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Kyrgyzstan calls to assist in solving the problem of uranium tailings

Bishkek, May 8 / Kabar /. A Kyrgyz delegation at the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in New York raised the issue of environmental effects of uranium mining. The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

Kyrgyz delegation, speaking on behalf of all the countries of Central Asia, told about the importance of considering the problem of the environmental consequences of uranium mining and activities on nuclear fuel cycle in producing and testing of nuclear weapons. It was noted that disposal of radioactive waste in the territory of Central Asian states or so-called "uranium tailings" pose a serious threat not only to the environment and water resources, but also sustainable development in the region.

Despite the efforts at the national and regional levels and measures to prevent the destruction of uranium tailings, the problem remains valid and requires assistance at the international level. Attention is drawn to the UN General Assembly resolution "The role of the international community in the prevention of radiation security in Central Asia", adopted on 20 December 2013 at the initiative of the Kyrgyz Republic. It is also noted that in the Treaty on the zone free of nuclear weapons in Central Asia, there are provisions concerning mitigation of environmental damage as a result of uranium mining and nuclear weapons testing.

In this connection, the delegation of Kyrgyzstan distributed among the participants of the Review Conference a working paper calling to assist in solving the problem of uranium tailings.

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