News Center -TDO- In cooperation with the Embassy of Kazakhstan and the Turkish-Japanese Foundation Culture Center, the exhibition "The Role and Impact of Kazakhstan in the Goal of a Disarmed World" was held within the framework of the 30th anniversary of Kazakhstan's independence.
The event was attended by the Ambassadors of Kazakhstan, Japan, Azerbaijan, Singapore, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Moldova, Northern Cyprus; Director-General of International Security Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Gülin Dinç, and guests.
After a moment of silence before the exhibition, the short documentary "The Role and Impact of Kazakhstan in the Goal of a Disarmed World" was screened.
Making the opening speech, Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiro Suzuki reminded that the atomic bombs took many lives in Hiroshima and Nagasaki 76 years ago and said, "The consequences of the atomic bomb on people are unfortunate. Even after this event, nuclear tests in the Bikini Islands continue to cause deaths and injuries to Japanese citizens."
Noting his country understands the reality of atomic bombs much better than other countries with Kazakhstan and therefore has to strive for a world free from nuclear weapons, Suzuki said, "To promote nuclear disarmament, cooperation between countries which do and don't have nuclear weapons and functional and concrete measures are very important."
Expressing they expect the exhibition to be seen as an opportunity to understand the consequences of nuclear weapons, Suzuki added, "We invite Turkish people to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to witness the reality of atomic bombs with their own eyes and to deepen their perception for consequences of the nuclear weapon usage."
Ambassador Gülin Dinç, Director General of International Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, pointed out that the decades-long nuclear tests at the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site caused destruction and accelerated the destruction of nature.
Stating that Turkey appreciates Kazakhstan's initiative on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, Dinç said that Turkey also strives for the ultimate goal of eliminating nuclear weapons.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Kazakhstan's independence, Ambassador Dinç also expressed her condolences to Ambassador Suzuki on the 76th anniversary of the bombardment of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs.
In his speech, Kazakhstan's Ambassador to Ankara, Abzal Saparbekul, stated that 468 nuclear explosions were carried out for so-called peaceful purposes in Kazakhstan between 1949 and 1989. "This means half of all nuclear tests carried out in the world. As a result, the environmental balance of the entire region has deteriorated," he said.
Ambassador Saparbekuly stated that they commemorated the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site on the eve of his country's independence anniversary. "Nuclear tests have been a terrible artificial disaster that has poisoned our lands for more than forty years. It has suffered more than any other country and people in the world. Our irradiated land covers a gigantic region exceeding the size of a number of European states," he added.
After the speeches, the guests toured the exhibition.