Kyrgyzstan participated in the TPNW negotiations in 2017, but did not cast a vote on the adoption of the Treaty. The government has consistently abstained on the annual UN General Assembly resolutions on the Treaty, including in 2022.
|TPNW Article 1(1) prohibitions: Compatibility in 2022|
|(a)||Develop, produce, manufacture, acquire||Compatible|
|Possess or stockpile||Compatible|
|(c)||Receive transfer or control||Compatible|
|Threaten to use||Compatible|
|(e)||Assist, encourage or induce||Compatible|
|(f)||Seek or receive assistance||Compatible|
|(g)||Allow stationing, installation, deployment||Compatible|
|TPNW voting and participation|
|UNGA resolution on TPNW (latest vote)||Abstained (2022)|
|Participated in 1MSP (2022)||No|
|1MSP delegation size (% women)||N/A|
|Adoption of TPNW (7 July 2017)||Did not vote|
|Participated in TPNW negotiations (2017)||Yes|
|Negotiation mandate (A/RES/71/258)||Did not vote|
|Other weapons of mass destruction (WMD) treaties|
|Party to an NWFZ||Yes (Ratified 2007, Semipalatinsk)|
|Party to the NPT||Yes (Acceded 1994)|
|Ratified the CTBT||Yes (Ratified 2003)|
|Party to the BWC||Yes (Acceded 2004)|
|Party to the CWC||Yes (Ratified 2003)|
|IAEA safeguards and fissile material|
|TPNW Art 3(2) deadline||N/A|
|Small Quantities Protocol||Yes (Original)|
|Enrichment facilities/reprocessing plants||No|
Kyrgyzstan maintains policies and practices that are compatible with all of the prohibitions in Article 1 of the TPNW, and can therefore sign and ratify or accede to the Treaty without the need for a change in conduct. In February 2022, Kyrgyzstan attended a meeting in Kazakhstan hosted by the foreign ministry to promote adherence to the TPNW. Kazakhstan emphasised the compatibility of the TPNW with the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (NWFZ) Treaty, to which all states in the region are parties.1
At the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in August 2022, Kyrgyzstan said that ‘in the light of the rapidly changing world paradigm, the issue of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction has become more relevant than ever’.2 It also submitted to the Review Conference a working paper on the environmental consequences of uranium mining.3
In the First Committee of the UN General Assembly in October 2022 Kyrgyzstan proposed the establishment of an international day for disarmament and non-proliferation awareness.4
- Kyrgyzstan should comply with its existing obligation under Article VI of the NPT and pursue negotiations in good faith on nuclear disarmament.
- Kyrgyzstan should urgently adhere to the TPNW. Until it is in a position to do so, it should welcome the TPNW as a valuable component in the global disarmament and non-proliferation architecture, work with the Treaty's states parties on practical steps towards disarmament, and attend the meetings of states parties as an observer.
- Kyrgyzstan should upgrade to a Modified Small Quantities Protocol with the IAEA.