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Kazakhstan Defends OSCE Chairmanship Bid

Foreign Minister Qasymzhomart Toqaev (file photo) (NATO) October 27, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Kazakh Foreign Minister Qasymzhomart Toqaev is expected to address the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna today.

Toqaev has said that he will use the speech to outline what priorities Kazakhstan would pursue if it were to obtain the chairmanship of the 56-member organization in 2009.

The OSCE is expected to decide on Kazakhstan's chairmanship bid in the coming weeks.

Kazakhstan And The OSCE

Kazakhstan And The OSCE

READY TO LEAD THE OSCE? Kazakhstan has been lobbying to be granted the rotating chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2009. In March, current OSCE head Karel De Gucht visited the country and said Kazakhstan is better prepared to head the OSCE than any other Central Asian country. But concerns about the state of democracy, the media, and ethnic relations make Kazakhstan's bid extremely controversial....(more)


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