"Semipalatinsk: from nuclear nightmare to epicenter of peace"

Media Invitation

Wien (OTS) - On Tuesday 29 August 2006 at 13.00 hours at the
Vienna International Centre will be the opening ceremony of photo-exhibition entitled "Semipalatinsk: from nuclear nightmare to epicenter of peace", marks the 15th anniversary of the closure of the nuclear test site in Kazakhstan. There will be a reception at the opening event.

The exhibition will be officially opened by Ambassador of Kazakhstan Doulat Kuanyshev and Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Tibor Toth.

The photographs show the environmental and human consequences of nuclear explosions carried out at the site which used for almost 500 tests by the Soviet Union for more that 40 years. In contrast there will also be photographs showing the natural beauty of the Kazakh landscape and its fauna and flora. The photographs also show the nuclear explosions, the test site closing and anti-nuclear protestors. The cumulative power of the nuclear explosions as Semipalatinsk, both above and below ground to be equal to 2500 Hiroshima bombs. People in the area around Semipalatinsk are continuing to suffer in the form of birth defects and mutations, immunological deficiencies, cancer and other diseases from what is believed to be the effect of the nuclear tests.
We kindly invite you to attend the official opening ceremony of photo-exhibition in the Vienna International Centre.

Rückfragen & Kontakt:

Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
in the Republic of Austria
Mr. Adil
Tel.: 01/367 66 57