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Kazakh President Warns NGOs Against Interference

President Nursultan Nazarbaev (file photo) 12 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev today warned foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGO's) against interfering in Kazakhstan's internal affairs.

Speaking in Kazakhstan's capital Astana, Nazarbaev said Kazakh authorities are "closely watching" foreign and domestic NGO's to make sure they are operating in accordance with Kazakh law.

Some former Soviet republics accuse NGO's of working with Western governments to fund and train opposition groups that brought down the governments in Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan.

Nazarbaev, who has ruled Kazakhstan since 1990, is seeking another seven-year term in office in the 4 December election.

Last month, Nazarbaev warned against making "hasty" political reforms in Kazakhstan. He said unprepared radical political reforms could destabilize the economic, social, and political fabric of the country.


See also:

"Neighboring Opposition Movements Keep Close Eye On Kyrgyz Events"

"Will Putin Follow In Nazarbaev's Footsteps?"