Senate Deputy Speaker Highlights Importance of Astana Statement at Helsinki Meeting

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ASTANA – Deputy Speaker of the Kazakh Senate and Deputy Speaker of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE-PA) Parliamentary Assembly Askar Shakirov underlined the relevance of the Astana Declaration in a turbulent geopolitical situation during a September 24 seminar entitled “Call to Action – Helsinki”. +50” in Helsinki, the Senate press service reported.

Askar Shakirov delivers a speech at the Helsinki meeting. Photo credit: Senate press service

The Astana Declaration, adopted at the OSCE Summit in the Kazakh capital on December 2, 2010, declared that each participating country is inextricably linked to all the others. According to the document, each member country has an equal right to security, and it will not enhance it at the expense of the security of other states.

During the seminar, organized by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the Parliament of Finland in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the OSCE in 2025, Mr. Shakirov underlined that the declaration significantly contributes to the efforts of the community international community to achieve comprehensive peace and security in the OSCE region.

The meeting focused on maintaining and expanding the strengths of the OSCE. He highlighted the critical obstacles for the organization to reach its full potential in a changing international environment.

Participants stressed the importance of revitalizing the OSCE and strengthening the role of parliamentarians so that the organization plays a full role in a modern context. They also agreed that the OSCE should continue to serve as a unique instrument for building bridges in the region.

Earlier in July, the Kazakh delegation led by Shakirov focused on the Aral Sea Crisis at the OSCE Summer Session in Birmingham.

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