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When dismissing agreement with NATO, the Senate took into account public opinion: Senate Speaker

22 июня 2011, 16:27
Photo courtesy of obozrevatel.com
Photo courtesy of obozrevatel.com
Kazakhstan’s Senate relied on the public opinion when refusing to ratify the agreement with NATO on Kazakhstan’s involvement in the operations of the International coalition in Afghanistan, Senate Speaker Kairat Mami stated today, Novosti Kazakhstan reports.

He emphasized that Kazakhstan is supporting the international efforts, including those of NATO, aimed at restoring stability in Afghanistan. “Kazakhstan has been rendering and will be rendering humanitarian aid to the Afghan people”, he said.

May 18 2011 Kazakhstan’s Majilis (lower chamber) had approved of ratification of an agreement with NATO about Astana’s involvement in the international coalition forces in Afghanistan. Ratification was yet to be approved by the Kazakhstan’s senate and signed by President Nazarbayev.

The Taliban warned majority Muslim Kazakhstan that its decision to send troops to the NATO-led war in Afghanistan would have severe consequences and was not in its regional interest, Reuters reported earlier.

“The Agreement between Kazakhstan and NATO envisages sending 4 Kazakhstan’s officers to serve with the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul. They will be rotated every 6 months”, Mr. Abdrakhmanov of the Foreign Ministry had to elaborate, following the Taliban’s remarks.

Thus, the agreement implies “not sending Kazakhstan’s military troops [to Afghanistan], but rather contribution to the efforts of the Government - UN-recognized and voted for by the Afghan people – to ensure safety and reconstruct peaceful life in this country”, the Foreign Ministry made it clear.

Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Askar Abdrakhmanov reminded that the International coalition in Afghanistan comprises 47 nations, 19 of which are NOT members of NATO and 6 are members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

June 9 the Kazakh Senate refused to ratify the agreement, saying that such issues should be considered at joint sessions. However, at a joint session June 20 the issue was not on the agenda.

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