Kazakh delegation attends Munich Security conference
Kazakhstan's main priority as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council is to stop nuclear weapons proliferation. This was announced by the Kazakh Senate Speaker Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev at the Munich Security Conference.
KASSYM-ZHOMART TOKAYEV, KAZAKH SENATE SPEAKER:
Acttually Kazakhstan is making emphasis on our campaign. Within Kazakhstan, it is also extremely important to take advantage of all existing opportunities, process of reforms.
700 delegates from all over the world attended the 53rd conference, including 30 heads of state and government, 80 ministers of foreign affairs and defense. Delegates discussed iisues of global human security and migrant crisis. The agenda included cyber security, countering terrorism and extremism. About 160 bilateral meetings were held during the first days of the conference. As a result, the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan expressed readiness to continue the negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh.
ANGELA MERKEL, GERMAN CHANCELLOR:
We know that the number of refugees is the highest since WWII. This is a humanitarian issue and a big challenge for the world. Our main goal is to solve this global issue. This will become one of the themes for negotiations at Munich Security Conference.
Syrian settlement was also discussed at the conference. Experts say that Astana meeting made the conflicting parties to negotiate. German political scientists say that Kazakhstan has made a great contribution to establishing peace in Syria.
MATIAS DORNFELDT, GERMAN POLITICAL SCIENTIST:
Astana meeting became a benchmark for further negotiations on Syrian settlement. The parties are willing to stop the bloodshed and find a peaceful solution. Germany that received hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees is interested in that too because if the conflict expands more countries will be affected. I would like to emphasize that Kazakhstan facilitated the Syrian settlement. This is a huge success for Kazakhstan’s diplomacy, the government and the people.