China hails efforts for creation of a nuclear-free zone in Central Asia

Kazakhstan Materials 6 September 2006 12:28 (UTC +04:00)

(Kazinform) - China highly estimates and supports the efforts of the five states of Central Asia for creation of a nuclear-free zone on the basis of voluntary negotiations.

And it welcomes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistans approval of the relevant treaty, an official representative of Chinas MFA noted on Tuesday at a briefing in Beijing, reports Trend.

The erection of the nuclear-free zone is favorable to nuclear nonproliferation, stimulation of reduction of nuclear armament, and cooperation for peace, safety and stability in the region.

China and the five states of Central Asia have traditional relations of friendship and cooperation, extend mutual understanding and lend support in international and regional affairs, Chinese diplomat emphasized.

The statement was made in connection with prospective signing ceremony of an Agreement on foundation of the nuclear-free zone by foreign ministers of Central Asian states in Semipalatinsk on September 8.