Special Representative of OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for protracted conflicts for the 2010 Kazakhstani Chairmanship of OSCE on visit to Bucharest

Ambassador Bolat Nurgaliyev, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for protracted conflicts for the 2010 Kazakhstani Chairmanship of the OSCE, will pay a working visit to Bucharest on Wednesday at the invitation of Secretary of State with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) Bogdan Aurescu.

According to a release MAE sent on Tuesday, the two officials will review the recent developments and the prospects of solving the protracted conflicts in the OSCE area, with emphasis on the Transnistrian conflict. The consultations in Bucharest are held against the background of some intensified international actions meant to identify the optimum means of regulating the Transnistrian file.

The consultations will also make it possible to evaluate the prospects of identifying some efficient mechanisms for solving protracted conflicts in the context of the debates occasioned by the OSCE summit to be held in Astana, over December 1-2.
Kazakhstani Ambassador Bolat Nurgaliyev, a career diplomat, held the position of Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization over 2007-2009 and in January 2010 he was appointed Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for protracted conflicts for the 2010 Kazakhstani Chairmanship of the OSCE.

Protracted (or frozen) conflicts are one of the priority subjects assumed by Kazakhstan as the OSCE chairmanship in office in 2010 besides combating terrorism, the issue of Afghanistan, cooperation in transports and promotion of tolerance. The OSCE chairmanship in office is held in 2010 by a Central Asian state for the first time in the history of the above-mentioned organization.

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