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Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies

under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Address of the President to the people of Kazakhstan

Third Modernization of Kazakhstan

"Only those nations who manage to set the future goals and proceed resolutely facing the challenges,

instead of sitting on the hedge and waiting, are the winners."

Farhad Mammadov: Astana and Kazakhstan to Become Asia's Geneva

 

Astana Process differs from the Geneva format because the negotiating parties have already synchronized their positions and gather together to clarify the key terms of a larger agreement. Russia, Turkey and Iran have recently demonstrated some positive dynamics and appear to be willing to reach the agreement about the solutions on a number of specific issues. The fact that the Syrian government, key players of the Syrian opposition and, according to some sources, Saudi Arabia, have also agreed to participate makes it possible to expanse the room for an agreement on Syria, where the conditions for the positions to be synchronized may be provided while short-term and medium-term goals as well as the steps towards their fulfillment may be identified.

The choice of Astana as the venue for the negotiations is not accidental: Kazakhstan, as a nation with predominately-Muslim population that, having just assumed its seat as a Non-permanent Member of the UN Security Council, enjoys a solid reputation on the international arena. The esteem President Nursultan Nazarbayev enjoys among the participants, namely Russia, Iran and Turkey, enables to create the conditions most favorable for achievement of the best possible results and secures the choice of Astana for future negotiations. This is a good example of Astana’s potential to become a Geneva of the Asian Continent, an ideal venue for any endeavor aimed at conflict resolution and a platform for negotiations at the highest level.