Articles by George D. Gleboff

Early presidential election in Kazakhstan set for June 9; President Tokayev pledges fair and transparent vote

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will hold an early presidential election June 9, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced April 9. Tokayev called for the early election after assuming the office per Kazakhstan’s Constitution March 20 following the surprise resignation of Kazakhstan’s first and only President since independence, Nursultan Nazarbayev, March 19. Tokayev said he called for the…

BREAKING NEWS: Early presidential election in Kazakhstan set for June 9; President Tokayev pledges fair and transparent vote

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev set the date for the early presidential election for June 9, 2019 as he said the vote was “absolutely needed” to ensure “continuity, predictability and stability” at the time of political transition and “to remove any uncertainty.” In a televised address broadcast on all national television channels at 1…

Kazakh President resigns, Senate Speaker to serve remainder of presidential term

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev stunned the nation March 19, announcing during a nationally televised address that he would be resigning the office he has held for nearly three decades. “As the founder of the independent Kazakh state, I see my future task in ensuring the coming to power of a new generation of…

Kazakhstan-EU Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement expands interaction spectrum

BRUSSELS – The 21st meeting of the Berlin Eurasian Club, held in Brussels Oct. 4 under the title “The Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the European Union (EU): Achievements and Goals,” gathered diplomats, experts, business and media representatives from the nation and the continent. The event focused on…

UN General Assembly commemorates Int’l Day against Nuclear Tests

NEW YORK – The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) commemorated the International Day against Nuclear Tests with an Aug. 30 special meeting highlighting the need for unified efforts to legally stop further nuclear weapons testing. Addressing the audience, UNGA President Peter Thomson called for global action to halt nuclear tests and the proliferation of nuclear…

Kazakhstan, Holland advance ties across board

A Rotterdam square is named after Astana, a new stamp featuring the portrait of the Kazakh President is issued by the Dutch Post, and a new tulip is bred called ‘President Nazarbayev’ THE HAGUE – Kazakhstan and the Netherlands have moved their bilateral relations to a qualitatively new level following the visit here by President…

Kazakhstan ‘Deeply Concerned’ with Situation in Ukraine, Calls for Political Resolution of Differences

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is “deeply concerned with the current developments in Ukraine”, the country’s foreign ministry said in a March 3 statement adding that “further escalation of tensions may lead to unpredictable consequences at both regional and global levels.” “Kazakhstan calls on all parties to renounce options that imply the use of power and make…

Nation Marks 20 Years of Accession to NPT, Calls for Treaty’s Universality

ASTANA – Kazakhstan calls on all countries to work to strengthen the global nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament regime and to reaffirm their commitments to key treaties in this area, and says it is ready to work with partners on developing a convention prohibiting nuclear weapons, the country’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Feb.…

In Astana, Dutch FM Focuses on Bilateral Ties, Nuclear Summit Preparations

ASTANA – Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans visited the capital of Kazakhstan on Feb. 3 for a series of high-level meetings focused on expanding economic cooperation and building up the framework of joint efforts in working towards a world without nuclear weapons. The second area of interest bears special importance and urgency as The Hague…

President Urges Country to Use “Window of Opportunity” of Next 15 Years

ASTANA – In his widely anticipated State-of-the-Nation address on Jan. 17, President Nursultan Nazarbayev outlined in detail his vision of how Kazakhstan, a country only 22 years old, could become one of the world’s 30 most developed and competitive nations by 2050. To catch up with the developed world, he said, Kazakhstan will need to…