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U.S. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia: Kazakhstan has done credible job as OSCE Chairman in Office.

"Kazakhstan has done a credible job as OSCE Chairman in Office, especially I would say in dealing with the situation in Kyrgyzstan, where the OSCE has been at the forefront of efforts to promote peace, democracy and reconciliation," said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake at the event in the Carnegie Endowment for Peace on July 30 in Washington D.C. With regard to the OSCE Summit, Robert Blake said he was part of Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg's delegation to the OSCE Ministerial meeting held earlier this month in Almaty where Ministers discussed holding a summit this year in Astana under Kazakhstan's current chairmanship. "This will be a historic event. It would be the first OSCE summit in 11 years and the first in Central Asia. I hope it will shine light on developments in Central Asia and the role the OSCE has played and can play in promoting its principles throughout the OSCE region," Robert Blake said.In offering to host this summit, Kazakhstan has agreed to allow full access by NGO's following the example of the last summit in Istanbul in 1999. "This is important not only so Kazakhstan can demonstrate its commitment to upholding the human dimension, but also because 2010 marks the 35th Anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act. I can assure you that at the summit the United States will stand up for all OSCE principles, especially with regard to human rights," Robert Blake added. According to Robert Blake, the crisis in Kyrgyzstan has also tested its neighbors, particularly Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. "We are working with our partners in the region and with Russia so that there will be no repetition of these tragic events. Uzbekistan played a helpful role in taking in a large number of displaced persons, which contributed significantly to the international relief efforts. Its government quickly and effectively addressed the humanitarian needs of these people, ultimately helping to save lives. We hope that, if needed, Uzbekistan would again be willing to open its borders to provide safe haven," he added. "We appreciate Kazakhstan's efforts to galvanize the OSCE's efforts to stabilize the situation in Kyrgyzstan. Kazakhstan supported the OSCE's decision to deploy a Police Advisory Group in Kyrgyzstan. Kazakhstan has expressed its commitment to enhance the OSCE Center in Bishkek and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights' efforts to assist Kyrgyzstan with the parliamentary elections in October. As a powerful economic neighbor, Kazakhstan has a crucial role to play in continuing to help Kyrgyzstan achieve economic and social stability," Robert Blake stated. As the international community works with the Provisional Government to help confront these many challenges, coordination and consultation are essential. The United States remains in constant contact with Tashkent, Astana, Moscow, the European Union, the United Nations and others to ensure stability and security in Kyrgyzstan. The crisis has brought Russia and United States together in a region where so many suggest they are rivals. Presidents Obama and Medvedev even issued a joint statement on Kyrgyzstan at their last meeting, Robert Blake concluded.

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Date:Aug 3, 2010
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