Sustainable Democracy in CICA Countries Discussed in Astana

Oct 28. MFA

Sustainable Democracy in CICA Countries Discussed in AstanaGovernment bodies and non-governmental organizations have an essential role to play in promoting a sustainable democratic development. The attendees of a high level seminar of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA), held in Astana on October 28, reiterated this message as they shared knowledge on traditions and modern experience of building democracy in their countries.

The seminar provided an opportunity to discuss a wide range of questions on the role of representative, executive, and judiciary bodies, as well as of human rights and other societal organizations in the process of democratic development of the CICA member states.

The high-level representatives of the CICA Secretariat, including the Organisation’s Chairman-in-Office Ahmet Idem Akay, representatives of the CICA member countries and their relevant government bodies as well as public organizations participated.

Kazakhstan has always emphasized the need for intercultural dialogue. As the human dimension coordinator, the country prepared a concept paper and an action plan in this area, which was subsequently adopted by the member states by consensus, Kairat Sarybai, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, said in his opening speech at the event.

“According to the Concept paper, the main objectives of the confidence building measures in human dimension are peaceful and democratic development of the peoples of the CICA Member States, the creation of an enabling environment for the development of humanitarian cooperation between the peoples of the Member States, as well as promoting dialogue among cultures, civilizations and religions,” Sarybai said. He added that the current seminar was a follow up to these documents initiated by Kazakhstan.

The deputy minister called on the member countries to take more actions in this important area, highlighting that Kazakhstan, in turn, “will strive for the implementation of more CBMs in the future for the benefit of all Members and, most importantly, in the spirit of Astana.”

The CICA is an intergovernmental forum for dialogue, consultations, and adoption of decisions and measures on the basis of consensus on security issues in Asia. It is aimed at enhancing co-operation through elaborating multilateral approaches towards promoting peace, security and stability in the continent. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev first put forward the initiative to convene the CICA during his address at the 47th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on October 5, 1992.

The Organisation consists of 24 member states, 8 observer states, and 3 observer organizations. Turkey is chairing the CICA for the period of 2010-2012. The Organisation has held the following meetings since its establishment: the First Ministerial Meeting in 1999, the First Summit in 2002 in Almaty, the Second Ministerial Meeting in 2004, the Second Summit in 2006 in Almaty, the Third Ministerial Meeting in 2008, and the Third Summit in 2010 in Istanbul.

It operates on the basis of the Catalogue of Measures, CICA Rules of Procedure, the Statute of the CICA Secretariat, the Cooperative approach for the implementation of the CICA CBMs, and others.

The CICA Secretariat, led by Turkey’s Cinar Aldemir, is located in Almaty.