Many experts marked that OIC CFM session (Council of foreign ministers) in Dushanbe in May was no less important event: here for the first time in OIC history the slack of presidency in the structure was picked up by Central Asian state. The fact obviously speaks in favor of Central Asia and its special role in regional and global security.
To-date OIC reconsiders the format of their activity taking into account the fact of presidency’s transference to one of Central Asian countries, regarded as stable, successful and promising in economic and political development. OIC is gradually adapting to new realities, threats and challenges which Islamic world is facing, and it is a hopeful sign too. Reminder: OIC established in 1969 is aimed at Islamic solidarity in social, economic and political areas; fighting colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism and support to Palestine. Islamic world should react to the challenges creating a new paradigm of safety, resting on principles of openness, mutual respect, understanding and tolerance. According to Kazakhstan foreign minister Kanat Saudabayev, it’s high time to establish full-scale inter-institutional collaboration between Organization of Islamic Conference and OSCE. Topical issues of security and confidence-building measures were also in the focus within discussions at CICA third Summit in June in Istanbul – the structure also formed on Kazakhstan’s initiative by the way.
OIC Council of foreign ministers noted decisive role of OSCE chair-in office in settlement of the recent crisis in Kyrgyzstan. Kazakhstan is also sufficiently involved in stabilization process in Afghanistan, both in bilateral plan and as OSCE chair-in office. All the above once again confirms increasing part of this country in the world community, the analysts say.
Many specialists are sure that Kazakhstan experience in peaceful relations’ development will be useful both for Islamic world and Christian countries.
In European states (including Russia) Muslims’ share is steadily growing, that’s why decrease of interethnic and inter-confessional tensions will remain for a long time among essential issues on the state political agenda.
Taking into consideration the principle of Islamic solidarity Kazakhstan’s membership in this organization gives a good chance to put Kazakhstan’ s political initiatives into practice.
At large the chairmanship or leadership in secretariats of OEC, SCO, CICA, TURKSOI, and Dialogue of cooperation in Asia, OSCE and OIC is an illustrative example of Kazakhstan’s growing authority and significance; it creates prerequisites for formation of a new external -political paradigm. In the total fruitful activity in these structures and promotion of Kazakhstan’s initiatives has become a fundamental element of the country’s gradual internal development.
In 2011 Kazakhstan will assume office in OIC Council of foreign ministers and Astana will host 38th
OIC Council of foreign ministers. And 7th World Islamic economic forum in Kazakhstan is to expand spectrum of economic relations with Islamic countries alongside with Kazakhstan’s presidency in OIC CFM in 2011. This chairmanship and active sharing in OIC work provides Kazakhstan with another opportunity to influence the world agenda and settle international conflicts, to advance national interests and to gain invaluable experience and train qualified employees in the school of multilateral diplomacy.
OIC also assists to the states-participants in ecological problems’ solution. Particularly Kazakhstan for the first time was supported in settlement of Semipalatinsk and Aral regional ecological challenges.
First of all OIC member-states regard this authoritative organization as a supreme body able to revive OIC as an efficient forum of Muslim world on principles of Islamic religion’s identity with peace and progress.
Speaking on mechanisms and procedures in the structure it should be noted that common politics of Islamic countries is determined at the summit of state leaders and governmental chairs held once in three years and at the conference of foreign ministers (CFM). Decisions are adopted on principles of Islamic solidarity and consensus.
OIC to-date is a modern structure with vast, untapped potential and the workflow in five languages, the main of which is English. Its general secretariat and departments are working on international standards widely applying new technologies, advanced management and IT decisions.
OIC political weight is determined by the fact that over 2/3 of the world hydrocarbon reserves is concentrated in Muslim countries’ subsoil. Following growing prices for petroleum the ruling elite of these countries actively use their leverages over international economy and equitable distribution of the world wealth.