OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities commends Kazakhstan’s efforts to strengthen inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmony

NUR-SULTAN, 3 September 2019 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Beibut Atamkulov, received the High Commissioner for National Minorities (HCNM) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Lamberto Zannier.

At the meeting, the sides discussed current bilateral cooperation with the world’s largest regional security organization, as well as the interaction of Kazakhstan’s state bodies with the HCNM.

The Foreign Minister informed Mr. Zannier about the main directions of state policy in the field of strengthening inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmony.

“The unity of the people of Kazakhstan, creation of opportunities to respect the rights of all ethnic groups and their further development, state support for ethnic and cultural diversity form the basis of the national policy of Kazakhstan,” Mr. Atamkulov said. In this regard, it was noted that the First President of Kazakhstan, Leader of the Nation, Nursultan Nazarbayev, played an outstanding role in establishing the Kazakh model of peace and harmony and in creating a unique institution - the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan - serving as one of the key partners of the HCNM in our country.

In recent years, a number of significant projects have been implemented in the country, including with regard to the recommendations of the OSCE High Commissioner, aimed at further consolidating the Kazakh society, strengthening institutions of inter-ethnic and interfaith harmony, building an effective system of interaction between government bodies and ethnic and cultural associations, as well as improving the education system in the languages of various ethnic groups of Kazakhstan.

It was noted that today ethno-cultural associations are involved in the promotion of such significant projects for the country as Tugan Zher, Sacred Geography of Kazakhstan and Contemporary Kazakh Culture in the Global World.

The parties discussed the implementation of bilateral projects through the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. The diplomats also agreed to support joint efforts aimed at improving the efficiency of priority areas for Kazakhstan, including the youth and language policies and the digitalization of public services.

“We highly appreciate the level of our cooperation with Kazakhstan and look forward to continuing a constructive dialogue with all participants involved in this process. We see our cooperation as a two-way street, where there is a very interested exchange of experience and best practices,” said Lamberto Zannier, who also served as the OSCE Secretary General in 2011-2017.

In addition, the sides exchanged views on the current trends related to the rights and freedoms of national minorities in the OSCE area, as well as on the preparations for the official OSCE Ministerial Meeting, which will be held at the end of this year in Bratislava as part of the Slovak Chairmanship under the motto “For people, for dialogue, for stability”.

Created at : 3.09.2019, 16:45, Updated at : 3.09.2019, 16:45