|Updated: 22-Nov-2002||NATO Speeches|
22 Nov. 2002
by H.E. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Summit Meeting
Let me express my sincere gratitude to this Government of the Czech Republic
for the warm hospitality and excellent organization of the meeting.
Today the entire world faces the new threats and the modem civilization
is seriously challenged. The necessity to unite efforts of the international
community in the war against terrorism for the sake of human values is
beyond any doubt.
Special attention should be given to the issues of strengthening non-proliferation
regime. The threat that the weapons of mass destruction may fall into
the terrorists' hands thus dramatically increasing the destructive potential
of the international terrorism became real.
We express our concern about the situation around Iraq. Kazakhstan welcomes
the consensus reached at the UN Security Council. The resolution that
has been adopted opens a path leading to the settlement of the problems
provided that Iraq will not remain in material breach of its obligations.
Kazakhstan from the very beginning has resolutely supported counter-terrorist
campaign of the US-led international coalition in Afghanistan. Peace in
this country is a key element of the security in 'Central Asian region.
Unfortunately the situation in Afghanistan remains unstable 'and far from
being fully normalized.
The problem of illicit drug trafficking from Afghanistan continues to
be acute. Despite the well-known events that took solace in this country
the volume of the drug trafficking has not been diminished but, on the
contrary, has been increased. It enables the criminal groups to finance
the terrorists training and to commit the acts of terror worldwide.
We also concerned by the fact that international terrorist organizations began to actively recruit people living in Central Asia in order to infiltrate into Europe through our region.
In this regard we propose to study the possibility of establishing permanent
working contacts among intelligence agencies of interested EAPC countries.
Kazakhstan is ready to work together with the EAPC countries on resolving
the problems that are of great importance for all of us, for example,
within the framework of "Planning and review process" - basic
tool of the Partnership that ensure interoperability of the armed forces
of our countries.
The establishment in Kazakhstan of PfP training center in the spheres
of border control and fight against the most dangerous forms of smuggling
could have' important practical significance.
On June 4, 2002 the First Summit of the Conference on Interaction and
Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) took place in Almaty. This
forum has become a unique event of a big historical significance. For
the first time ever the leaders of 16 Asian states have gathered, together
to express their firm intention to find ways to ensure stability and security
in Asia. The views expressed at the forum as well as adopted documents
- Almaty Act and Declaration on Eliminating. Terrorism and Promoting Dialogue
Among Civilizations - have proved aspiration of .the Asian countries to
work together for the sake of strengthening security in the continent.
Kazakhstan is absolutely convinced that security in Central Asia is directly
linked to the situation in Europe. We call upon EAPC countries to embark
on the course of concrete and resolute actions- We deem it extremely important
to make use of the NATO potential to the full extent in order to respond
together to the challenges, of the modem civilization.
Thank you for attention.