Kyrgyz Foreign Minister discussed with OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities the ethnic situation in Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek, May 21 / Kabar /. Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbayev met with OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Knut Vollebaek in frames of his visit to Washington.
At the meeting on May 19 the sides discussed the current situation in Kyrgyzstan on national minorities, the press service of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reports.
The Minister briefed that the development of inter-ethnic tolerance and interfaith harmony is a priority for Kyrgyzstan. This policy has been actively studied by ex-president Roza Otunbaeva and is supported by the current President Almazbek Atambaev. In particular, R. Kazakbaev said that a special working group was formed by Atambaev’s instruction to develop a unified concept of ethnic politics in Kyrgyzstan on the basis of two concepts previously developed by the President’s Office of the KR and Ata-Jurt faction.
The sides also discussed the issues of further cooperation and exchanged experience in the field of interethnic relations, including the abolition of the column "nationality" in passports of citizens of Kyrgyzstan.
R. Kazakbaev stressed that Kyrgyzstan is interested in further constructive cooperation with the OSCE and will remain open for discussion of various proposals, initiatives and projects concerning the development of inter-ethnic tolerance.