On threshold of OSCE Summit: Trust, traditions, tolerance and transparency have always underlain Kazakhstan’s policy

On threshold of OSCE Summit: Trust, traditions, tolerance and transparency have always underlain Kazakhstan's policyASTANA. October 13. KAZINFORM /Meiram Baigarin/ In view of the upcoming OSCE Summit the National Information Agency ‘Kazinform’ has prepared a review of the press with the most interesting materials published in Kazakhstan and abroad on presidency of Kazakhstan in the OSCE and Summit in Astana. The newspaper ‘Kazakhstanskaya pravda’ on October 9 informed in the article ‘Peaceful coexisting of different cultures and nationalities is possible’ about discussion held in the Embassy of Kazakhstan on ‘Chairmanship of Kazakhstan in the OSCE in 2010: main results and achievements’.

Renowned Italian experts and politicians took part in the discussion. According to the participants of the discussion Kazakhstan leads by a good example. The history of Kazakhstan has so many proofs for cultural tolerance and interaction between different ethnic groups. President of ‘Vaux Populi’ Research Center Ermanno Visintainer told that tolerance, trust and tradition and transparency that were the motto of the OSCE this year had always been the basis of Kazakhstan.

The newspaper ‘Liter’ published an article ‘We will be tolerant. Is there life after holocaust?’ on October 7, which was about the OSCE Human Dimension Review Conference in Warsaw. The meeting was held with the motto ‘Tolerance and Nondiscrimination’. The issues of this regard were discussed. The participants of the Conference proposed to add these issues to the agenda of the Astana Summit scheduled for December 1-2. The representatives of Kazakh non-governmental organizations told about the model of keeping interethnic stability in Kazakhstan. A lot of participants of the meeting expressed their gratitude to Kazakhstan’s presidency for paying attention to such a problem.

In the same newspaper on October 1 Kazakh expert, Head of analytical department of the Security Council of Kazakhstan, Doctor of Political Sciences Erkin Tukum in the article ‘Pragmatic approach’ noted that the global economic crisis influenced political changes that actually were forming the post-crisis political situation.

‘It exposes strategic challenge for the world community, single regions, powerful states and little countries and every individual. New challenges are always new potential opportunities and serious risks. Thus those who can adjust to it fast will succeed’, the expert said.

According to him Kazakhstan is a good example of foreign policy because of its foundation which is balance, multidirectional vision, responsibility, dialogue and partnership. The recognition of Kazakhstan’s achievements by the world community proves that Kazakhstan can become a ‘coordinator’ between Europe and Asia. Kazakhstan’s presidency in the OSCE and Astana was chosen as the city for the Summit of the Organization it is all proves the success of Kazakhstan’s diplomacy.

On October 4, ‘Dala men Kala’ newspaper published several interviews with well-known politicians. OSCE representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic thinks that one of the goals of the Summit in Astana should be search for mechanism on ensuring independence of mass media, accessibility of the information for the media and increasing responsibility of the state for the protection of health and life of journalists. According to her Kazakhstan raised the level of presidency so that it gives hope to think that these issues would be solved in nearest future. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Audronius Azubalis noted that the fact that Kazakhstan had been selected to preside in the OSCE was the result of the policy Kazakhstan conducted. ‘Communistic China and capitalistic America have become strategic partners of Kazakhstan. It is all done due to right policy. It reflects life of people of the country. Therefore our country which is going to preside in the OSCE next year has a lot to learn from Kazakhstan and has great expectation for the OSCE Summit in Astana’, he said.

Former Austrian Federal Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer who took part in  ‘Kazenergy-2010’ forum also highly appraised the presidency of Kazakhstan in the OSCE as ‘Aikyn’ newspaper wrote on October 7.

’11 long years elapsed since the last summit of the OSCE and governments of many countries tried to organize the summit and they did not succeed but Kazakhstan did. This fact itself is an achievement. Secondly, the Summit proves the importance of Kazakhstan in this authoritative Organization. I believe that Kazakhstan has succeeded in organizing it thanks to the authority of Nursultan Nazarbayev. Many Heads of State will come to the Summit because of personal respect for President Nursultan Nazarbayev’, A. Gusenbauer said.

At the round table ‘From Helsinki to Astana’ the experts noted that the Summit in Astana mignt become a new life for the Organization. The newspaper ‘Vremya Novostey’ wrote about on October 5. Deputy Director of the Institute of the CIS countries Vladimir Zharikhin expressed his view on it. According to him the Summit in Astana has to found the basis for the restoration of the “baskets” of the OSCE.

At the end of October in St. Petersburg the International Parliamentary Conference will be held. It is dedicated to the presidency of Kazakhstan in the OSCE. The humanitarian dimension is expected to be the most discussed topic of the conference. This dimension includes fundamental human rights and freedoms.

The legislation system of Kazakhstan has been constantly improved. Majilisman Zhakip Asanov told that the group of deputies had developed a bill on access to public information the adoption of which would give answers to a lot of questions inside the country and in the international community. The newspaper ‘Strana and Mir’ published it on October 4.

‘According to the law the information is divided into two types, the information with restricted access and the rest’, he said.