Kazakhstan calls to stop violence in Syria: FM
Kazakhstan has called for stopping violence, starting a dialogue, liberalizing the society and conducting reforms in Syria, Foreign Minister Erzhan Kazykhanov said, ITAR-TASS reported.
"We are taking part in discussions and consultations on these issues paying equal attention to political, economic and humanitarian aspects," Kazykhanov said.
He said that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation extended a $500 million aid package to countries of the Horn of Africa suffering from hunger.
Kazakhstan, who chairs the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, has expressed readiness to mediation in Syrian conflict since its beginning.
Nonstop anti-governmental protests have been continuing in Syria for eight months. The UN claims the number of clash victims in the country exceeded 3,500. The Syrian authorities say more than 1,500 were killed from both sides, including more than 1,100 law enforcers.
Edited by E. Kosolapova