ODIHR: Kazakhstan is on path of democratic development
Kazakhstan, Astana, July 1 / Trend S.Suleymanov /
Kazakhstan is a young nation, which is on transition towards democracy and in the process of democratic development, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Head Janez Lenarcic said at the news conference in Astana June 30.
"Democracy has no final states. Kazakhstan itself admits that it is in the initial stages of democratic development and recognizes the challenges awaiting it in the future," Lenarcic said.
He said Kazakhstan is ready to work with other countries and organizations, including the ODIHR, to solve problems with democracy and human rights.
"Yes, there are drawbacks, but work on them is underway [...], but Kazakhstan is ready to work over the errors and achieved breakthrough," he said.
During the press conference Lenarcic also touched the issue of holding the OSCE Conference on Tolerance and Nondiscrimination in Astana.
Lenarcic believes any incidents on the ground can turn into a critical situation with a broader scope in our globalized world. In his view, this conference is important.
The civil society held a preparatory meeting, which adopted 64 recommendations, the day before the Astana conference.
ODIHR is satisfied with cooperation with the OSCE in the period of Kazakhstan's chairmanship, Lenarcic said.
"We are satisfied with cooperation at the level of the staff of our two organizations. Both of our parties are qualified to hold this conference in Astana," he said.
Kazakh Leader Nursultan Nazarbayev's proposals on the establishment of the OSCE Tolerance Center and the post of High Commissioner on issues of tolerance are very interesting and they will require discussion among the OSCE member-countries, Lenarcic said, adding that they should consider these proposals and will decide.
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