Kazakhstan is a bright evidence of the peaceful coexistence of people of different cultures
Kazakhstan is a bright evidence of the peaceful coexistence of people of different cultures, traditions and mentality. Today, representatives of more than 140 ethnic groups and 18 different faiths live in peace and harmony in Kazakhstan. A stable model of interaction between interethnic and interreligious relations leads by example by many world powers. This opinion is shared not only by politicians and international experts but also by the world’s leading figures of the clergy.
YURI NOVGORODOV, DIRECTOR, EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN KAZAKHSTAN:
- Kazakhstan can be a specific example even for countries such as China, the United States, Russia, and India and can define political trends. Our people who live here have not lost their identities, culture, religious traditions and customs. Having gained independence, Kazakhstan did not give preference for one thing only. I believe that efforts are being made and so far they are very successful for all nations to develop. People’s traditions and customs are not violated in order to maintain their culture. They coexist peacefully and most importantly they are mutually enriched.
Kazakhstan’s policy of peace and openness has managed to earn global trust. Coordinator for CIS countries of the community of Sant’Egidio Alessandro Salacone believes that Kazakhstan has established itself as an active initiator and participant of major international peace processes. He also says that Kazakhstan played a special role in resolving the Syrian conflict.
ALESSANDRO SALACONE, SPOKESPERSON, COMMUNITY OF SANT’EGIDIO IN RUSSIA:
- In recent years, more people speak about Kazakhstan as a country that is trying to spread the dialogue and peace in different spaces. Of course, we know about the latest attempts to resolve problems in Syria and we also know about these conventions that have been organized in this country since 2003 and we see how, year by year, fruits of this work go beyond the scope of this geographical area all over the world.