EU- Kazakhstan Cooperation Council: extracts from the press conference by the Lithuanian Presidency, the European Commission and Kazakhstan
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC
End production: 24/07/2013 First transmission: 24/07/2013
On 24 July, Linas Antanas Linkevicius, Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Yerbol Orynbayev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, held the press conference of the EU- Kazakhstan Cooperation Council.
The Cooperation Council reaffirmed the commitment of both parties to see relations strengthen across a number of areas and took stock of the progress made since the twelfth Cooperation Council between the EU and Kazakhstan in June 2011. The Cooperation Council confirmed interest in further negotiating and concluding a new enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Kazakhstan and the European Union as soon as possible.
The Cooperation Council reiterated the importance of a comprehensive implementation of the EU Strategy for Central Asia both on a regional and national basis and welcomed Kazakhstan’s involvement in the EU regional initiatives for Central Asia. Developments were discussed as regards concrete flagship initiatives, such as on the Rule of Law,
Education and Environment.
The Cooperation Council also discussed a number of issues of importance to both parties, notably political reforms, rule of law and human rights, trade and economic relations, regional cooperation in Central Asia (including water, energy. The Cooperation Council welcomed the positive results of negotiations on the accession of Kazakhstan to the World Trade Organization.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Linas Antanas Linkevicius, Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs: Considering the good governance, human rights, fundamental freedoms and the political dialogue between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the EU, we agreed on the importance of continuing engagements and cooperation promoting human rights protection and reform of the legal and judicial system. Taking into consideration significant trade and economic cooperation between our two parties, continued substantial role of the EU as with Kazakhstan's first trading and investment partner in the development and the diversification of Kazakhstan's economy, we agreed that we mutual interest in developing our bilateral ties. We welcome the entry of Kazakhstan in the WTO.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Linas Antanas Linkevicius: EU underlined the importance of Kazakhstan as a reliable energy partners to the EU, as a supplier of oil. And in this context, we look forward to the upcoming launch of the field.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Yerbol Orynbayev, Vice Prime Minister of Kazakhstan: We exchanged views on the current state and the future of our cooperation including to bring the EU- Kazakhstan relation to a new level by continuing the negotiations on the new PCA. At the first round of talks, the new agreement will be held in Astana in October this year. We have noted effective implementation of the strategy for new partnership between EU and the new Central Asian countries.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Yerbol Orynbayev: The details of the case is that Madam Shalabayeva presented some fake passports and this is also a criminal case in Italy. So, in case that she comes back to Italy, there is a potential imprisonment for 4 years. So in the light of these circumstances, I think the possibility to come back is clearly questionable. If our ambassador could be sent back to Kazakhstan, lets' see what happen and then we can respond.
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