Sam Baroni, Secretary of the Organization for Middle East and National Security and professor of the university presented the award to the Head of State in the Akorda residency.
During the meeting with Nursultan Nazarbayev, she said that the university has decided to award the first International Peace Prize upon President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan in order to express the deep recognition of his historical decisions on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and voluntary refusal of the fourth largest nuclear arsenal in the world. This award should remind to other countries that Kazakhstan’s peaceful example is the most reliable way to global security.
“It was not difficult to us to come up with this decision, because we can see no other man in the world today more deserving the International Peace Prize. He has contributed to making Kazakhstan a safer and a peaceful place for the people of Kazakhstan. But he has also contributed in a grand way by taking a giant step to make our world a safer and more peaceful place for different nations of the world,” Professor Baroni said at a press briefing.
Sam Baroni also said that President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s initiatives on establishing Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia and Congress of world and traditional religions assist to the resolution of existing problems.
“It is important that Kazakhstan serves as an example to the rest of the world that you can live in a safe and secure world without nuclear weapons,” she said.