The report ranked Azerbaijan first and Kazakhstan second, giving Uzbekistan the third position. Next in line were Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
The Syrian armed opposition boycotted the third round of talks in the Kazakhstani capital Astana, on Wednesday, March 15, arguing that one of the organizers – Russia, failed to maintain the ceasefire.
Russia, Turkey and Iran are pressing ahead with a fresh round of Syria talks in Kazakhstan, Reuters reported citing Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, despite a request from Syrian rebels to delay the meeting.
Great Silk Road – new tourist program to be launched jointly by Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey
The four neighboring countries: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey are set to launch a joint pilot tourist program titled the Great Silk Road this April, azernews.az reports.
Cases of voluntary nuclear disarmament are fairly rare. Along with Belarus, Ukraine, and South Africa, however, Kazakhstan is on the list of former atomic nations. Having once been at the heart of the Soviet nuclear program, the country closed its infamous Semipalatinsk Test Site in 1989 and transferred its atomic arsenal to Russia in the following years. Modern Kazakhstan has in fact rebranded itself as a supporter of nonproliferation policies and peaceful atomic energy. And as this Russian language article on the Carnegie Moscow Center site details, the role of this Central Asian republic should not be underestimated.
Astana will host another round of Syrian talks on 14 March, Reuters reported citing its sources.
Kazakhstani President Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev has been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize by Global Coordinator at Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament Alyn Ware.
Kyrgyzstan’s President Mr. Almazbek Atambayev blamed Kazakhstan for "blockading" Kyrgyz citizens in 2010, when his country was going through the second coup d'etat in its history since gaining independence from the USSR. The one and a half month blockade, he said, resulted in casualties.
This coming spring Kazakhstan may, as every year, face a significant decrease of water level in the transboundary rivers with China – the country, which refuses to negotiate the water usage regulations.
In another two-day encounter the sides spoke of strengthening the ceasefire regime despite the fact that both the government and the opposition once again refused one-on-one talks.