The Kazakh Pravda (Казахстанская правда) has published an op-ed by CTBTO Executive Secretary, Tibor Tóth, entitled “Kazakhstan’s leadership in nuclear disarmament.”
In the article, Tóth recalls the dire effects of decades of nuclear testing on the Kazakh people. He lauds the country’s exemplary way of dealing with its nuclear past by permanently shutting down the Soviet nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk and engaging in efforts to decontaminate the site and provide treatment and support to the population affected by radiation.
“Just two months ago, I visited Semipalatinsk and felt its oppressive nuclear legacy. Later at the ceremony in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the closure of the test site at Semey, I was inspired by the enthusiasm of the Kazakh people for the cause of nuclear disarmament,” writes Tóth, referring to his participation as a guest of honour at the Astana International Forum on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World on 12 October 2011.
Ever since achieving independence, Kazakhstan has consistently and actively supported and adhered to all international treaties and other initiatives against nuclear testing and in favour of nuclear disarmament. Kazakhstan’s unwavering support for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and its organization, the CTBTO, attests to that. Following a proposal by Kazakhstan, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2009 declaring 29 August as the International Day against Nuclear Tests.
Read the op-ed here.
Watch here a video report by Euronews on the 12 October 2011 Astana Forum, including an interview with Tibor Tóth.