Remarks With Belarussian Foreign Minister Sergey Martynov Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Palace of Independence
Astana, Kazakhstan
December 1, 2010

SECRETARY CLINTON: (In progress.) I did. I did. I really enjoyed it so much.

FOREIGN MINISTER MARTYNOV: Well, it’s really a national pride in the (inaudible).

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I can see why. I can understand that. And while the press is here, I want to publicly thank Belarus for the decision that has been made to eliminate the remaining stock of highly enriched uranium. This is a very significant, important step that Belarus has taken, and we look forward to welcoming a delegation to the Nuclear Security Summit in 2012 to commend and celebrate the end of this very important effort.

FOREIGN MINISTER MARTYNOV: Well, thank you very much, Madam Secretary. This move of Belarus is, in fact, an indication of the reflection of (inaudible) systems and responsible policies there of nuclear nonproliferation. You would know that Belarus was the first (inaudible) to the nuclear arsenal of the Soviet Union, to join the NPT without any preconditions. And we continue to work also with the United States to make possible the (inaudible). Thank you.


PRN: 2010/T36-04