President of European Parliament attaches great importance to Kazakhstan’s OSCE chairmanship


Yerzhan Ospanov

President of European Parliament attaches great importance to Kazakhstan's OSCE chairmanshipOSCE Chairman-in-office, Kazakh Secretary of State – Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev met with European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek within his visit to Brussels.

The Head of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry congratulated the interlocutor on the appointment to the post and wished success in his mission. He noted that J.Buzek’s chairmanship falls on a difficult period of the beginning of implementation of reforms of the European Union based on the provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon, strengthening of the European Parliament’s powers.

The European Speaker noted that the Kazakhstan’s OSCE chairmanship is an important fact as long as many topical issues including settlement of protracted conflicts are expected to be solved.

The sides exchanged opinions on the issues regarding all three ‘baskets’ of the OSCE. K.Saudabayev noted that “Astana is fully aware of taken responsibility.” It was stated that since the last OSCE Summit held in 1999 the world didn’t become safer and on the contrary, new challenges and threats appeared. Today it is necessary to define measures on overcoming the global financial crisis together. Special attention must be paid to the issues of tolerance, international and interreligious dialogue. “The mentioned problems demand discussions at the top level. In this regard, the Kazakh President suggested to convene the OSCE Summit to discuss measures on solution of problems in the Organization’s area of responsibility. And this is the main priority of Astana”, K.Saudabayev said.

OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut who took part in the meeting, stressed the importance of continuation of the Corfu Process within the period of the Kazakhstan’s chairmanship. He expressed hope that the European Union would take part in the Summit of the Organization.

Within the discussion of the protracted conflicts in the OSCE responsibility area the Organization’s Chairman-in-office informed of his plans to pay a visit to the Caucasus in the middle of February 2010 where he will visit Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The President of the European Parliament assured that EU fully supports the process of peaceful settlement of the conflicts. He noted that the European Parliament was ready to take a proactive stance.

J.Buzek expressed interest in the OSCE Top-Level Conference on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination scheduled for July 29-30 in Astana, promising to consider participation of top representatives of the European Parliament.