18.05.16: Kazakh Foreign Minister Calls for Global Anti-Terrorism Coalition on UN Visit

Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov concluded an official visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City last week by calling for a global coalition against the threat of terrorism, during a key General Assembly debate.

On May 6th, Minister Idrissov represented Kazakhstan at the high-level “Religions for Peace” conversation at the UN General Assembly, held at the initiative of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.   His statement can be read in full here, and his interview with Associated Press is available here.

On May 10th Minister Idrissov participated in a UN General Assembly debate on Global Peace and Security, under the theme: “In a World of Risks: A New Commitment for Peace.”   Citing President Nazarbayev’s recent Manifesto, “The World. The 21st Century” among other anti-war, anti-proliferation and anti-terrorism initiatives by Kazakhstan, he stated:

“The world will benefit from both the end goal and the process of disarmament: moving towards a nuclear-weapons-free world will equip humankind with a cooperative mechanism to sustain and support security at the lowest levels of armaments. Such a process will release excessive expenditure to be transferred to social and economic development in line with Kazakhstan’s initiative to allocate annually 1% of national defence budgets to sustainable development.”

He concluded: “We call on member states to endorse Kazakhstan’s proposal to establish a global anti-terrorist coalition under the UN, as well as universal mechanisms to bring perpetrators to justice.”

Minister Idrissov’s visit occurred in the context of Kazakhstan’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2017 – 18, and he held a series of meetings with his counterparts from the around the world to familiarise the international community with Kazakhstan’s priorities should the country be elected to serve on the prestigious body.

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