Nuclear disarmament will be Kazakhstan's top priority as UNSC member, says President Nazarbayev

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New York [USA],Jan.19 (ANI): The Government of Kazakhstan and the country's President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has said that giving encouragement to steps for global nuclear disarmament will be their top priority as they take up a seat on the United Nations Security Council for the next two years. Setting down the country's priorities for global peace and security through a wide-ranging statement released this month and distributed in New York, President Nazarbayev said Kazakhstan as the UNSC's latest non-permanent member has called on all member states to set a goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons by the time the United Nations observes its 100th anniversary in 2045. He drew particular attention to the urgent need to find a constructive solution to the issue of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.was determined to support all efforts to improve trust and co-operation between countries and to work to create consensus on tackling global challenges. Turning to the threat of and from global extremism and terrorism, President Nazarbayev repeated his call for the creation and establishment of a global anti-terrorist coalition under the auspices of the United Nations. He also said that Kazakhstan would work tirelessly on the Security Council to tackle the threat from ISIL and Al-Qaida and to ease tensions in and around the Horn of Africa. The document, entitled Kazakhstan's Concept and Vision for Sustaining Global Partnerships for a Secure, Just and Prosperous World, was distributed as the country's Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov addressed the UN Security Council's High-Level Open Debate on "Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Conflict Prevention and Sustaining Peace" last week. President Nazarbayev promised to support efforts to modernise U.N. structures so they reflected the realities of the 21st Century and to strengthen its peacekeeping efforts. Being the first Central Asian state to be elected to join the UN Security Council, he said, Kazakhstan would seek to promote the interests of all countries of the region to bolster its stability and security. Singling out Afghanistan as a particular priority, he called for "broad, balanced, meaningful and result-oriented discussions" to help the country return to lasting peace and security. President Nazarbayev said his country was committed to work in a balanced and unbiased manner on the Council's entire agenda to help shape a secure, just and prosperous word. Kazakhstan took up its non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council in January 2017, at the start of its two-year tenure. (ANI)