Praise for Kazakh nuclear stance5 September 2012
A senior Vatican official has praised the authoritarian Government of Kazakhstan for voluntarily giving up nuclear weapons after the break-up of the Soviet Union.
"This is a fine example to follow," said Archbishop Miguel Buendia, Vatican nuncio to Astana, at a disarmament conference in the Kazakh capital attended by parliamentarians from 150 countries. He said the former communist republic could have gained the world's third largest nuclear stockpile when it became independent in 1991, since much of the Soviet arsenal was stored on its territory.
"It could have been as great as China's and Britain's combined," Archbishop Buendia added. "Instead, it became the world's first country to give up these weapons voluntarily, without expecting anything in return."
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