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VIENNA, May 7, 2019 - Kazakhstan stands ready to contribute to Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) efforts to strengthen international security and cooperation, said Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Beibut Atamkulov at a recent meeting with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger.
The meeting discussed deepening cooperation with the OSCE, a key tool for political dialogue, and an important structure in international relations, making a special contribution to resolving controversy and conflicts.
Mr. Atamkulov noted that Kazakhstan stands ready to fully contribute to OSCE efforts, taking into account the country's rich experience as OSCE Chairman in 2010 and Organization of Islamic Cooperation chairman in 2011-2012, and as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2017-2018.
Regarding the legacy of the Astana Summit, which has so far been the only meeting within the organization's framework in the 21st century, the international initiatives of the First President - Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev are particularly relevant. The First President offered a new “3D" geopolitical reality to the world community at the recent “Belt and Road" Second Forum of International Cooperation in Beijing, promoting the establishment of three dialogues, one of which relates to the potential coordination and unification of the OSCE and CICA.
Kazakhstan also supports the OSCE Secretary General's idea to create OSCE thematic centers, one of the future activities of which in Nur-Sultan relates to analytical and research work on interconnectedness.
Mr. Greminger expressed appreciation for OSCE cooperation with Kazakhstan and welcomed Kazakhstan's efforts to strengthening global interreligious and interfaith dialogue, which is in high demand in the current climate.
Appreciation was also expressed for Kazakhstan's unstinting devotion and support to the organization, especially at a time when multilateralism is under great pressure.
“The international community needs countries, that build, promote dialogue and support mediation efforts, like Kazakhstan," the OSCE Secretary General said. An key part of the meeting was the discussion of potential regional economic and transport integration, the successful implementation of which would lead to the formation of a single space from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
In this context, the distinctive role of Kazakhstan as the head of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Committee was highlighted, where the country's priority is the deepening of cooperation regarding energy, the introduction of new technologies, ensuring good governance and interconnection in the digital era.
Furthermore, regarding the work of international and regional associations in resolving the situation in Afghanistan, preparations are under way for holding a seminar in Nur-Sultan in October 2019, with the participation of the Permanent Representatives of the OSCE and participating states at the OSCE, on the topic of “Afghanistan and the OSCE: expanding opportunities for partnership and cooperation". This event will support the implementation of specific projects to strengthen stability through the development of human capital and infrastructure in Afghanistan.
The upcoming presidential election in Kazakhstan was also discussed during the meeting. The Foreign Minister stressed the continuity, predictability and stability of domestic and foreign policy, and the firm commitment of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and the country's entire leadership to democratic values and to conducting the elections honestly, openly and fairly. Mr. Greminger, in turn, noted the clear progress in Kazakhstan's socio-political and socio-economic development, which will allow for the organisation of high-level democratic elections.
During his official visit to Vienna on the occasion of the Day of Fatherland Defenders, the Foreign Minister laid flowers at the Monument to Soviet soldiers who died in the liberation of Austria from fascism, which was opened in 1945 in memory of 40,000 soldiers who fell in the war for Vienna.
The OSCE, originally the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), was established in 1975 after the signing of the Helsinki Final Act. Today, 57 OSCE participating States are engaged in discussing and resolving issues in three dimensions - military-political, economic-environmental and humanitarian.
The chairmanship of Kazakhstan in 2010, the OSCE Summit and the adoption of the Astana Declaration have become some of the organisation's most significant events in recent years.