Second OSCE trans-Asian parliamentary forum underway in Almaty

11:02, May 16, 2010      

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The second Trans-Asian Parliamentary Forum of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) entered its second day Saturday with Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan high on the agenda.

Participants in the three-day forum, which opened Friday, will also discuss regional security, anti-terrorism, anti-drug cooperation, economic and trade development, resource utilization and ecological protection.

At the opening ceremony, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev said Kazakhstan, which has the OSCE rotating presidency, wants to develop mutual trust between its member states, the prevention of differences, and the enhancement of consulting mechanisms on major issues.

He also read a speech on behalf of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Nazarbayev said his country, as the first former Soviet Union republic to hold the OSCE rotating chair, believes this position reflects the acknowledgement of its contribution to strengthening regional and global security by the international community.

President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Joao Soares and OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut also addressed the opening ceremony.

The first OSCE trans-Asian parliamentary forum was held in June 2003, also in Almaty.

Source: Xinhua


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