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Bishkek initiative on Afghanistan has hidden subtext: expert Alexander Cooley

Politics Materials 3 December 2009 18:43 (UTC +04:00)
'Bishkek initiative' proposed by the Kyrgyz government to organize talks between Afghan Talibans and their opponents has some hidden motives, the U.S. expert on Central Asia Alexander Cooley.
Bishkek initiative on Afghanistan has hidden subtext: expert Alexander Cooley

Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 3 / Trend V. Zhavoronkova /

'Bishkek initiative' proposed by the Kyrgyz government to organize talks between Afghan Talibans and their opponents has some hidden motives, the U.S. expert on Central Asia Alexander Cooley.

Kyrgyzstan proposed the OSCE countries to hold talks between Talibans and their opponents at., "Bishkek initiative" can be a permanent platform for the consolidation of the confronting forces in Afghanistan, solving the challenges to strengthen security and stability in Central Asia in accordance with the speech of Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Kadyrbek Sarbaev at a meeting of the OSCE foreign ministers in Athens.

The Bishkek initiative is being discussed amid intensification of radical groups in Afghanistan and increasing terrorist threat for Central Asian countries as heads of the Central Asian countries repeatedly stated.

Cooley said that Bishkek is quite successful mediator in Afghan talks.

"Kyrgyzstan's membership in a number of different regional security organizations and international efforts (OSCE, SCO, CSTO, CIS, Manas Transit Center) could make it an appropriate venue for intra-Afghan talks," member of the Open Society, Columbia University's Barnard College Political Science Department Associate Professor, Cooley, told Trend via E-mail.  

However, the Bishkek initiative has also a hidden subtext, expert said.

"'Bishkek Initiative' proposed by Kyrgyzstan is an attempt to show that Kyrgyzstan is interested in playing a more active and constructive role on the Afghan issue," Cooley said. 

He said that the economic side of this issue is also very important.

However, there is also an economic motive at play here, as Bakiyev wants to present himself as a responsible and engaged member of the international community in the hopes that his country can receive some debt relief, expert said.

Kyrgyz national debt is currently at over $2 billion, more than its total GDP, and the country's national finances are threatening to spiral out of all control.

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