Kazakh FM: Termination of Peace Corps activities not related to security issues
The termination of the U.S. Volunteer organization Peace Corps mission is not related to the security issues, CA-NEWS quoted Kazakh Foreign Ministry's representative Altay Abibullaev as saying.
"The analysis conducted shows that such termination by the Peace Corps and USAID is a common practice," Abibullaev said.
According to Abibullaev, after accomplishment of their tasks, such organizations have also accomplished their missions in the selected CEE countries, so this also indicates a new level of the state development
"None of the Peace Corps volunteers was injured, also any of the opposing cases were unknown while 18-year period of their work in Kazakhstan," Abibulllaev added.
U.S. Volunteer organization Peace Corps suspended its volunteer activities in Kazakhstan based on a number of operational considerations, the organization reported on Nov. 18.
According to some Kazakh media reports, the organization's activities were suspended in Kazakhstan followed a wave of militant attacks recently committed in the country.
According to Abibullaev, the Peace Corps volunteers work in many countries, including 34 African countries where the security issues are incomparable with the conditions in Kazakhstan. He also thanked for having the effective cooperation with this organization in the last years.
The Peace Corps was established in 1961 in U.S. Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 9,095 volunteers are working with local communities in 75 host countries.
Peace Corps has operated in Kazakhstan without interruption since 1993. Over 1,120 Americans have served in Kazakhstan since the program was established, working with communities in projects focused on teaching English, education, youth development, HIV/AIDS prevention, and community development.
Edited by E. Kosolapova