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Kazakh Diplomat appointed OSCE High Commissioner

Nur-Sultan, December 4, 2020 – The institutional crisis at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) that lasted for the past six months has ended today. As is known, in July, the mandates of four of the most senior officials of the Organization were suspended. The posts are Secretary General, Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), High Commissioner on National Minorities and Representative on Freedom of the Media.

The lengthy selection and negotiation process eventually resulted in a consensus, and the online OSCE Ministerial Council approved today the new figures at the helm of the offices.

Very early in the selection process, Kazakhstan nominated Mr Kairat Abdrakhmanov, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Sweden, for one of the key posts – the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

Ambassador Abdrakhmanov’s nomination was positively received by the OSCE participating states, which led to the development of a broad consensus around his candidacy in an open competition with other candidates. The Kazakh diplomat has previously earned significant high-level professional experience as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations and the OSCE.

It is important to note that representatives of countries that are part of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), have never been represented in the OSCE’s senior management before. We are certain that Kazakhstan’s experience in maintaining peace and harmony in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society contributed to the selection of this candidate.

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