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Nazarbayev nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for nuclear weapons nonproliferation efforts

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27-02-2017, 10:00

Kazakhstani President Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev has been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize by Global Coordinator at Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament Alyn Ware.

Nazarbayev nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for nuclear weapons nonproliferation efforts

Mr. Ware also nominated an international organization Global Zero and another Kazakhstani activist Karipbek Kuyukov.

"Nuclear weapons are primarily a political weapon, not one currently used in the battlefield. As such, there is no single approach to eliminating the threat. Success in achieving nuclear abolition will require a combination of approaches, some emphasizing the inhumanity and illegality of nuclear weapons, others emphasizing the economic and political costs, and others emphasizing the possibilities to achieve security without relying on nuclear deterrence. …. Global Zero leaders include very influential legislators and former officials from the nuclear armed and allied States. They produce influential reports and hold effective consultations and meetings in the capitals of nuclear- armed states," he said in a statement explaining why he nominated the candidates.

"Global Zero youth have been instrumental in raising the issue through social media, at international conferences, in mainstream media, and most recently in the US presidential election campaign, where they managed to raise the nuclear weapons issue in town hall meetings with most of the presidential candidates."

"President Nursultan Nazarbayev stands out as a leader who has taken a number of significant nuclear disarmament initiatives during his 22 years as leader of Kazakhstan. ….not only has a commitment to the achievement of a nuclear-weapons-free world, but continues to take a number of initiatives that are influential in the process to achieve such a world. A Nobel Peace Prize would enhance the influence and support these processes globally," he said about the Kazakhstani leader.

As for Mr. Kuyukov, he said the following:
" … a hero of the nuclear age who is highlighting the tragic experience of his region in Kazakhstan – devastated by the long-term effects of Soviet nuclear tests. The ATOM Project, which he leads, informs the world of the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental impact of nuclear weapons and the imperative for nuclear abolition. A second generation victim of nuclear tests, Karipbek was born with severe health complications, including being born with no arms. …"

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