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Kazakhstan Faces OSCE Hurdles

April 2010, Number 01.02

“Kazakhstan is leading the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or OSCE, this year, making it the first Asian nation to hold the post. Kanat Saudabayev, Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State and foreign minister, replaced Greek Prime Minister and Foreign Minister George Papandreou on January 1, 2010.

Choosing the first former Soviet state to chair the 56-nation alliance raised a few eyebrows. Kazakhstan has been criticized for its poor record on democracy and human rights — both fundamental OSCE goals — the BBC reported in January 2010.

But Central Asia’s largest nation has a “commitment to uphold the fundamental principles and values of the organization,” read a statement on the OSCE Web page. “This is evidence that the principle of equality among the participating states remains valid, as well as recognition of the increasing role of Kazakhstan in a strategically important region and in the OSCE generally,” Saudabayev said.

In its leadership role, trust, tradition, transparency and tolerance will guide his country’s efforts, Saudabayev said...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Kazakhstan Faces OSCE Hurdles,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 2, 2010: 60-61.

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