Chairman-in Office Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau spoke today on the phone with Acting Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi.
Minister Rau expressed regrets about the many victims of violence over the last week and stressed the need to uphold OSCE commitments, including those relating to human rights. Kazakhstan has been an important OSCE participating State for many years and an active partner in Central Asia. The OSCE Chair called on all parties to act with responsibility and restraint, and to refrain from actions that could further escalate or incite violence. He offered assistance and support to the authorities and people of Kazakhstan in continuing political reforms with full respect of the OSCE commitments, including through the OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan.
Minister Tileuberdi presented the current information on the situation in Kazakhstan referring also to the ongoing Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) mission. He expressed the President and government’s commitment to respect and follow all international obligations, including regarding human rights and fundamental freedoms.