Kazakhstan launches campaign to ban nuclear testing

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Ambassador Mukhtar Tileuberdi of Kazakhstan

A new international campaign has been launched by Kazakhstan to promote nuclear disarmament.

The project, known as ATOM, an acronym for "Abolish Testing: Our Mission" was unveiled in Geneva to mark the International Day against Nuclear Tests, observed on 29 August.

Ambassador Mukhtar Tileuberdi of Kazakhstan says August 29 is the day when his country decided to close the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site which was used by the then Soviet Union.

"Since 1949, over four the decades at the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, the former Soviet government detonated more than 456 atomic bombs. This is on- third of nuclear tests carried out by all nuclear states since 1945. About one and a half million people were affected by consequences of nuclear tests and a huge territory the size of Germany has been affected by radiation."

Duration: 28"

Kazakhstan hosted a forum in Geneva with more than 200 delegates from 75 countries to commemorate the third anniversary of the International Day against Nuclear Tests.

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