On 27 August  2010 the National Press Center hosted a press conference devoted to the International Day against Nuclear Tests, which is celebrated all over the world on 29 August 2010. The proposal calling for the establishment of the Day was put forward by the Government of Kazakhstan and co–sponsored by 25 UN Member States, including the Republic of Belarus.

On 27 August  2010 the National Press Center hosted a press conference devoted to the International Day against Nuclear Tests, which is celebrated all over the world on 29 August 2010.

The proposal calling for the establishment of the Day was put forward by the Government of Kazakhstan and co–sponsored by 25 UN Member States, including the Republic of Belarus.

In his address the UN Resident Coordinator praised Kazakhstan for closing the nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk in 1991 and playing an active role in creating a nuclear–weapon–free zone in Central Asia, as well as Belarus that once had hosted part of the Soviet nuclear arsenal for becoming a non–nuclear weapon state under the Non–Proliferation Treaty and sponsoring numerous foreign–policy initiatives aimed at creating a world free of nuclear weapons.

Belarus and Kazakhstan, like several other countries, recognize the catastrophic danger of nuclear weapons and know about and were affected by the consequences of nuclear tests or accidents for the economy, environment and health of their citizens.

“We should be realistic in our expectations. There remains a lot to be done. The United Nations and world leaders should work more intensively on the issues of disarmament, on the peaceful use of nuclear energy, on nuclear proliferation commitments, including creation a nuclear weapons free–zone in the Middle East and in other hot spots”, said Antonius Broek.

The press conference was attended by the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Antonius Broek, Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Belarus Farhat Abduhalykov and Advisor of the Office of International Security and Arms Control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Ivan Grinevich, as well as Belarusian printing and electronic media.

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