OSCE Chairman-in-Office Rau concludes visit to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia
WARSAW, 8 June 2022 — OSCE Chairman-in-Office (IOC) and Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau has concluded his visit to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia.
In Kazakhstan, Rau met with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the speakers of both chambers of parliament Maulen Ashimbayev and Yerlan Koshanov, and First Deputy Foreign Minister Akan Rakhmetullin. Minister Zbigniew Rau also met with Commissioner for Human Rights Elvira Azimova and representatives of civil society.
During the talks, Minister Rau reaffirmed the OSCE’s support for the ongoing reforms in Kazakhstan, including the constitutional referendum that took place on 5 June. The head of the Polish Foreign Ministry underlined that the OSCE Program Office in Nur-Sultan is committed to supporting further reforms of the police and judiciary, local governments and strengthening the institution of the Commissioner for Human Rights of man.
“The President of Kazakhstan’s reform program includes at all stages crucial improvements related to human rights, civil liberties and institutional responsibilities, in line with OSCE commitments,” said Minister Rau. He added that a concrete example of these are the amendments to the constitution proposed for a national referendum held last Sunday. Furthermore, the head of the Polish MFA referred to the dynamic security situation in Central Asia.
In Uzbekistan, Minister Rau met with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Acting Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov, Senate Speaker Tanzila Narbayeva and First Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of Parliament Akmal Saidov.
The head of Polish diplomacy highlighted the positive contribution of the OSCE to efforts related to the implementation of President Mirziyoyev’s reform program in Uzbekistan. He also presented ideas on how to strengthen involvement in the region. He encouraged the consolidation of dialogue between the government and civil society and the continued promotion of human rights.
“Uzbekistan’s ties with the OSCE have a long tradition. The OSCE attaches great importance to Uzbekistan as an active member of the Organization since 1992. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the accession of the countries of Central Asia to the OSCE, I would like to confirm the support of the OSCE to Uzbekistan and to declare that I am ready to further strengthen this co-operation and consolidate the partnership relations,” underlined Minister Rau. He also thanked his interlocutors for their promotion of peace and stability in Afghanistan, the establishment of trust and good neighborly relations in the region, as well as solidarity with the most vulnerable. Support for the civilian population is one of the priorities of the Polish Chairmanship of the OSCE.
During his visit to Mongolia, the OSCE Chairman met with Mongolian President Uchnaagijn Chürelsüch and Foreign Minister Battsetseg Batmunkh.
The head of Polish diplomacy stressed that the OSCE recognizes Mongolia’s political and constitutional reform processes, which include substantial achievements in the areas of human rights, civil liberties, as well as institutional responsibilities in line with OSCE commitments. He encouraged the country to strengthen its cooperation with the Organization and take advantage of its potential to help the government implement further reforms.
While congratulating Mongolia on the tenth anniversary of its participation in the OSCE, Minister Rau noted that the current turmoil undermining the stability of the region makes it even more important for all participating States of the Organization to act together for the sake of peace and security.