Kazakhstan to co-chair Conference facilitating the entry into force of CTBT

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ASTANA. KAZINFORM - The 2015 Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), took place in Vienna, Austria.

Kazakhstan and Japan have been appointed co-chairs of the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the CTBT for 2015-2017, the press service of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry reports. In accordance with its responsibilities Kazakhstan jointly with Japan will chair the 9th Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the CTBT which will take place in late September this year at the UN General Assembly in New York. The period of Kazakhstan's co-chairmanship coincides with international events: in August 2015 the world will mark the 70th anniversary of the tragic events connected with the atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in 2016 the world will mark the 10th anniversary of the conclusion of the treaty on a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia, as well as the 20th anniversary of CTBT's opening for signature. Republic of Kazakhstan has closed the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site on 29 August 1991, and made a decision to voluntarily renounce the fourth largest nuclear arsenal in the world. Kazakhstan has initiated the UN International Day Against Nuclear Tests, which was established by unanimous resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, with the aim to contribute to the goals of nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation, a worldwide ban on nuclear tests, and a world free from nuclear weapons. One of the recent initiatives of Kazakhstan's President the ATOM Project was launched at a parliamentary assembly in Astana on 29 August, the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. It is global campaign to ensure a large-scale public support for the CTBT's entry into force. As it is known, the CTBT was opened for signature in September 1996. At present the document has been signed by 183 and ratified by 163 states.

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