Updated: 15-May-2002 NATO Speeches

15 May 2002


by H.E. Mr. Kassymzhomart K. Tokaev
The Secretary of State - Minister for Foreign Affairs
of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Euro-AtIantic Partnership Council Member States

Mr. Chairman, Ladies and gentlemen!

First of all, let me express my sincere gratitude to the Government of Iceland and NATO leadership for excellent organization of the Ministerial meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Member States.

An outbreak of terrorism and violence has shown vulnerability of the standard schemes of providing security at a global and regional levels.

A new epoch requires adequate and efficient political approaches to combat emerging threats. In response to new challenges we should elaborate new and more effective forms of prediction and counteraction on the part of the world community. It is gratifying to realize that EAPC has been successfully moving forward in this direction.

Kazakhstan positively regards the forthcoming signing on 28 May this year in Rome at the NATO-Russia Summit of the document on the establishment of "the twenty". This historic step is an indication of the growing urge of the Alliance to reach consensus-based decisions related to all Eurasian countries.

We support the main ideas on the Partnership review process pointed out in the Chairman's report.

As for the mechanism of EAPC activity it is important, in our view, to envisage a possibility of using a "19+n" formula on a wider scale in order to make cooperation with all the partner- states more dynamic and in compliance with their specific interests, without creating dividing lines inside Partnership. In this context Kazakhstan also deserves attention on the part of the Alliance.

Proceeding on this assumption we support the initiative of Sweden and Finland. This primarily refers to the participation of our countries in decision-making, ensuring transparency of this process, developing the PARP process, widening the range of PfP exercises, cooperating in combating terrorism, developing a potential for civil emergency planning.

We believe that the time has come to apply more flexible approach for financing of cooperation with partner-countries taking into consideration their concrete priorities.

In this regard, of great interest is a proposal envisaging the use of a trust fund model for Central Asian countries on humanitarian issues to strengthen a potential of the states of the region in terms of their participation in relevant EAPC activities. Kazakhstan is looking forward to work actively in this field.

The experience of Kazakhstan who contributes to the activities of antiterrorist coalition testifies to our readiness to work with EAPC on

the settlement of common issues.

I would also like to inform you that the Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia to be held on 4th June in Almaty, for the first time in Asia will create a Forum for dialogue and consultations on a wide spectrum of issues. The necessity of establishing such a forum in the context of the latest events in the Central Asian region is quite evident.

Mr. Chairman,

The urgency of addressing the problem of terrorism is indisputable. At the same time we should not deliberately narrow a sphere of our attention to this problem only.

One of the most significant elements of the global strategy of combating terrorism is not only persecution of terrorist organizations but also intensification of efforts to prevent possession by them of the weapons of mass destruction into their hands.

No security is ensured without conservation, reinforcement and universalisation of the existing WMD non-proliferation regimes. International agreements need improvement to be adjusted to current realities- It is important to undertake measures to carry out elaboration, universalisation and improvement of verification mechanisms- The solution of problems of illicit drug trafficking, illegal migration and ecology must also become a priority issue on the EAPC Agenda.

Mr. Chairman,

Kazakhstan is interested in developing co-operation with NATO/EAffC in combating the aforementioned threats. We propose to focus attention on the following directions of our joint co-operation:

  • exchange of information on the issues of combating terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking;
  • opening of NATO Information center in Kazakhstan;
  • creation of the EAPC body that will be responsible for coordination of activities, exchange of information and sharing experience at the level of the heads of antiterrorist structures;
  • strengthening a border security infrastructure aimed at preventing the smuggling of WMD, conventional weapons, dual-use materials;
  • improvement of the legal basis in the sphere of export control and
    border security.

Kazakhstan is also interested in widening and strengthening cooperation within the framework of the programmes "Investments in security" and "Science for Peace", as well as in combating illicit drug trafficking.


There is no alternative to good will and cooperation in the process of combating new threats in the new century. Our goal is to create the necessary political conditions for the realization of such cooperation.

In conclusion I would like to express hope that the forthcoming Prague EAPC Summit will find answers to the questions of further strengthening partnership relations within NATO/EAPC.

Thank you for your attention.

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