Kazakhstan to Remain Active Player of Global Politics, Nazarbayev says
Mar 02. MFA
Central Asia has great potential to become one of the global energy centres, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at an annual meeting with the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Astana on March 2.
“We see the future of the region in the development of a system of oil and gas pipelines which would export our hydrocarbon resources to Europe and Asia,” President Nazarbayev said, calling upon his neighbours to combine efforts and solve all disputable water management issues on principles of mutual benefit and equality.
Addressing the traditional gathering of foreign diplomats in Astana, Nazarbayev listed several priorities of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy, including non-proliferation, Central Asian integration, security in Asia, the Common Economic Space with Russia and Belarus, information security, sustainable development with specific focus on energy and environment.
As a consistent proponent of Central Asian integration, Kazakhstan views it as opening wide opportunities for implementing large-scale joint projects. In this regard, the President proposed to establish a regional free trade zone in Central Asia, adding that the countries of the region should “create and develop a single Central Asian network of railway and motor roads”.
Reflecting on the region’s energy and food resources, Nazarbayev suggested the countries of the region should work closely to establish a common regional food pool.
“We see great potential for the countries of the region to become an international community’s collective outpost in the fight against international terrorism and extremism, illegal migration, drug trafficking and other modern challenges,” Nazarbayev said, expressing Kazakhstan’s readiness to strengthen interaction on the wide spectrum of regional security issues.
Recalling that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the initiative to set up the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures, Nazarbayev said the process, in fact, has come to a point when its participation in international relations in Eurasia and globally should translate into more effective actions. He called upon the CICA participants to work jointly to advance the forum as a new full-fledged international Organisation for Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia.
Addressing the audience, Nazarbayev lamented the lack of dynamics in implementing the Astana OSCE Summit Declaration, noting that “the ship called ‘the OSCE’ runs lurched on the humanitarian dimension as before”.
“Again, we observe unproductive attempts to use such a mechanism as missions of observers over national elections to exert pressure by one group of countries upon others,” Nazarbayev stated, warning that if this trend persists Kazakhstan will stop inviting OSCE monitoring missions for all types of elections.
“This is not only my own opinion, but one that is expressed in the entire CIS,” the President added.
Such practices “pull us back into the past, undermine the importance of the OSCE as an institution of mutual trust,” he continued. “At the same time, the OSCE failed to become a platform for finding solutions to the economic ‘stupor’ in which all participating states are finding themselves, and which continues to encompass new countries in the area of its responsibility.”
Staying on the subject of the OSCE, President Nazarbayev said: “It is obvious for everybody that the global currency system is deficient. Its deficiencies threaten to invite the repeat of the global crisis, even more powerful than two years ago. However, issues of economic security are still outside of priorities for the OSCE.”
“Military dimension of the OSCE remains stalled. Equally stalled is the Corfu Process. Kazakhstan’s proposals to expand the number of baskets within the organisaiton are also not being implemented,” Nazarbayev stressed asking the diplomats to relay these concerns to their respective governments.
Turning towards the integration in Eurasia, he characterised the establishment of the Common Economic Space as “an important factor of regional stability, our economies’ competitiveness and their technological breakthrough”.
Speaking of global developments, Nazarbayev called a political practice of using methods of “externally whipping up” unprepared political changes in some societies as unproductive for the twenty-first century.
Instead, he said, the global politics in the twenty-first century should be based on such principles as “constructive multipolarity, transparency, trust and political tolerance, priority of evolutional development”.
Pointing out the common responsibility of all states for the fate the planet, Nazarbayev said Kazakhstan will put forward its Green Bridge Initiative for discussions at the Rio+20 conference later this year, which, according to him, pursues transfer of “green” technologies and creation of man-planted forests.
Remarking that the work of the diplomatic corps is of great importance for Astana, President Nazarbayev concluded the meeting by saying that despite the harsh winters of the country’s young capital, “Kazakhstan’s relations with all countries always stay “above zero”.