Kazakhstan ready to contribute to strengthening of security in OSCE area
Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrissov attended the 23th Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the participating countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE Ministerial Council) in Hamburg (Germany).
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, taking into account the priorities of the German presidency of the OSCE, which was held in 2016 under the motto “Update dialogue, recreate trust and restore security”, the participants discussed the current challenges of FMC system of Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security and ways to restore trust between the Member States.
In his speech at the forum Ye. Idrissov presented the Kazakhstani view on Organization’s role in maintaining the peace and security, outlined the priorities of Kazakhstan’s activity in it for the coming years and urged the member countries to implement the provisions of the Astana declaration adopted at OSCE Summit in 2010 and became one of the few political statements of the Organization for the past two decades.
“The Astana Declaration laid the vision of a security community that can adequately confront the current challenges. This community must unite all members of the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian space without dividing lines, conflicts, spheres of influence and zones with different levels of security”, Mr. Idrissov said.
The head of Kazakhstan’s diplomacy stressed that the OSCE should respond effectively to the challenges of the XXI century and offer solutions to crises and conflicts. For this it is necessary to improve the work of institutions and entities, while maintaining a balance between the political-military, economic-environmental and humanitarian dimensions of its activities.
Ye. Idrissov emphasized that the creation of conditions for restoring confidence in the OSCE area could contribute to the realization of a number of initiatives put forward by Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the 70th UN General Assembly session in 2015. A special place among them is taken by the Global strategic initiative, involving the creation of a world free of war and nuclear weapons, states with equal access to the world’s infrastructure, resources and markets by 2045. In this regard, the Minister stressed that celebrating these days the 25th anniversary of its independence, Kazakhstan is ready to continue to make a practical contribution to strengthening the system of equal and indivisible security in the OSCE area.
In Hamburg, Ye. Idrissov also took part in the event “The relevance of arms control for the modern security of Europe”, which discussed the initiative of the OSCE Chairman – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the resumption of dialogue on arms control in the OSCE area.
In addition, Ye. Idrissov held a traditional meeting with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, inviting him to take part in the OSCE Economic and Environmental Conference in Astana, dedicated to the International specialized exhibition “EXPO-2017”.
At a meeting with Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Michael Link, the sides discussed the importance of combating hate crimes, Islamophobic and other types of ethnic and religious intolerance.
During the meetings of Ye. Idrissov with the heads of the delegations of Austria, Azerbaijan, Andorra, Armenia, Belgium, Croatia, Georgia, Germany, Spain, Italy, Mongolia, Russia, Portugal, the USA, France, the sides discussed topical issues of the international policy and bilateral cooperation, participation of foreign business and government in “EXPO-2017” in Astana, Kazakhstan’s program of work in the UN Security Council for 2017-2018.
With co-chairman of the NGO “International Peace Bureau” Reiner Braun they considered the ways of implementation of the proposal of the Head of State to allocate 1% of all the states of their military budgets for the sustainable development.
Source: Kazakhtan 2050