31.03.16: “Kazakhstan Ready for UNSC Role”: Interview with Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov

On March 18th, Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov held an interview with Dr. Shahid Qureshi for The London Post. The following is an extract from the interview, which can be read in full here.

 

Kazakhstan is a candidate for [a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council between 2017 – 18]; how hopeful are you of winning the seat in June this year?

Kazakhstan has been a member of the UN General Assembly for over 25 years and has played its role internationally. Our region has many challenges including those linked with nuclear safety, security and the economy, and I believe we can play a [significant] role in the United Nations Security Council by making it more equitable.

In 2010 Kazakhstan expressed its interest in bidding for a non-permanent member seat on the UNSC, [as part of its] six-year foreign policy agenda for 2014 – 2020. The purpose of this bid is to [widen Kazakhstan’s] role at the international stage towards issues of peacekeeping, energy, the environment, the economy, food security, poverty, terrorism and nuclear non-proliferation.

As a member state of the USSR, Kazakhstan had more nuclear weapons than UK, France and China [combined].  We were number four in the world.  We are great believers in nuclear disarmament and are working closely with the UN, the USA and others. We have developed a low enriched uranium bank, and countries that require nuclear fuel for the energy generation can apply to us via the IAEA.  Over 130 countries have supported our resolution in the UN on a universal declaration on the achievement of a nuclear-weapons-free world. We are working internationally via the UN and our own means on issues of water, energy and food security.

We are reaching out to all members of the UN and asking them to support our peaceful and progressive development policy, and through you [The London Post] I would urge the United Kingdom to support this policy and also support Kazakhstan in its UNSC bid.

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