Kyrgyz FM meets with OSCE Secretary General
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Ruslan Kazakbaev met on Friday with OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid on the sidelines of the 28th OSCE ministerial meeting in Stockholm.
The press service of the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry reported that during the meeting, a wide range of issues of cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and the OSCE were discussed. It was noted that over the decades of interaction with the OSCE, a fertile ground has been created in Kyrgyzstan for the formation and strengthening of transparent and effective democratic institutions.
It was noted that the political processes in the country, launched since the events of October 2020, certainly became a serious test for the maturity of democracy, and the elections to the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic held on Nov. 28, 2021, demonstrated Kyrgyzstan’s commitment to the OSCE principles in holding open electoral processes.
Kazakbaev expressed gratitude to the mission of international observers, including the ODIHR, the OSCE PA for their participation in monitoring the election processes in Kyrgyzstan. At the same time, he emphasized that all their recommendations, including those on technical problems that occurred, were taken under control by the competent authorities and the country’s leadership gave appropriate instructions to take the necessary measures to eliminate shortcomings and prevent them in the future.
In the context of the situation in Afghanistan, the increasing role and significance of the development of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek was emphasized. Thus, OSCE Secretary General was informed about the successful implementation of agreements on training Afghan youth at the Academy.
The OSCE Secretary General noted that the events in Afghanistan will have a disproportionate impact on the Central Asian countries and announced the decision to expand program activities in the Central Asian states in the field of strengthening borders, combating drug trafficking and illegal migration.
In addition, a constructive exchange of views took place on the concept of the high-level Central Asia – OSCE meeting, which will serve as a platform for summing up the results of 30 years of cooperation and discussing joint plans for the medium term.
Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency