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Nursultan Nazarbayev held briefing following the Nuclear Security Summit

Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev has held a briefing following the official visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands to attend the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague.
World 25 March, 22:30

Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev has held a briefing following the official visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands to attend the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague.

During the meeting, the President Nazarbayev noted that fruitful meetings were held with the King of the Netherlands and the Premier of the country, the press service of Akorda reported

Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that the Netherlands was one of the key and progressive partners in the European Union for Kazakhstan. An active trade and investment cooperation of the two countries in various sectors is a good indicator of this. The Netherlands is the main investor into the economy of our country and one of its leading trade partners.

Investments of the Netherlands into the economy of Kazakhstan made up 30 billion dollars. Mutual trade turnover is about 10 billion, which is the highest among the EU countries. Kazakhstan has been implementing the industrial and innovative program, under which more than 500 ventures were set up and about 600 thousand jobs were created. We are inviting Dutch companies to a joint work. Our country is interested in development of processing companies in oil and gas sector, non-ferrous and ferrous industries and chemical industry. We grant preferences for such industries and create corresponding infrastructure. We are interested in cooperation in the information area and agriculture as well, - the President of Kazakhstan said.

Besides, the President noted that the Nuclear Security Summit plays a very important role for peace and security in the world. Kazakhstan is a very active participant in the process of disarmament and non-proliferation, as a state, which closed the world's largest Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and renounced nuclear arsenal.

The Head of State stressed the Nuclear Security Summit is focused on urgent issues’ consideration.

Kazakhstan is committed to strengthening of global nuclear security and believes it is necessary to focus efforts on the following directions: overall nuclear disarmament, counteraction to nuclear terrorism (not curtailing the right of countries to peaceful nuclear programs, exchange of technologies and equipment, expertise and experience), stepping up the role and authority of the IAEA, and creation of new nuclear-free zones,” the President said. 

Nursultan Nazarbayev also told about Kazakhstan’s proposal to establish bank of the reduced-enrichment fuel where secure uranium will be supplied for the nuclear power plants.

“On the sidelines of the NSS The United States and Kazakhstan have adopted a special statement for further rehabilitation of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site on the sidelines of the 3rd Nuclear Security Summit”

N. Nazarbayev briefed on the bilateral meetings with heads of states that are members of the UN Security Council and the G-8 to discuss important issues of bilateral cooperation and the international agenda.

He believes that the developments in Ukraine will not affect the integration process, and preparatory work for signing of the main agreement for the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union continues.

“Integration makes it possible to remove trade barriers and enhance competitiveness. Therefore, we have a purely pragmatic economic interest. Developing countries boost the economy and increase GDP. As for our political independence, it is a constant, and Kazakhstan will not give up its sovereignty, but we will be voluntarily transferring some economic powers to supranational authorities, as practiced in the European Union for example, where the European Commission regulates customs, trade tariffs, transportation of oil and gas, electricity, railways and highways. All the arising questions in our future union will be resolved by consensus. Final decisions will be made at all the three states' consent. The integration process will be furthered, and it is also a question of strengthening our independence,”  N.Nazarbayev said.

The President stated a confrontation between Western countries and Russia over the situation around the Crimea.

“There's much talk of late about the international law, but we are witnessing dangerous precedents of its violation. All these actions throw scores of years back the economies involved in the conflicts. Nonetheless, it should be noted that in Soviet times, the Ukrainian economy was second only to Russia, the republic possessed ample potential. Unfortunately the internal political situation has got out of control there, and the priority task now is to return it into the legal field, to hold elections and elect a legitimate president, parliament and government, then hold peace talks and settle the situation together. Ukraine has not resolved the border issue with Russia, which could be a bone of contention. It is good that Kazakhstan has long settled such issues with Russia, China and other neighboring countries,” the President stressed.

“Foreign policy of Kazakhstan is balanced and multi-vectored, and the internal situation in the country is stable, thanks to which it can develop sustainably. For further development we need peace, harmony and national unity. Therefore I urge all the colleagues from foreign countries to hold peace talks,” Nazarbayev stated.

“Recent events have shown that the world is still multipolar. G8 and G20 did not solve the problems of economic or political crises. So my suggestion of G-Global, which joins 190 countries, is becoming very relevant. It will allow to solve problems together", said the President.

The President noted that the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons has been regularly violated, and no sanctions have been taken against violators. In this regard, it is necessary to introduce a coercion method.

He also added that today all states think about resolving conflicts without confrontation and global shocks. "We must make decisions together to have peace on our planet", concluded President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Regarding the possibility of economic sanctions against the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan's President said they will not have a direct impact on our country. The economic slowdown in Russia, though, could affect our economy.

In conclusion of the briefing President N. Nazarbayev re-emphasized the importance of addressing all the issues without confrontation and global shocks, basing on balance of mutual interests.