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Uzbekistan Ratifies Pact for Non-Nuclear Zone
Uzbekistan on Monday ratified a treaty creating a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia, according to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti (see GSN, Sept. 8, 2006).
The treaty, which took nine years to negotiate, creates a weapon-free region comprising the former Soviet states of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
The pact cleared Uzbekistan's lower legislative body in January and its upper body last month. Uzbekistan's official media announced yesterday that Uzbek President Islam Karimov had ratified the accord on Monday, according to the Interfax news agency.
Officials from each country involved initially signed the document during a September 2006 ceremony in Semipalatinsk, a Kazakh town near a former-Soviet nuclear test site (RIA Novosti, April, 3).
March 13, 2014
On Friday, March 14, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. Five statesmen from Germany, Poland, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States call for the urgent formation of a Contact Group of Foreign Ministers to address the crisis and more broadly, create a new approach to building mutual security in the Euro-Atlantic region.
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A fact sheet on current and projected costs of maintaining the U.S. nuclear deterrent, produced by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
This article provides an overview of Uzbekistan's historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.