Our glass is half full: Nazarbayev on democracy development in Kazakhstan 17 апреля 2013, 20:44
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Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©REUTERS
Nursultan Nazarbayev has stated that Kazakhstan is guided by the level of Western countries such as Finland in its democratic development, Tengrinews.kz reports.
“Of course, Kazakhstan strives to be in the family of the developed countries. You have just heard that Finland has taken this path 100 years ago (Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto stated that Finland had been going along the path of democracy during the past 100 years). Kazakhstan independence is only 20 years old. We believe that we are taking bigger steps than Finland did,” Kazakhstan President told the journalists after the talks with his Finnish colleague.
Nazarbayev noted that after the collapse of the Soviet Union Kazakhstan was forced to make survival its top priority for a long time. “We didn’t think about anything else. But now Kazakhstan is an example of rights and freedoms of all the citizens representing 130 ethnic groups that cohabit the country. They all have equal rights and freedoms. We have 46 religious confessions and religious freedom is fully ensured in our country,” the President said.
He noted that Kazakhstan’s target was to achieve the democracy level equal to the one in Europe.
“We believe that democracy and freedom existing in the West, in Finland in particular, is our final goal and not the beginning of the path. We are walking this path. Quoting a philosopher, I can say that our glass is half or three quarters full and we have to keep filling it,” Nazarbayev said.
By Renat Tashkinbayev