Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship to Bring New Tone to OSCE, Foreign Minister says
Kazakhstan, Astana, 10 Dec. / corr. Trend K. Konirova / Kazakhstan's chairmanship will bring new tone to OSCE's activities, Marat Tajin, Kazakh foreign minister, said in his interview, published in the Kazakh public political newspaper Express K on the results of OSCE foreign ministers' meeting held in Helsinki on 5 Dec.
"Firstly, all the countries hope that Kazakhstan's chairmanship will bring new tones OSCE's activities," Marat Tajin said.
Secondly, most people note that 2010 will see the jubilee anniversary of the OSCE, which marks the 35th year after memorable meeting in Helsinki, according to minister.
"It portrays a certain symbolism. When we tell our counterparts that we will hold the Islamic conference in 2011, it causes great interests. So, all regarded the Astana declaration as great success of the Kazakh diplomacy," he said.
No concerns were voiced in the meeting in connection with Kazakhstan's upcoming chairmanship at the OSCE.
"We say openly to our partners that time, when we and other CIS countries can be didactically taught, has passed. All issues must be solved through dialogue and on the constructive basis.
We are grateful for critical remarks and recommendations, which we basically take into account. But it doesn't mean that all recommendations will be adopted for sure," the Kazakh Minister said.
Kazakhstan exemplifies real partnership, cooperation and collective discussion, he said.
"And our future chairmanship at the OSCE will be based on search for reasonable compromises, he said. Presently, Kazakhstan is regarded as a partner nation, but not an exotic country which is in a faraway land.
Such a psychological change occurred due to not only our economic resource base, but political tolerance, stability, consistency and strength of Kazakhstan's positions," the Minister said.
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