Memorandum by the Kazakhstan Government
(provided by the Attaché to the Ambassador of The Republic
The Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in
London, on behalf of the home Ministry of Foreign Affairs is co-ordinating
at present the British, European and International assistance,
both humanitarian and financial, for the human and ecological
rehabilitation and economic development of the Semipalatinsk and
Aral Sea regions of Kazakhstan.
The former Semipalatinsk nuclear testing ground
and Aral Sea ecological disaster, inherited by Kazakhstan from
the Soviet times, have become a matter of serious concern for
the people and the Government of Kazakhstan with regard to the
consequences for the lives and health of the people as well as
the environment of the region.
Taking into consideration the disastrous effect
of these catastrophes not only on the Republic but the whole region,
Kazakhstan urges the international community to provide necessary
assistance in the formulation and implementation of special programmes
and projects of treatment and care for the affected population.
Bearing in mind the need for know-how in minimising
radiological, health, social, economic and environmental problems
Kazakhstan invites all states, relevant multilateral financial
organisations and other entities of the international community,
including non-governmental organisations, to share their knowledge
and experience in order to contribute to human and ecological
rehabilitation and economic development of Semipalatinsk and Aral
In the light of the above, the Embassy believe
that TACIS programmes and the relevant aid and environmental organisations
should increase the effectiveness of their participation in the
various projects implemented in Kazakhstan.
Attache/PA to the Ambassador
26 May 1998