Statement by Mr. Kanat Saudabayev, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Secretary of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, during the General Debate at the 65th Session of UN General Assembly

Mr. President,
Mr. Secretary General,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to congratulate you all on the upcoming sixty-fifth anniversary of the United Nations.

For a person, 65 is an age when life experience turns into wisdom. As the great Goethe once said, “it is our experience that teaches us to truly appreciate life”. Today, the United Nations, with its sixty five years of experience gained in the noble work for peace and progress, is the most reputable and relevant international organization.

Each United Nations Member State, regardless of its size or power, seeks to contribute to building a safer and better world.


Message from Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, to High Level Thematic Conference on the International Day Against Nuclear Tests

Astana, 26 August 2010

Delivered by Mr. Jenča Miroslav, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA)

I am pleased to send my greetings to all participants at this important conference.


Message from Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, to participants of the International Conference Devoted to the International Day Against Nuclear Tests

Akorda, Astana, August 26, 2010

I welcome participants and guests of the Conference devoted to the International Day against Nuclear Tests.

On August 29, 1991 I signed a presidential decree closing the Semipalatinsk test site. Kazakhstan voluntarily renounced the world’s fourth largest nuclear arsenal. It was the first time in the world history when a nuclear test site was closed according to the people’s will. The people of Kazakhstan, by their own example, have shown the world the way to a safer future. 


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