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Kazakhstan Calls For A World Free Of Nuclear Weapons By 2045

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev made his remarks at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev has urged the world to abandon nuclear weapons by the UN centenary in 2045.

Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York on September 28, Nazarbaev said a world without nuclear weapons should become "the main goal of the humankind in the 21st century."

The president said Kazakhstan was the first country in history to close a nuclear site as it renounced the world's fourth-largest nuclear arsenal.

The weapons were part of the arsenal of the Soviet Union before it collapsed in 1991.

Nazarbaev also urged the international community to find a swift resolution to the Ukrainian conflict and called for the "full implementation” of a cease-fire agreement reached in Minsk in February.

Nazarbayev also proposed a "unified global network to counter international terrorism and extremism."

Based on reporting by AP and Interfax