Comments on UN General Assembly Central Asia Resolution (part 1)
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For the first time in recent history, the standing of Central Asian nations has been consolidated as actors of world politics. According to experts, this owes largely to the open and constructive foreign policy of Uzbekistan, whose most critical priority today is to boost regional cooperation.
Still, for the full-scale integration of Central Asia into the global political and economic system, also necessary is the participation of world actors. In particular, in the new conditions of close and trustful regional cooperation, the role of such leading international bodies as the United Nations, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, inter alia, is in great demand.
The adoption by the UN General Assembly of the resolution “Strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian region” has become a truly historic event.
Counselor of the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in the Republic of Uzbekistan Kemel Sadykov:
— At the highest international level, the important role of Central Asian countries in securing peace, stability and sustainable development in the region is acknowledged. The Central Asian nations have come up with a number of important regional and international initiatives in the field of security and development that found support in the world community. I think there is no need to list these initiatives now, as they are reflected in the text of the resolution and we all know about them.
At the same time, it seems necessary to continue to take efforts to develop and promote mutually agreed regional initiatives in the world arena, to support each other on international platforms and during elections to various international bodies, and, if elected, to firmly defend, together with national interests, the interests of the region in general.
In light of this, I would like to note that following the suit of the Republic of Kazakhstan, currently the first among the Central Asian states to be member of the UN Security Council and adequately represents not only Kazakhstan, but the whole of our region, the Kyrgyz Republic nominated its candidacy for non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for the period 2027-2028.
As part of this governing body of the most authoritative international organization, Kyrgyzstan is ready to devote its activities to addressing security and sustainable development issues in the Central Asian region and the world as a whole.
An important role in the adoption of the resolution we are discussing today belongs to Uzbekistan, who drafted the document and organized its constructive discussion with interested parties. It cannot be said that the discussion among Central Asian countries was uncomplicated and absolutely at ease.
And this is quite natural, since all parties understood the great importance and responsibility of the work. Certainly, there were heated discussions, disagreements, which at times seemed insurmountable. But, as is known, it is in discussions that one can learn not only to listen, but also to hear, and also understand and respect each other, to make mutual concessions and compromises. And it is in disputes, as folk wisdom goes, that truth is born.
As a result, we managed to reach a common stance, and the draft resolution submitted to the General Assembly was unanimously supported by all UN member states. Thus, the countries of Central Asia have declared their readiness and ability to solve the issues of the regional agenda, counting first of all on their own strengths. The world community supports us in this. And now we have to prove this by joint practical actions.
The main direction of our common activity, of course, is to ensure security in the region. The problems of international terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and other contemporary threats and challenges require closer and more coordinated cooperation among the countries of Central Asia, as well as with international and regional organizations. In light of this, it is also important, as part of efforts of the international community, to take measures to promote the peace process and socio-economic development in Afghanistan.
One of the indispensable conditions for the economic development of Central Asia is the extensive use of the transit and logistics potential of the region, the creation of a modern transport infrastructure, launch of new international transport corridors, air, motor and railway routes, the introduction of mutual preferences in the transportation of foreign trade goods.
Central Asia has a huge and diverse natural potential and ecosystems that require a careful attitude towards them.
In the meantime, there are problems of uranium tailings, the drying out of the Aral Sea, conservation of bio-resources, and also endangered populations of rare species of animals and plants. In this regard, it is essential to consolidate our efforts to meet the challenges of the region’s environmental security and ensure ecological balance.
Special attention should be paid to the expansion of cultural and humanitarian ties aimed at preserving the historical and cultural heritage of the peoples of Central Asia, supporting intercultural dialogue, developing youth and sports exchanges, and deepening contacts among educational and research centers and organizations.
Transformation of Central Asia into a region with a high degree of security, with a dynamically developing productive potential, with a business-friendly investment climate, advanced infrastructure and the essential conditions for raising the living standards and quality depends on our joint efforts.
In this connection, I would like to quote the statement of the classic in the world literature, the great Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aitmatov, whose 90th anniversary this year will be widely celebrated not only in Kyrgyzstan, but also in Uzbekistan. It reads, “When people are obsessed with some common concerns, interests, ideas and even anxieties, they go to the same goal and equally understand the meaning of life, the value of life, the significance of the situation in which they are at the moment. They, somewhere differing, nevertheless, overcome misunderstanding and arrive at mutual understanding. From this they are enriched. Therefore, we must strive for mutual understanding in various aspects.”
The Kyrgyz Republic believes in the huge potential of Central Asia and is determined to actively continue working together to cement peace, stability and sustainable development in the region. We are willing to consolidate shared understanding and mutually advantageous relations with our partners, and we are firmly convinced that only by acting together will we be able to deliver the conditions needed for the prosperity of our peoples.