UN Deputy Secretary-General expressed support for Kazakhstan’s course on modernization
During the conversation, the Foreign Minister briefed the high-ranking leader of the world organization on the profound changes in Kazakhstan related to the redistribution of powers between the branches of the government and the introduction of appropriate changes to country’s Constitution, and he noted the advanced nature of the initiatives of the Head of State for the third modernization of Kazakhstan, voiced in the Address of N.Nazarbayev to the people of Kazakhstan.
The Minister stressed that the package of constitutional and modernization reforms is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals in terms of developing of effective state institutions and demonstrates Kazakhstan’s commitment to strengthening of independence, building of a politically stable and economically sustainable, tolerant, multi-ethnic and multi-faith society. The amendments to the country’s Basic Law create solid bases for the future of our country and serve as a guarantee for the further progressive development of Kazakhstan and the continuation of a peaceful and constructive foreign policy course determined by the Head of State.
The high representative of the UN expressed support for Astana’s course on modernization and noted that the amendment to the Constitution have become an indicator of the progress of the country achieved in the political and economic spheres. M.Jenca highly appreciated the role of Kazakhstan as an effective mediator in the peaceful settlement of crisis situations in the region and in the world, highlighting the contribution to the organization of several rounds of the Astana process on Syria. Such an approach, in his opinion, coincides with the ideas of the new UN Secretary General on the priority importance of preventive diplomacy in settling various crises of the modern world.
The Kazakh side noted the marked intensification of the bilateral and multilateral cooperation in Central Asia, whose countries demonstrate a constructive approach to solving many topical issues and practically do not have insurmountable problems. There is expressed confidence that the potential for regional interaction will be fully utilized in the course of Kazakhstan’s membership in the Security Council. In particular, it was about the arranging of the visit of the delegations of the members of the UN Security Council to Afghanistan and the region, the holding of a number of regional security conferences to develop the agreed position of the countries concerned.
The interlocutors underlined that, in fact, the issues of the regional security in Central Asia and Afghanistan are an important aspect of the UN agenda, taking into account the desire to turn this region into a “zone of peace, security and cooperation”. In this regard, the sides expressed readiness for joint work on the content of the program of country’s chairmanship in the UN Security Council in January 2018, including the organization of a high-level debate on the global and regional security.
K. Abdrakhmanov supported the reform of the UN counter-terrorism architecture, the creation of the UN Office for Counterterrorism under the leadership of the UN Deputy Secretary-General, who will be the Coordinator of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General on Counter-Terrorism. The UN is invited to Astana in late August to attend a major international conference of the Pugwash movement of scientists dedicated to the International Day against Nuclear Tests, as well as to participate in the opening ceremony of the Bank of Low Enriched Uranium of the IAEA.
The Minister recalled the invitation for the UN Secretary General to take part in the international exhibition “EXPO-2017”, the SCO summit, and also he focused his interlocutor on the work on the creation of a regional hub in Almaty that would unite the international agencies, funds and UN programs presented in our country under the same roof. One of the main activities of such a hub could be humanitarian operations and emergency response in the region, appropriate transport and logistics operations, assistance in disaster risk reduction. Along with this, in the current difficult conditions of transnational challenges and threats, the task of strengthening of the political presence of the UN in the vast space of Central Asia and Eurasia as a whole becomes urgent.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that the talks showed the desire of Kazakhstan and the UN to achieve practical results not only at the bilateral level, but also to strengthen the regional cooperation for peace, stability and security.
Source: Kazakhstan 2050