Nur-Sultan/Vienna, 29 August 2022 (TDI): A joint statement was given on 29 August on International Day against Nuclear Tests by Mukhtar Tileuberdi, Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Dr. Robert Floyd.

Dr. Robert Floyd is the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

Joint Statement

The statement was initiated by saying that “We reaffirm our commitment to realizing a world free of nuclear testing and renew our resolve to achieve the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).”

It was also said that “The closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site on 29 August 1991 has become a symbolic date for Kazakhstan and the international community.”

Furthermore, it was stated that “This important event sent a strong political message and contributed to international efforts that led to the adoption of the CTBT in 1996.”

Mukhtar Tileuberdi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, said that “Since its adoption, Kazakhstan has consistently supported the CTBT and the build-up of its verification regime.”

It was also said in the statement that there has been great progress towards the universalization of the CTBT with 186 signatures and 173 ratifications.

Both of them reaffirmed that CTBT has a role as a key pillar of the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime within the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Review process.

“The CTBT is an effective and practical measure to achieve a world without nuclear weapons,” they added.

They also stated that “We invite all States to attend the high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate and promote the Day against Nuclear Tests at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, which will take place on 7 September 2022.”

In the end, they said, “It is high time to bring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty into force to advance nuclear disarmament and create a safer and more secure world for future generations – a shared goal of humanity in the 21st century.”