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The Helsinki Final Act at Forty: A View from Kazakhstan

The creation of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) forty years ago was an act of faith. It may have had its roots in a temporary thawing of Cold War tensions but it was a time of a physically divided Europe, fiercely conflicting ideologies and deep suspicion. Yet the 35 countries agreed in Helsinki to set their sights on a better future.

The principles enshrined in the Helsinki Final Act remain the bedrock of our common European security system. Kazakhstan, in many ways, stands as a symbol of what has been achieved in the intervening years. Born out of the break-up of the Soviet Union, our country has good relations with Russia and the US, with Europe and China and is an active member of the international community. We have built a successful economy and harmonious society, read more