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NEWS AND EVENTS
September 7, 2006
Important Step in Strengthening Regional Security
On September 8, 2006 the signing ceremony of a Treaty on the Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia on the level of foreign ministers will be held in Semipalatinsk, town in Kazakhstan, ?Jahon? Information Agency reported.

The initiative on establishing the Central Asian Nuclear Free Zone was first proposed by the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov at the 48th session of the UN General Assembly, on September 28, 1993.

The International Conference ?Central Asia ? the Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone? held o?n September 15, 1997 in Tashkent was the first significant step in implementing this idea. The Conference resulted in setting up an Expert Group for drafting the Treaty and ways of implementation of the document.

The issues of according some articles and provisions of the Treaty have taken quite a long time. Practical meetings aimed to design the text of the Document were held in Geneva, Tashkent, Sapporo, Ashgabad and Samarkand.

The experts from the UN Department for Disarmament and MAGATE actively participated in negotiations on the legal framework of Uzbekistan?s initiative.

Consultations with experts from ?nuclear five? (Great Britain, China, Russia, France and the USA) were also held to bring into accord the provisions of the Treaty. They resulted in important amendments and proposals introduced into the Draft of the document.

The signing of the Treaty on the Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia will become a real contribution by the states of region to enforcing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as well as to the global process of disarmament and non-proliferation.

The implementation of the proposal by Uzbek President Islam Karimov will be first real step towards establishing an efficient system of regional security.


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