20 years of OSCE in Kazakhstan
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is marking the 20th anniversary of their operation in Kazakhstan. Astana hosted an international conference attended by OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger who highlighted the major areas of cooperation, such as military, political, economic and humanitarian.
KAIRAT ABDRAKHMANOV, KAZAKH FOREIGN MINISTER:
- More than 1,000 various events were held in Kazakhstan which contributed to the strengthening of the social and economic foundation of our society and the development of the civil society. Our country’s contribution to the military and political stability and security is valuable.
THOMAS GREMINGER, OSCE SECRETARY GENERAL:
- One important takeaway is that I want to make sure that now these two major cooperation and there was on judicial reform and on police reform that these projects are rapidly accomplished, that we mobilized resources and that we can rapidly start implementation of these projects because these projects are exactly what I would like to do and that is to partner with Kazakhstan in supporting key national reforms.
OSCE is a European organization with 57 participating countries. Annually, one of the member countries holds the chairmanship with the foreign minister serving as the Chairman-in-Office. Kazakhstan held the OSCE chairmanship in 2010.