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Kazakhstan to focus on nuclear issues, conflicts in UN Security Council — minister

July 05, 17:19 UTC+3 ASTANA
Kazakhstan was for the first time elected the UN Security Council’s non-permanent member for 2017-2018, the Foreign Ministry is working out a comprehensive plan of the republic’s work
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Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov

Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov

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ASTANA, July 5. /TASS/. Kazakhstan will focus on nuclear issues and the resolution of long-standing conflicts in Eurasia during its work in the UN Security Council in 2017-2018, Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov said on Tuesday

The Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan is working out a comprehensive plan of the republic’s work in the UN Security Council, the foreign minister said.

"The implementation of the anti-nuclear and anti-terror initiatives [of President Nursultan Nazarbayev] put forward at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly and reflected in the Manifesto ‘Peace. 21st Century’" will be the top priority of Kazakhstan’s work in the UN Security Council, the foreign minister said.

Kazakhstan will also focus on "ensuring the continuity of ideas, values and priorities, which Kazakhstan followed during its chairmanship in the OSCE [the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe], the OIC [the Organization of Islamic Cooperation], the CIS [the Commonwealth of Independent States], the SCO (the Shanghai Cooperation Organization] and other large regional structures," the minister said.

Kazakhstan’s second priority will be "the search for ways to resolve the existing problems among large powers and long-standing conflicts, first of all, in Eurasia, taking into account the national interests of Kazakhstan, and also the involvement of the international community in the efforts to solve the problems of Central Asia, primarily, in the fight against terrorism and extremism and the solution of urgent economic problems," the Kazakh foreign minister said.

According to Idrisov, membership in the key UN body also provides "possibilities for strengthening cooperation with our traditional partners and developing relations with Kazakhstan’s new partners in Oceania, Equatorial Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean basin."

Kazakhstan was for the first time elected by 193 UN member states on June 28 as the UN Security Council’s non-permanent member for 2017-2018.

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