§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in achieving accession to the non-proliferation treaty and application of International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards to nuclear materials by each of the non-Russian republics and, in particular, Kazakhstan.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
Following extensive lobbying by a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, all of the republics of the former Soviet Union have now undertaken to accede to the NPT as non-nuclear weapons states. Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus recently made a formal undertaking in signing the protocol to the strategic arms reduction talks. We have emphasised to them that it is important that they act on these commitments as soon as possible.