Kazakhstan has good chances to build a successful multi-ethnic state: OSCE High Commissioner

Kazakhstan has good chances to build a successful multi-ethnic state: OSCE High Commissioner

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 8 / Trend , E. Ostapenko/ 

Kazakhstan has good chances to build a successful multi-ethnic state in the Central Asia, OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities Knut Vollebaek said.  

"The authorities and people are very much aware of the complexity of those issues and they devote a lot of attention to minority matter unlike many other countries," Vollebaek said in his interview with Trend .

He said Kazakhstan has tried a number of innovative approaches, like multilingualism, the Assembly of People and searching for ways in which minorities could be represented in the policy making.

Kazakhstan's Assembly of People is an institute to promote inter-ethnic and inter-faith consent. It contributes to formation of Kazakh model of poly-ethnic society.

Priority directions of the Assembly of Peoples, which marked 15th anniversary in May, is to strengthen statehood, protect human rights and freedoms of the people and the state and to shift to a qualitatively new level of development that meets the requirements of a civilized world community.

Kazakhstan has an official bilingualism: Kazak and Russian languages.  

Many of those attempts have to be evaluated after some time, Vollebaek said.

"This is very important as minority issues are not static but they evolve with time," he said.

I think the country will greatly contribute to discussions in the OSCE family about issues that
concern integration and tolerance which are of utmost importance not only for Kazakhstan but for the whole world, Vollebaek said.

Kazakhstan can still improve some legislation and should reassure minorities that no changes implemented over night, he said.

Kazakhstan is home to about 120 ethnic groups and nationalities, principal among which are Uighurs, Russian, Uzbeks, Tatars, Germans, Koreans, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Jews, Azerbaijanis, Chechens and Ingush, Poles, Turks, Armenians, Greeks and Kurds.

Vollebaek debated population's concerns about change of geographic names with Kazakh authorities. He said he was assured that there was a moratorium on these changes and
that the leadership is very much aware of the sensitivity of this topic. If there should be changes in the future they will only do them in consultation with the population

He cited several examples of countries where two different place names exist
side by side depending on the two communities who live in a certain place.

This could be a creative solution and I try in my work to find a tailor made
solution to challenges that might exist in a given context, he said.

"Year 2010 will be a fascinating year and it will be very interesting to follow
the decisions and deliberations that Kazakhstan will bring to our Organization to
solidifying and fostering OSCE principles," Vollebaek said.

Do you have any feedback? Contact our journalist at [email protected]

Eurasian Development Bank to support hospitals construction in Kazakhstan
Eurasian Development Bank to support hospitals construction in Kazakhstan
Turkmen company continues construction of passenger car terminal
Turkmen company continues construction of passenger car terminal
Several facilities put into operation in Iran’s Parand New City
Several facilities put into operation in Iran’s Parand New City
Loading Bars
Pakistan: Several killed in explosion at Quetta hotel
MSF urges rich countries to back COVID vaccine patent waiver
U.S. commanders seek approval for aircraft carrier near Afghanistan during withdrawal
Britain's Heathrow Airport turns down airline requests for extra flights from India
Qatar reports 819 new COVID-19 cases, 199,180 in total
Uzbekistan reveals number of investment projects implemented with S.Korea, Japan
Azerbaijani gymnast reaches final of European Championship in Basel
Turkey records highest daily COVID-19 deaths toll yet, total nears 37,000
Executive power of Azerbaijan’s Astara district opens tender for overhaul of roads
Georgia introduces new regulation on activation of roaming services
Azerbaijan to increase production of pomegranate in 2021
Iran halts flights to 39 countries due to rising COVID: CAO
NASA, SpaceX delay Crew-2 mission launch to space station
Over 200 mln COVID-19 shots administered in U.S.
Olympic motto may be altered, IOC President says
Turkey extends short-term work pay scheme until June
Uzbekistan Airways plans to discontinue flights to nine countries
Review of Georgia's exports to China
Azerbaijani banks greatly expand mortgage lending volume - CBA
EU provides more details on projects supporting in Georgian energy sector
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on April 24
Extension of contract for dev't of gold-bearing deposit approved in Azerbaijan
Geostat reveals data on China's exports to Georgia
UK records another 2,396 coronavirus cases, 22 deaths
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Nizami Ganjavi Int'l Center to discuss need for human rights advocacy
Armenia demonstrates fascism in relation to historical monuments - Azerbaijani State Committee
Karabakh ceasefire agreement signed, time to move forward - Commissioner for Human Rights
Some Russian airlines receive permission to make regular flights to Azerbaijan
View of Azerbaijan's liberated territories horrifying - Belarus ambassador
Execution of memorandum on improving insurance literacy starts in Azerbaijan
Uzbekneftegaz completes drilling operations on several wells
Number of transactions at Uzbek Commodity Exchange for 1Q2021 increases
EIB to assist Uzbekistan in developing credit line for project in Aral Sea region
Longest tunnel in Iran to be opened by end of spring
WB expresses readiness to provide digital transformation support to Azerbaijan
Iran creating water trading market
Volume of credit investments in Azerbaijan's economy declines
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price rebounds
WB predicts fall in gold prices in 2021
Kazakhstan to establish new mobile operator
Exports markets demonstrate growing demand for Georgian medications
Kazakhstan talks ongoing work to open CLAAS agricultural vehicles' assembly plant
Turkmenistan's Turkmenbashi refinery to launch production of Jet A-1 aviation fuel
Uzbekistan, Latvia consider prospects for co-op in ICT
Azerbaijan shows footage from Bash Garvand village of Aghdam district (VIDEO)
Postal operators of Azerbaijan, Turkey launch money transfer service at favorable tariffs
India’s crosses a Landmark with Cumulative Vaccination Coverage more than 13 Crores
SOCAR Ukraine bidding for Odessa Port Plant’s tender
London Bridge station reopens after suspicious item investigated
Uzbek-Korean JSC announces tender for transport services
PM Modi to address virtual Leaders' Summit on Climate tomorrow
Turkmenistan's Turkmengeology opens tender for purchase of equipment
Delayed tourism recovery affects Georgian economic growth forecast
India gets elected to three UN ECOSOC bodies
Turkmenistan's Turkmengas opens tender for purchase of chemical products
UK extends G7 Foreign Ministers' meeting invite to India
Kazakhstan’s national postal service operator to buy spares via tender
Georgia prepares for UN Food Systems Summit 2021
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens for Apr. 21
Azerbaijan confirms 2,075 more COVID-19 cases, 2,480 recoveries
Iran Khodro declares amount of money to be saved
IRICA discloses details of Iran’s trade turnover with neighboring countries
Turkey reveals volume of goods received at Bandirma port in 2M2021
Georgian commercial banks see increase in profits
Industrial parks will also operate in Karabakh zone - President Aliyev
COVID-19 stalls launch of direct flights between Kazakhstan, US - ambassador
European countries to resume J&J COVID vaccine deliveries
Azerbaijan discloses volume of vehicles assembled at Ganja Automobile Plant
Dutch Stone City Energy to build TPP in Uzbekistan’s Surkhandarya region
WB names amount of allocations to countries against COVID-19
Carbamide production in Azerbaijan to grow, WB forecasts
Baku Stock Exchange holds auction on placement of CBA short-term notes
Turkmenistan's gas compressor plant contributes gas supply to oil wells
Eurasian Development Bank to support hospitals construction in Kazakhstan
Number of Kazakh companies increases in Turkey
Turkey unveils volume of cargo shipment through Kocaeli port
Onion exports from Georgia up, while imports decrease
Azerbaijan's Ganja Automobile Plant looks to enter markets of EAEU, neighboring countries
TCO talks release of excess amount pollutants at Kazakhstan’s Tengiz field
Azerbaijan eyes to introduce biometric e-signature system
Verizon loses more-than-expected wireless subscribers
Pace of Turkmen industry dev’t accelerating
Volume of Azerbaijan's 1Q2021 oil export to Spain disclosed
Austria increases import of Turkish-made chemicals
Silk Way West Airlines named ‘Cargo Airline of the Year 2020’
Turkey's 1Q2021 furniture export to Austria shows increase
Turkey's furniture export to Iran up
WB says global coal prices to jump in 2021
Cost of electricity imports to Georgia increase
Iran's Jam Petrochemical Complex sees increase in sales
Ukrainian Bees Airline plans to carry out Kyiv - Tbilisi - Kyiv flights
Azerbaijani state budget receipts through State Customs Committee exceed forecasts
Israel and UK consider green travel corridor
Chanel loses European court fight in trademark dispute with Huawei
Azerbaijan records decrease in lending to communications, transport sector
US committed to help diversify economic opportunities for people of Kazakhstan
101-year-old Malaysian INA veteran honoured
Roaming tariffs to be decreased within Eastern Partnership over next 5 years – deputy minister
Kazakhstan increases exports to UK
Iran receives part of its frozen funds from S.Korea to purchase COVID-19 vaccine
All news