Summit Should Focus on Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Confirming OSCE Values
Addressing the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Conference on “The Fight against Transnational Organized Crime and Corruption” on October 9, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State and Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev called for a coordinated action of the international community in contributing to the political and economic development of Kyrgyzstan and the post-war reconstruction of Afghanistan.
The two-day conference was held within the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Ninth Fall Meetings that took place in Palermo, Italy, on October, 8-11 2010 and gathered more than 200 parliamentarians from the OSCE participating countries. These included a Kazakh parliamentary delegation led by Chairman of the Senate Committee for International Relations, Defense and Security, Kuanysh Sultanov.
Speaking of the security in the OSCE region, Saudabayev noted the importance of settling both the Afghan problem and the Kyrgyz issue as there is much remained to be done in that country due to a deep political crisis.
In light of parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan on October 10, that are regarded as an important event in determining the further development of the country, the Kazakh Foreign Minister said: “I would like to urge once again the Kyrgyz authorities and all political forces of that country to ensure that the democratic will of the people is reflected to the full extent and to exercise responsibility and wisdom in the post-election period”.
According to Saudabayev, the new Kyrgyz Government’s agenda should include both the rehabilitation of the country’s South and the rebuilding of the entire government’s infrastructure as well as enhancing a social cohesion and trust between ethnic groups.
(In a special October 11 statement after the election, Saudabayev praised “the wisdom and the courage the people of Kyrgyzstan demonstrated in the parliamentary elections”, and stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Kyrgyz Republic as “a basis for further constructive development of the country”. “We respect the choice of the people of Kyrgyzstan, and will consistently support the efforts aimed at normalizing the political life, sustaining stability, resolving pressing social problems as well as the economic and democratic revival of the country,” he said in a statement).
Taking into account that Afghanistan remains the largest supplier of drugs to Europe and the Central Asian countries, thus creating conditions for the development of organised crime and generating regional instability, Saudabayev urged the OSCE countries to assist in stabilising the situation in Afghanistan.
“We think the heads of state should consider the possibility of increasing the participation of the OSCE within the existing mandate of the international community’s efforts in post-war reconstruction of Afghanistan,” Saudabayev underlined.
Noting that the two abovementioned issues should be discussed at the OSCE Summit to be held 1-2 December in Astana, Saudabayev added that other Summit topics Kazakhstan’s 2010 OSCE Chairmanship wants to include are the reaffirmation of OSCE commitments, the recommitment of OSCE participating States to an inclusive Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security community, the redoubling of efforts to address challenges to human rights, fundamental freedoms, intolerance and discrimination throughout the OSCE area, and the intensification of collective efforts to combat new and emerging transnational threats, including those stemming from outside of the OSCE region.
At the Summit the OSCE participating states could start a “process of consolidating a community of truly united and indivisible security in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region based on shared values, principles and commitments,” Saudabayev said. “The OSCE is and will be a key factor in solving the most important issues of security and co-operation in a vast Euro-Atlantic and Eurasia space”.
Opening the two day conference OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, President Petros Efthymiou was pleased that crime and corruption is the main topic of the Assembly this year and he called for national parliaments to undertake an analysis of the levels of corruption in their public administrations by establishing specific parliamentary committees.
“We should examine our own work, we need transparent and enforceable procedures for waiving parliamentary immunities in cases of criminal acts or ethical violations,” Efthymiou said. “We can all contribute to combating organized crime.”
Speaking of the corruption, the head of the Kazakh parliamentary delegation Kuanysh Sultanov stressed that currently from domestic issue this social evil has become a global problem.
Noting that countering the corruption requires adequate measures of the international community as a whole, Sultanov added: “In the fight against corruption, Kazakhstan is actively cooperating with the law enforcement authorities and intelligence agencies of other states as well as international non-governmental organizations.”
On the sidelines of the OSCE PA Fall Meetings Kanat Saudabayev met OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Petros Efthymiou, OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin. During the meetings the main subject was the preparation for the OSCE Summit in Astana, including the elaboration of the agenda and the drafts of final documents.
Saudabayev’s Visit to Norway: Nuclear Disarmament, OSCE High on Agenda
Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State and Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev is in Oslo, Norway, for a two-day official visit, where he has participated in the high-level international conference titled “A Nuclear Weapon-Free World: nuclear disarmament strategies, non-proliferation and export control” and is holding meetings with the Scandinavian nation’s Crown Prince Haakon and high-level officials.
Delivering his speech at the conference, Saudabayev briefed the audience on Kazakhstan’s active participation in the global non-proliferation process and contribution to the reduction of the global nuclear threat. According to him, today nuclear disarmament process requires more decisive steps, such as the creation of new nuclear-weapons-free zones, including the one in the Middle East, as well as early drafting of a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT), which should become, along with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty (CTBT), an important pillar of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
Kazakhstan is actively promoting the non-proliferation policy within the international organizations, in particular, as the nation chairing the OSCE in 2010, Astana is working on the implementation of the Athens OSCE Ministerial Declaration on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, which, in Saudabayev’s opinion, can be the OSCE’s major contribution to the implementation of a global UN mandate to maintain international peace and security.
Besides, Saudabayev said that within the “Corfu Process” on the future of Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security the OSCE participating countries admitted the necessity of updating “Principles Governing Non-Proliferation”.
“In this respect, the upcoming Astana OSCE Summit on December 1-2, 2010, will become a landmark in the progressive movement of the OSCE participating States towards shaping a truly common and indivisible security in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian zones, based on shared values, principles and commitments,” he said.
Speaking of the cooperation with Norway in achieving a nuclear-free future, Foreign Minister Saudabayev expressed his gratitude towards the Norwegian Government for their contribution to launching the Almaty International Training Center for Experts from National Data Centers of the Central Asian Countries which is an important step in strengthening the international monitoring network of the CTBTO.
The conference, co-organized by the foreign ministries of Kazakhstan and Norway, as well as the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), brought together top officials from the IAEA, CTBTO, members of the parliaments of Norway and France, experts and professionals in the field from Kazakhstan, Norway, the United States and other nations.
Speaking at the conference, Norway's foreign minister Jonas Gar Store praised Kazakhstan's contribution to nuclear disarmament and the cooperation betwen the two countries. He also supported Kazakhstan's offer to host an international nuclear fuel bank under the IAEA auspices, the idea Norway also supports financially.
Following the conference, the Kazakh Foreign Minister had a meeting with Minister Store, where they discussed a number of issues in the bilateral relations and interaction within international organizations, including the UN and the OSCE. Minister Store strongly supported the OSCE summit in Kazakhstan in December. The two ministers signed a series of bilateral agreements, in particular, Agreement on visa-free regime between Kazakhstan and Norway for diplomatic passport holders, and the Agreement on readmission of own and third-country nationals.
Tomorrow, on October 13, Kanat Saudabayev is expected to hold meetings with the Crown Prince Haakon, President of the Storting Dag Terje Andersen and a group of Norwegian parliamentarians who are members of the Committee on Defense and Foreign Relations and the country’s delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
Kazakh Leadership in OSCE, OIC to Help Promote East-West Dialogue
Next year, Kazakhstan will take presidency of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a major intergovernmental organization, embracing 57 member states on the four continents.
This incoming chairmanship holds special meaning for the country which this year chairs the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), as it will present a unique chance for Astana to further promote one of its major foreign policy goals, that of fostering greater understanding and cooperation between the East and the West. Kazakhstan’s successive chairmanship in these two authoritative organizations offers a rare window of opportunity to elevate cooperation between the OSCE, where Kazakhstan will remain in the so called “troika” of current, former and future chairman, and the OIC, as well as between their member states in order to fully benefit from their potential and share expertise.
Large-scale inter-institutional cooperation between the OSCE and the OIC has been long advocated by Kazakhstan. For that matter, the purposes and goals of the OIC are quite similar to those of the OSCE as both organisations commit themselves to building peace, greater international security and stability. As the OSCE chair, Kazakhstan has initiated a multidimensional dialogue on issues of security, economic and humanitarian cooperation between the two organisations.
As is widely known, the Muslim world today faces massive challenges and security threats. In addition to the long-standing problems of poverty, illnesses, illiteracy, hunger and burden of debt, protracted conflicts and newly inflicted wars stand high on the agenda of OIC member states. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the stagnation of the Middle East settlement, and the recent inter-ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan demand intensified international cooperation.
Against this background, leaders in Astana believe Kazakhstan, as an anchor of stability in Central Asia, Kazakhstan at the OIC helm can make valuable progress in enhancing security and promoting economic cooperation. Moreover, the accumulated experience as the OSCE chair will help Kazakhstan develop new capacities to effectively navigate the complexity and unpredictability of global challenges. This will help shape the road to building a common security space without dividing lines, a concept put forward by Kazakhstan’s OSCE chairmanship.
Values of moderation and tolerance Kazakhstan has nurtured over the years of its independence form the basis of the country’s close cooperation within the OSCE and the OIC. Fostering intercultural, inter-religious and inter-civilisational dialogue, an area in which Kazakhstan has excelled, may be a particularly relevant subject for both organizations. Kazakhstan is not just a supporter, but also an initiator of such processes. A successful example is the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions that has already convened in Astana three times.
Given the ongoing global economic crisis, Kazakhstan’s incoming OIC presidency intends to work towards the adoption of a long-term programme for OIC financial and economic assistance to the least developed countries of the Islamic world. Astana has advanced an initiative to convene in Kazakhstan large-scale events such as the Seventh Session of the World Islamic Economic Forum, the Third Conference of the OIC Health Ministers and others that will further contribute to meeting the challenges faced by the Muslim World.
By playing a key role in the OIC, Kazakhstan wants to uphold cohesion of the Muslim countries and make the OIC more audible in the international arena. In fact, among the keywords for its OIC presidency, Astana will choose tolerance, progress and prosperity.
Founded in 1969, the OIC unites 57 countries with the population of more than 1.5 billion. Thus, the OIC is the largest regional intergovernmental organization in the world, followed by the OSCE which consists of 56 participants.
The OIC’s main goal is to promote cooperation and coordination among its member states and to raise and address the political, socio-economic, cultural challenges faced by the Islamic world.
Kazakhstan joined the Organization in 1995 and since then through the General Secretariat and its specialised and affiliated organs, has been contributing to the efforts of the Muslim community to develop new confidence building measures, enhance economic cooperation, and promote cultural diversity, mutual respect and understanding.
New Government Programme Aims at Doubling Exports of Metals
The Government of Kazakhstan has adopted a special programme to promote the development of mining and metallurgy industries, which represent a backbone of the Central Asian economy. If implemented, the programme will lead to a double increase in the volumes of Kazakh exports of metals.
“The programme of development of the mining and metallurgical industry for 2010-2014 aims at the maximum refining of the raw materials inside the country, (…) as well as development of other parts of the industry - mechanical engineering and construction industry. The gross added value of the metallurgical industry will increase by 107 percent, while exports will double compared to the level of 2008,” First Vice Minister of Industry and New Technologies Albert Rau stated at the Parliamentary session on October 5, briefing the legislators on the programme.
Elaborated as part of the framework of the Programme for Accelerated Industrial and Innovative Development, the programme allocates around US$ 8 billion to assist the development of mining and metallurgy in Kazakhstan.
“The industry exports make US$ 8.5 billion, while the imports make US$ 6 billion,” Rau said.
The target parameters of the branch programme include a fourfold increase in the production of the primary aluminium compared to current production (from 125,000 tonnes to 500,000); at the same time as the production of copper will increase 1.4 times. Kazakhstan will produce up to six million tonnes of steel annually, as another project of ‘Arcelor Mittal’ will be soon added to the map of industrialisation of Kazakhstan, Rau continued.
The programme stipulates the lauch of production of granulated cast iron, as well as of bricked iron at the Sokolov-Sarybai Plant of Mining and Enrichment.
In relation to the gold mining, the Government is drafting a separate sub-programme which stipulates a double increase of the production. There is also a project of the construction of a new gold refinery.
In order to equip the industry with qualified personnel the government will pay special attention to vocational education using the potential of the public-private sector partnership model, Rau concluded.
Baurzhan Momyshuly: I’m Retired Colonel but as Citizen I Can Never Retire
The Kazakh land gave birth to many individuals who committed their lives to the well-being of the country. One of such Kazakh heroes is Baurzhan Momyshuly, a brave soldier, a prolific writer, and a true patriot. This year Kazakhstan is celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth.
The events to mark the 100th jubilee of the Hero of the Soviet Union Baurzhan Momyshuly have been held throughout the year all across Kazakhstan, but the major ones were held in the Zhambyl Oblast where he was born.
More than five hundred guests, including Baurzhan Momyshuly’s family members, leading Kazakh intellectuals, guests from other regions of the country and from abroad, attended the celebrations on September 24-25 in Taraz, the Zhambyl Oblast’s main town.
Kazakhstan’s Minister of Culture Mukhtar Kul-Muhammed came to congratulate the citizens on behalf of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. A special conference to discuss Momyshuly’s historic role took place at the local university, where the 30-volume collected works of Momyshuly and a photo album “Kaharman Baurzhan Momyshuly” (Hero Baurzhan Momyshuly) were presented. The city authorities inaugurated the Baurzhan Momyshuly Park, which will be reminding the citizens of their famous compatriot. Earlier, in 2008, President Nazarbayev inaugurated a monument to Bauyrzhan Momyshuly in Astana, not far from the Yessil River.
Baurzhan Momyshuly was born on December 24, 1910. Upon completion of his school in 1928, he started working as a teacher in rural school. Kazakhstan of the time faced severe lack of educated personnel, so young Bauyrzhan had to perform a number of administrative duties in his village, before he was drafted into the Red Army in 1932.
After completing his service, Momyshuly worked in the banking sphere where he proved to be a good financier. He completed one year training at the Leningrad Financial Academy in today’s Saint Petersburg, and became one of the first Kazakh specialists in banking system. At all his positions, he demonstrated high organizational skills, and, as a whole, was deeply respected as a just, high-principled person and a competent specialist.
However, it seems he was destined to become a soldier. In 1936, he was again conscripted into the Soviet Army and carried his service in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk until 1941, when the Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union.
Momyshuly joined the 316th Rifle Division, which was formed in Almaty and commanded by General Ivan Panfilov. The division became famous in the Battle of Moscow in late autumn and early winter of 1941, as they defended the strategic Volokolamsk highway. For heroism of its soldiers the 316th was subsequently reorganized into the 8th Guards Rifle Division and named after its outstanding commander, General Panfilov, who died in that battle.
Commanding a battalion, Senior Lieutenant Baurzhan Momyshuly distinguished himself as a skilful strategist having drafted 27 tactical plans, repeatedly demonstrated personal bravery on the battlefield, and was therefore decorated with an Order of Lenin.
Many books were written about the exploits of the Kazakh hero. The most famous work is Alexander Bek’s “The Volokolamsk Highway” whose protagonist is Baurzhan Momyshuly. This book has been translated into English, French, German, Czech, Hebrew and other languages.
Momyshuly was twice nominated during the War for the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s supreme military decoration at the time. But his candidacy was both times declined in Moscow for unknown reasons. After the war ended, the people of Kazakhstan and leaders of the Soviet republic had requested Moscow to award their hero with this high title on numerous occasions. They had to wait for almost half a century before at last, on December 11, 1990, the year of his 80th anniversary, Momyshuly was posthumously awarded the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union.
After the war, Momyshuly continued to serve in the army. In 1948 he graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff. Since 1950, he was a senior lecturer of the Military Academy of Logistics and Supply of the Soviet Army. He retired in December 1955 in the rank of a Colonel.
After this, Momyshuly picked up a new weapon, no less formidable in the fight against injustice and other negative phenomena in society, a writer’s pen. As he used to say: “I am a retired Colonel, but as a citizen, I can never be retired.”
He is the author of collections of short stories “The Diary of an Officer,” “The story of One Night,” a biographical novel about General Panfilov “Moscow Is Behind Us,” a book of stories “Our Family,” for which he was awarded the State Prize of Kazakhstan in 1976. He also wrote travel essays such as “The Cuban meetings” (1965) and other works. In fact, he introduced a new genre to Kazakh literature, a genre of military literature.
The General of the Great Patriotic War and a famous Russian writer Pyotr Vershigora once said about Momyshuly’s works: “Military exploits of Baurzhan Momyshuly are well known to us. As he turned to writing, he accomplished another exploit. Both of them, I think, are of equal value”.
Kazakhstan writer Dmitry Snegin praised Momyshuly’s works: “He has left us for a place from where there is no return, but his books are left with us… they are left to live and act. They cannot be silenced or put aside. Baurzhan’s books are rich with high morality and of great value to us today, and will be so always.”
There is a saying among Kazakhs: “Kazakhs have many batyrs and only one Baurzhan.”
This is because Momyshuly is valued not only as a warrior and writer, but as a person who was the very embodiment of wisdom and honesty.
“Baurzhan Momyshuly, in the quintessential of the Kazakhs, is this “octahedral” man,” said at the jubilee celebrations Kazakhstan’s prominent actor Asanali Ashimov. The Kazakhs delineate eight basic categories of a person’s moral and spiritual framework. They are sana - the mind, sezim - the feelings, ar - the dignity, uyat - the conscience, namys - the pride, kanagat - the moderation, igilik – the benevolence, and talap - the desire to be spiritually integrated and at the same time fully developed as an octahedral diamond crystal. Baurzhan was, indeed, the nation’s diamond.
Momyshuly left a lot of wise essays on various topics that are greatly valued by Kazakhstan people now. Thus, for example, he described the principles of governing and that it must be based on such concepts as spirituality, duty, truth, justice, and love for the country.
Quotes from him about patriotism and friendship of the peoples turned into the Kazakhs’ favourite aphorisms. Here is one of them: “I have come to believe that one’s love for the country starts with his love for his parents, brothers and sisters, his aul (village) or city where he was born and raised… He who does not respect a stone in his native village cannot respect the mountains of another village. Sacred friendship between the peoples arises precisely out of these feelings.”
Baurzhan Momyshuly died on June 10, 1982.
The life experience of Baurzhan Momyshuly and his works create a capital that is relevant in all times. Kazakhstan then pays great attention to the remembrance of its national hero and the proper study of his legacy. For this purpose, a Research Centre dedicated to Baurzhan Momyshuly was organized in the Taraz State University.
Baurzhan Momyshuly once said: “I am receiving a great deal of people’s attention, and it is nice. But never in my life have I misused this attention. It is sacral to me. No one would have to be ashamed of Baurzhan Momyshuly when they talk about him in the past tense.”
He was once again right. It is impossible to be ashamed of such a person as Baurzhan Momyshuly. The people in Kazakhstan are proud of their national hero and treasure his memories.
Also in the News:
* President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan met the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mehmet Ali Shahin who paid an official visit to Astana on October 7-10. At the meeting, the sides discussed cooperation in the spheres of economy, trade, political interaction and strengthening the inter-parliamentary cooperation. “The Chairmanship of the authoritative Organisation and the decision to hold the OSCE Summit in Astana is a graphic evidence of what Kazakhstan has achieved during the years of its independence,” the Turkish politician said
* President Nazarbayev also met the Chairman of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani on October 11 as part of the latter’s official visit to Astana. “Kazakhstan is the first Central Asian state to head the OSCE. We highly appraise the achievement of your country. We also have high expectations from Kazakhstan’s chairmanship of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). I believe Kazakhstan can become the link between the West and the East,” Larijani said. During the visit, the head of the Iranian Parliament held meetings with the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov, Chairman of the Senate Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev, and Chairman of Majjilis (the Parliament’s lower house) Ural Muhamedzhanov, during which the sides discussed the development of relations between the two countries
* Media accreditation for OSCE Summit on 1-2 December in Astana is now open. Journalists who are invited to cover the event need to be accredited in order to attend the Summit. Detailed information about media opportunities, official pools, accreditation procedure, press centre facilities, broadcasting, satellite transmission, hotel accommodation, transportation, visas, and customs procedures is available here
* Kazakhstan’s industrial output for the three quarters of 2010 has increased by 10.4 percent in comparison to the same period last year, the statistics agency stated. Growth of production during the period has been observed in 14 regions of the country, except for the West-Kazakhstan Oblast and the North-Kazakhstan Oblast. The mining industry production increased by 5 percent and the processing by 19.1 percent, compared to 2009
* The average nominal wage of a Kazakhstan’s citizen for August 2010 made KZT 80.789 (KZT 147 = US$ 1) that is 17.7 percent more than a year ago, the governmental statistics agency reports. According to the data, workers in the mining industry have got the highest wages with KZT 157,300 a month, followed by finance and insurance spheres with KZT 156,000. The lowest wages of KZT 38.6 thousand, 52.1 percent lower than the national average, are paid to the employees in agriculture, forestry and fishery
* External debt of Kazakhstan’s second-tier banks has decreased by 20% since the beginning of the year and now amounts to US$ 20.5 billion, the Vice Chairman of the National Bank Bisengali Tajiyakov said at the governmental session on October 12. “In case if the restructuring of the debts is completed, it will make around US$ 13 billion,” Tajiyakov added
* “The gross harvest of grain in Kazakhstan has made 13.6 million tonnes,” Minister of Agriculture Akylbek Kurishbayev stated at the governmental session in Astana on October 12. “Including the remainder from the last year the current amount is sufficient to satisfy the requirements of the domestic market and for the preservation of an average annual exports potential,” he explained
* The surplus of Kazakhstan’s foreign trade for the period of January-September 2010 has made US$ 21.7 billion, which is almost three times more that for the same period of last year, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Zhanar Aytzhanova said at the governmental session on October 12. “Due to the favourable price conjuncture on the world raw materials markets and the raise in production of the export-oriented sectors assisted the growth of the foreign trade turnover, which has increased by 27.6 percent and made US$ 55 billion,” she added. The overall exports have increased by 52.3 percent in comparison to the same period of last year, where the imports have decreased by 72 percent
* The Pavlodar Machine Building Factory has signed three contracts with Russian manufacturers on construction of various types of cranes for the total amount of RUR 36 million, which is around KZT 177.5 million (KZT 147 = US$ 1). The factory has been operating since 1955 and specialises in the production of load-lifting equipment for the mining, metallurgical, oil and gas, and other industries
* GSM Kazakhstan/Kcell has announced the commercial launch of the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) technology for the broadband mobile internet in the Western Kazakhstan city of Atyrau, the company announced last week. WiMAX represents a data transfer technology, also considered as 4G, which provides a high data bit rate, up to 2 mbps within the coverage area, and allows carrying out video conferences, viewing online TV and easily using Internet. The wireless technology is called “Kcell Broadband” and is planned to start operation in Astana by the 2011 Winter Asian Games
* The Medeo high altitude ice rink opened the skating season on October 10 in Almaty. It was built in 1972, has got 10.5 thousand square metres of ice surface and located at height of 1691.2 meters above the sea level
Things to Watch:
* Prince Philippe of Belgium is paying official visit to Astana on October 11-15 accompanied by a high-level delegation of Belgium business people. During the visit, the discussions on the cooperation perspectives in the sphere of trade, industry and investment with Kazakhstan’s top-level officials and management of the national companies will be held. Prince Philippe is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the Kazakh-Belgian Business Forum in Astana on October 12, which is expected to include signing of a number of commercial agreements
* OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister and Secretary of State Kanat Saudabayev will deliver a welcome address to high-level officials and experts from the OSCE region participating in a conference on successful strategies, effective policies and best practices to prevent terrorism to be held in Astana on 14-15 October Kazakh delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Konstantin Zhigalov will visit Berlin on October 14-15 to attend the Eighth session of the Kazakh-German inter-governmental commission on the issues of ethnic Germans living in Kazakhstan
* Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan plan to accelerate creation of the Central-Asian Centre for Reaction on Natural Disasters and Reduction of Risks. The memorandum will be signed on October 15 in Almaty within the scope of realisation of the new project of the United Nations Development Programme on “Strengthening the potential of disaster risks reduction in Central Asia”, held with the financial support from the European Union
* On October 12, at the Astana Arena stadium, Team Kazakhstan will face the three times world champions Germany in the Group A qualifying match of the UEFA Euro 2012 Football Championship. The match kicks off at 23.00 local time, Four days earlier Kazakhstan lost 0-2 to Belgium at the same venue, with the Kazakh Football Federation submitting a protest to UEFA concerning the referee’s apparent mistakes (failure to register a Belgian player’s handball in his team’s penalty area and disallowing a seemingly legitimate Kazakh goal)