones.

As you would possibly know, in 2017, First President Nazarbayev put ahead an initiative to convene a gathering of NWFZs representatives. In this regard, in cooperation with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, a Seminar on Fostering cooperation and enhancing session mechanisms among the many present nuclear-weapon-free zones was carried out in Nur-Sultan on August 28-29, 2019. Representatives of all present NWFZs and Mongolia participated on this occasion.

Following the outcomes of the Seminar, Kazakhstan, because the host nation, ready the Chair’s Report, which mirrored the primary parts of the discussions on the event of particular everlasting mechanisms for cooperation and coordination between all zones. We thank the Secretariat of the Conference on Disarmament for distributing the Report as an official doc of CD.

We specific our hope that the Conference launched in November 2019 in New York to create a zone freed from nuclear and different varieties of WMD within the Middle East will probably be profitable and subsequent periods will result in concrete outcomes.

We additionally name for the early entry into drive of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and assist the CTBTO’s efforts to seek out new approaches to this important process.

On August 29, 2019, on the International Day in opposition to Nuclear Testing, Kazakhstan turned a celebration to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. We think about this Treaty as a complementary aspect to the NPT.

I’d additionally like to tell that on February 15, 2020, Kazakhstan ratified the 1925 Geneva Protocol.

In his speech on the 74thsession of the UN General Assembly, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev emphasised that reaching a world freed from nuclear weapons stays a prime precedence for our nation. Nuclear weapons are now not a bonus, however a risk to world peace and stability.


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