I wish there were no wars and children of different countries could play with each other
By Ilyas Omarov, KSPA President
OSLO (Norway), Sept. 13, 2020: Seven-year-old Kazakh Altair Omarov participated in an anti-nuclear bike ride through the cities of Eastern Norway, organised by Kazakh diplomats together with the Bike for Peace movement as part of the International Day against Nuclear Weapons Tests, proclaimed by the UN on the initiative of Kazakhstan.
“I wish there were no wars and children of different countries could play with each other,” the young Kazakh said before the start.
The grand launch took place in the city of Brumundal near the world's largest building made of wood – its height is 85 meters. The ceremony was attended by Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Norway Yerkin Akhinzhanov, Mayor of Ringsaker Anita Ihle Steen, and Founder of the Bike for Peace Tore Naerland, representatives of NGOs, anti-nuclear activists, and environmentalists
“When Kazakhstan gained its independence, it had the fourth largest nuclear arsenal in the world. The country has dismantled all its nuclear weapons. This is a good example for other nuclear states,” said Tore Naerland, in his speech, recalling with particular warmth his trips to Kazakhstan, including a visit to Semey.
After the start of the bike ride, the participants went from Brumunddal to the city of Hamar, where they finished at the city hall. Mayor of Hamar, Einar Busterud, came to meet the participants on a bicycle, which he willingly uses as his main vehicle.
After a small ceremony, the bike ride proceeded from Hamar to Stange, where it was also met by Mayor Nils A. Røhne. The bike rally will last for six days.