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Kazakhstan Senate dismissed the draft law to send troops to Afghanistan

09 june 2011, 17:06
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Senate. Photo courtesy of parlam.kz
Senate. Photo courtesy of parlam.kz
Kazakhstan Senate dismissed the draft law On ratification of the agreement in the form of notes exchange between Kazakhstan and North Atlantic Treaty Organization on participation in activities of the international security assistance forces in Afghanistan, Tengrinews.kz reports.

As per the member of the Senate Commission for International Affairs, Defense and Security of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Altynbayev, the issue of sending Kazakhstan troops to Afghanistan should be reviewed at the joint meeting of Upper and Lower Chambers of the Parliament.

“I think that the focus should be made on a peacemaking mission. The President, who is the Supreme Commander, said that Afghan problems cannot be resolved by means of military actions, so it has to be resolved peacefully. Especially since we know that Afghanistan is very rich in reserves,” Altynbayev said. He was among the MPs calling to abandon ratifcation of the agreement.

As Altynbayev said on the sidelines of the meeting, the experts arriving with peacemaking mission could have been pulled into military actions anyway.

Earlier the Lower Chamber of the Kazakhstan Parliament approved the draft law. It triggered a reaction from Taliban. It warned Kazakhstan that its decision to deploy troops to support NATO in Afghanistan will have grave consequences. Later official representative of Foreign Affairs Ministry Askar Abdrakhmanov said that only four Kazakhstan officers will go to Afghanistan. At the same time veterans and disabled of Afghanistan war demanded resignation of Kazakhstan Parliament.


By Renat Tashkinbayev

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