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Kazakhstan leader calls to reduce and fully ban nuclear weapons

August 29, 10:49 UTC+3 ASTANA
According to Nursultan Nazarbayev, it is also important to tighten control over the proliferation of conventional weapons and new military technologies
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ASTANA, August 29. /TASS/. Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has proposed to set up a crisis management system in relations between major powers and assume new obligations on international nuclear safety treaties.

"We need to create a crisis management system in relations between major powers," he said speaking at an international conference "Building a world without nuclear weapons." "It is also important to tighten control over the proliferation of conventional weapons and new military technologies."

Nazarbayev called on all governments to undertake new obligations to further strengthen international treaties and institutions forming the basis of nuclear safety. "I also ask all parliamentarians representing their countries and peoples today to take an active part in this," he said.

Kazakhstan’s leader pointed to the need to start a new stage in the struggle to reduce and fully ban nuclear weapons. "At the dawn of the nuclear era, prominent scientists, even those who took part in creating nuclear energy, military strategists and politicians proved that winning a war with the use of this weapon is an illusion," he emphasized. The president warned that "the effect of adjusting to life under the sword of Damocles of a nuclear apocalypse is, unfortunately, beginning to be transmitted genetically from one generation to another."

"The 25th anniversary of Semipalatinsk nuclear test site closure is a good reason to start a new stage in the struggle to reduce and fully ban Doomsday weapons," he said. "Throughout several decades prior to this event the world was trying to lower the threshold of a nuclear danger by reducing nuclear weapons and imposing moratoriums on their use. Kazakhstan was the first to cut this Gordian knot by passing a decree on closing the world’s biggest nuclear test site."

 

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