Medvedev supports OSCE summit initiative of Kazakh president

February 14. Itar-Tass

Medvedev supports OSCE summit initiative of Kazakh presidentRussian President Dmitry Medvedev has supported the initiative of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to hold an OSCE summit in Kazakhstan in 2010.

Medvedev and Nazarbayev met at the Russian leader’s Zavidovo residence in the Tver region on Sunday. Nazarbayev is paying a brief working visit to Russia.

Medvedev wished Kazakhstan the successful presidency at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

“This is a remarkable year. I wish you the successful presidency at the OSCE. That is a serious and demanding work, and we are ready to render comprehensive support to Kazakhstan, to implement joint initiatives and to solve the most complicated problems together,” Medvedev said.

“There will be plenty of regional forums, at which Russia and Kazakhstan will discuss regional security and challenges that appeared last year or earlier, such as crime, drugs, Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he said.

“Significant processes are taking place, and we are chairing [the OSCE] thanks to the support of Russia and all CIS member states,” Nazarbayev responded. “We suggest holding an OSCE summit in Kazakhstan. Many support this initiative, but the final approval is yet to be attained. I think that the organization, which have not had summits for the past eleven years, must meet at some point, at least for evaluating the current condition of security, economy and human dimension issues,” he said.

“You are absolutely right,” Medvedev said.

Nazarbayev proposed the summit at the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, which marked the beginning of the Kazakh chairmanship at the organization. “The forum of the OSCE leaders will mark the 35th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act, the 20th anniversary of the Paris Charter and the 65th anniversary of the end of the WW2,” Nazarbayev said.

Kazakhstan succeeded to Greece as the OSCE chair on January 1, 2010. The chairmanship will last for one year.