Kazakhstan is ‘anchor of stability’ in Eurasia – German expert
June 20. KAZINFORM. BERLIN
Kazakhstan under the leadership of President Nursultan Nazarbayev has risen from the ranks of young country nation to an authoritative regional state. Diplomatic relations with 138 world countries have been established. Signing of over three thousands of interstate, intergovernmental and interdepartmental agreements have become the result of interaction with foreign state and international organizations. Virtually all of them were signed in Astana.
Principles of multi vector foreign policy, set by the President of Kazakhstan, confirmed their substantiality and became single base of Kazakhstan’s interaction with international communities.
German expert from Berlin Center for Caspian Region Studies of the Freie Universit?t Matthias Dornfeld told about his vision of Kazakhstan’s progress in foreign policy in the interview with Kazinform correspondent.
According to him, one of the significant achievements of Kazakhstan is chairmanship of Kazakhstan in the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2010. Kazakhstan became the first country of the CIS and CA Region chaired the authoritative structure.
During the chairmanship in the OSCE Kazakhstan took an active role in the normalization of the situation in Kyrgyzstan during the events of April 2010, thus proving once again its leading role in the Central Asian region.
According to the German expert, as an international mediator in the crisis Kazakhstan is a role model, having the unique experience of inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmony. “The Central Asian republic is home to more than 130 ethnic groups. More than 16 million people belong to the 42 denominations. Despite the many different religions in the country, among them there is no tension, ” M.Dornfeld informed.
Besides, M. Dornfeld noted Kazakhstan has chaired the Shanghai Cooperation Organization from June 2010 till June 2011. Afterwards, Kazakhstan became the chairman of the Organization of Islam Cooperation.
According to M. Dornfeld, despite the relatively short period of presidency OIS Kazakhstan, having a solid foreign policy and economic progress, including the leadership of the OSCE, as well as being a factor of regional stability, initiated the reform and strengthen the international role of the OIC.
The German expert also noted during the chairmanship in the OSCE in 2010, international partners of Kazakhstan pointed out the significant contribution of the country to the global nuclear disarmament.
By the initiative of Kazakhstan, The Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (CANWFZ) Treaty-also known as theTreaty of Semipalatinsk has been signed on 8 September 2006 at Semipalatinsk Test Site, Kazakhstan.
Continuing this theme it its necessary to mention that Astana hosted the International Conference on Nuclear Disarmament on august 2012. “The global anti-nuclear initiatives of President Nursultan Nazarbayev are highly praised by the world community. It is proved by the fact that some 80 international delegations took part in the conference.
Representatives of political and diplomatic circles suppose a future global security is not in the nuclear weapons but in the active foreign policy, which is strive to a peaceful co-existence of nations, taking of international confident-building measures an economic cooperation between countries,” Matthias Dornfeld emphasized.
In addition, according to the German expert, Kazakhstan is an important partner of Germany in Central Asia. Bilateral relations between the two countries are developing very fruitful. Regular meetings between the leaders of the two countries.
In whole, according to the German expert, Kazakhstan is not only an important partner for Germany, but also – in the age of globalization – the “anchor of stability in Eurasia.”