Roundtable in Iran discusses nuclear free zone in Central Asia
|Uzbek Embassy in Tehran hosted a roundtable dedicated to nuclear free zone in Central Asia, Jahon news agency of Uzbek Foreign Ministry reported. |
Representatives of political and scientific circles of Iran, diplomatic corps and international organizations, accredited in Iran, participated in the event, the report said.
Uzbek President Islam Karimov vowed the initiative on creation of the nuclear free zone in Central Asia at the 48th session of General Assembly of UN in 1993. After several years of negotiations, five Central Asian states signed agreement on creation of nuclear free zone in Central Asia on 8 September 2006 in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan.
Professor Mehdi Sanai, director of Iran's Institute on issues of Russia, Central Asia and Caucasus, said the creation of nuclear free zone in Central Asia displays new stage in political development of the region and it is important geopolitical move.
He said Iran supported initiative of the Uzbek President Islam Karimov, which became important step in strengthening security in the heart of Eurasia. Considering Uzbekistan as key country in the region, Iran supports constructive foreign policy of Tashkent, he said.
Millan Gonsalez, charge d'affaires of Mexico in Iran, said the country supports initiative of Uzbekistan and ready to develop cooperation with Uzbekistan and other countries of the region to ensure security. Mexico considers initiative of Uzbekistan as an important event of international scale.
Avazbek Atahanov, Kyrgyz ambassador to Iran, said the agreement on creation of nuclear free zone in Central Asia has international significance not only in security, but also in political and humanitarian sphere.
He said the government of Kyrgyz Republic, signing agreement, demonstrated full support to initiative of brother Uzbekistan. Central Asian states show single positions in implementation of agreement and try to live in nuclear free world.
Li Jeng Tang, Chinese envoy to Iran, said China supports friendly relations with all states of the region and actively cooperates with them within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Initiative of the Uzbek president is concrete intend of Central Asian states to live in peace and nuclear free world.
Yoshitaka Hoshimo, advisor of Japan embassy in Iran, said Japan is only country in the world against which nuclear weapon was used. The Japan government is for full enforcement of non-proliferation treaty and supports creation of nuclear free zone in Central Asia. He said experience of the countries in the region attracts attention and should serve as an example to other states.
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