U.N. High Representative Kane opens "Looking for Peace" art exhibit
Kane greeted everyone present at the event and commended the artist who created the works for the exhibition, Karipbek Kuyukov, for his ability to showcase the consequences of nuclear tests.
"As we prepare to commemorate the observance of the International Day against Nuclear Tests, who could possibly present a more inspiring statement of the triumph of the human spirit than this gifted artist?" Kane said. "He has not only conquered severe physical hardships as a result of past nuclear tests in Kazakhstan. He is also winning the hearts and minds of people around the world who have seen his works of art and can now better comprehend the full humanitarian and environmental consequences of nuclear tests."
Kane commended Kazakhstan for its Abolish Testing Our Mission Project and for President Nazarbeayev's decision to close Kazakhstan's nuclear test site in 1991, a decision that inspired the international community to take a closer look at the consequences of nuclear testing and nuclear war.
"President Nazarbayev's decision tells us what was done: closing the test site," Kane said. "Mr. Kuyukov's brush is telling us why it was done and why there must be no more tests."
Kane, in closing, thanked Ambassador Byrganym Aitimova for organizing the event and for her commitment to advocate for nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation and the banning of nuclear testing.
"I am certain that it is this type of personal commitment by governments and their citizens that will lead us, one day, to a nuclear-weapons-free world," Kane said. "Let's get to work today to make this vision a reality."