Concrete step achieved for nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The first concrete step towards ensuring nuclear weapons are banned from Central Asia has been achieved, according to the UN Secretary-General.

On Tuesday, five countries that hold nuclear-weapons signed a protocol to the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia.

The five countries are the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China.

Ban Ki-moon welcomed the signing which also commits these countries not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against other parties to the Treaty.

When the Treaty entered into force in March 2009, it created the world's first nuclear-weapon-free zone located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Secretary-General congratulated the five Central Asian States that consolidated the zone—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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