Central Asia to become nuclear free zone

The Sydney News.Net
Friday 20th March, 2009

Central Asia is set to become the Northern Hemisphere’s first-ever nuclear-weapons-free zone Saturday.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is looking forward to welcoming the entry into force of the pact underpinning the establishment of the zone.

All five Central Asian nations – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – have ratified the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone, first formally proposed by Uzbek President Islam Karimov at the General Assembly in 1993.

The agreement, which opened for signature in September 2006, covers an area where nuclear weapons previously existed.

Kazakhstan, which endured over 400 atomic blasts at the Semipalatinsk testing ground in the country’s north, previously had the fourth largest nuclear weapon arsenal in the world, but renounced its arsenal after gaining independence.

Central Asia joins the four other nuclear-weapon-free zones: Latin America and the Caribbean, the South Pacific, South-East Asia and Africa.

Mr. Ban pointed out that the Treaty is also “significant” because it sets up the first nuclear-weapons-free zone requiring parties to fully comply with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Additionally, the five nations must also conclude and bring into force an Additional Protocol of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Protocol is a set of safeguards to boost the IAEA’s ability to ensure that a State does not have undeclared nuclear material.

“In order to ensure the effective implementation of the Treaty, the Secretary-General would like to urge the States concerned to address any outstanding issues that may affect its operation,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

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Comments on this story

banjar man
03-20-09, 08:05 PM

Central Asia to become nuclear free zone

Mr Ban, it shoul be fair. Not only some parts of this world to be free of nuclear weapons but it should be ALL..... or that weapons are free for ALL.

03-21-09, 01:35 AM

The whole planet should be a nuclear free zone

Yes to live in peace the whole planet Earth should be a nuclear free zone, and I believe every man woman and child should petition their governments to have this right to live in a nuclear free atmosphere, because this planet belongs to all of us earthlings, and it should no be possessed by the few elete nations who are bullying with their nuclear power the weak and defenseless majority.


syed rafiq ahmed
03-21-09, 01:53 AM

No body should have nuclear power or every body should have to ballance world. But I prefer nuclear free safe world for our future children. Afterall we have to keep our planet alive for human life.

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