Articles by Zhanar Abdulova

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Nazarbayev, Obama Discuss Ways to Advance Peaceful Solution for Ukraine Crisis

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev held a late night telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama on Jan. 21 at the initiative of the American side, the Akorda presidential residence announced. The two leaders talked about the situation in the south-eastern Ukraine. According to the Akorda, Obama assured Nazarbayev he is committed to finding…

Diplomatic Dispatch

Astana Embassies End 2014 with Concerts, Cultural Events, Receptions Belgian Embassy Organises Sax Concerts in Kazakh Capital As part of the bicentenary anniversary celebration of Adolphe Sax’s birthday, the Belgian-born creator of the saxophone, the Belgian embassy in Astana organised two concerts in late November, in Astana (Nov. 24) and Bishkek (Nov. 26). Two Belgian…

Nazarbayev Offers to Mediate in Ukraine, Stresses Kazakhstan’s Economic Resilience

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev held his annual end-of-year news briefing covering a broad range of areas from the situation in Ukraine to Kazakhstan’s economic stimulus package, terrorism threats, prospects of integration in Eurasia and Almaty’s bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2022. During an hour-and-a-half question-and-answer session shown on national television channels on…

Kazakh Government, Civil Society Discuss New Bill on NGOs

ASTANA – Recognising the need to help build a more efficient and sustainable civil society in Kazakhstan, members of the Kazakh Parliament, representatives of various government ministries,non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international organisations gathered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 18 to discuss a draft bill which would introduce innovations regarding public funding of NGOs.…

In Annual Press Briefing, Nazarbayev Offers to Mediate in Ukraine, Stresses Kazakhstan’s Economic Resilience

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev held his annual end-of-year news briefing covering a broad range of areas from the situation in Ukraine to Kazakhstan’s economic stimulus package, terrorism threats, prospects of integration in Eurasia and Almaty’s bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2022. During an hour-and-a-half question-and-answer session shown on national television channels on…

Kazakhstan’s Judicial System Earns More Popular Trust, Supreme Court Chair Says

ASTANA – Based on the annual increase of more than 100,000 claims filed with the courts during the last five years, Kazakhstan citizens appear to have a growing trust in the judiciary, Chairman of the Supreme Court Kairat Mami said during an Oct. 20 address to the diplomatic corps. “It is no secret that Kazakh…