07 April 2010, Astana

Remarks at press conference with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan

Thank you, Mr. President, for this honour.

I take this honour with a distinct sense of privilege, knowing that you are honouring the United Nations while honouring me. There is no greater honour than the strong support for the United Nations you have shown today.

Thank you very much, Mr. President.

Let me say few words to the distinguished journalists.

Let me begin by thanking President Nazarbayev and the people of Kazakhstan for the warmth and hospitality they have shown to me and my delegation.

06 April 2010, Kurchatov

Remarks to the media at Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,

I have just flown over Ground Zero, standing on Ground Zero just two kilometres from the real site of nuclear tests is a very sobering experience for me.

More than 450 nuclear bombs were tested here with a terrible effect on people and nature. They have totally destroyed our environment. Poisoned earth, rivers and lakes, children suffering from cancer, birth defects.