Astana platform has demonstrated its effectiveness in negotiations on Syria, it can be widely applied in the resolution of other conflicts. This was stated by the Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko at an open debate of the United Nations Security Council. Illegal migration, organized crime, human trafficking facing Europe were the main topics of discussion in New York. The participants of the meeting called for a peaceful solution of conflicts in the Euro-continent, in accordance with international law and the existing mechanisms of addressing them. This approach was clearly demonstrated in Astana during its chairmanship in the OSCE in 2010. Largely thanks to Kazakhstan's and President Nursultan Nazarbayev's contribution, a mechanism of peace talks was launched to address the Ukrainian crisis. They led to the conclusion of the Minsk agreements. Kazakhstan has also contributed to the settlement of the situation in Kyrgyzstan and Nagorno-Karabakh. The debate was also attended by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zane, the foreign ministers of different countries. They highlighted the importance of joint efforts of all stakeholders in the maintenance of European stability and security.

ROMAN VASSILENKO, KAZAKH DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER:

We talked about the fact that Astana can be used as a platform for peacekeeping and settlement of the Syrian problem – the platform that was tested a few weeks ago. The platform can be used to address other problematic issues in international politics. Today these initiatives coming from of Kazakhstan proposed by our President are positively perceived by the international community. There is a great interest in the UN Security Council to what Kazakhstan is doing to establish peace in Syria. Therefore, the establishment of the Astana platform at the initiative of the Kazakh President is perceived very positively by the international community. And there is a reason to believe that such proposal by Kazakhstan will be justified.

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