Leaders of CIS states meet in Almaty


A two-day informal meeting of the CIS states’ heads opens in Almaty on December 19.

Leaders of CIS states meet in AlmatyThe presidents of Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan have already arrived. In whole the heads of seven CIS states will take part in the informal summit together with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The issues of regional interaction and struggle against modern challenges and threats, progress of economic cooperation, including the process of Customs Union formation within the framework of the EurAsEC and creation of a single economic space between Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia are on the agenda.

Besides, the leaders of the states will exchange opinions on provision of economic, humanitarian and political security in the region on the threshold of the EurAsEC’s 10 anniversary and beginning of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the OSCE in 2010.


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Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan to establish common economic space before 2012

Dec. 19. Xinhua. ALMATY

The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan announced Saturday that a common economic space would be established among the three countries before 2012 to further enhance cooperation .

“We will further deepen the process of integration under the framework of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC). A common economic space will be established before Jan. 1, 2012,” said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev in a joint statement at an informal meeting of leaders from ex-Soviet nations held here.

On Nov. 27, the three leaders signed a package of documents setting up a single customs union effective from Jan. 1, 2010 in a bid to seek joint accession to the World Trade Organization.

The customs union would promote the trade among the three nations, improve the competitiveness of products and win investing opportunities. It would promote and deepen the cooperation among members of the EurAsEC and enhance the mutually beneficial and cooperative relations among ex-Soviet countries, the statement said.


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Necessary to continue practice of holding informal meetings – Kazakh President


Daniyar Sikhimbayev

It is necessary to continue practice of informal meetings, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the informal meeting of the CIS states in Almaty on Saturday.

Making a keynote speech N. Nazarbayev determined issues that would be discussed. “We have gathered to exchange opinions regarding the issues of mutual interest and discuss our further joint actions. Holding of informal meetings became a good tradition. I am sure it is necessary to continue the practice allowing to discuss a wide array of topics, which concern all of us”, the Head of the State said.

He reminded that one of such meetings held in Sochi laid the foundation for EurAsEC formation and another held in Borovoye – to creation of the Customs Union.

The President of Kazakhstan emphasized that it would be useful to exchange opinions on the issues of regional security as well.


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Kazakhstan to host OSCE summit next year

December 20. Itar-Tass. Almaty

Kazakhstan that will take over the OSCE chairmanship on January 1, 2010 is planning to convene a summit of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) member states next year.

Seven CIS leaders attended an informal summit in Almaty on Saturday.

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev said that he wanted to discuss the agenda of Kazakhstan’s OSCE chairmanship and the OSCE summit with his Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) colleagues.

Nazarbayev said that since Kazakhstan was a collective CIS candidate to the post of the OSCE chairman, he would like to hear the opinion of each leader on this matter.

“This is the first time when a country member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) becomes the OSCE chairman. Kazakhstan will also represent our interests,” Armenian President Serge Sargsyan said.