Kazakh Prez says nothing critical likely to happen after NATO exit

Amid concerns in central Asia following the proposed withdrawal of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan in 2014

Written by Raghvendra Rao | Astana,kazakhtan | Published: May 1, 2013 1:28:02 am

Amid concerns in central Asia following the proposed withdrawal of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan in 2014,Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has rejected all the “catastrophic theories” doing the rounds.

At the recently concluded Eurasian Media Forum 2013 in Astana,Nazarbayev said that the issue of regional security was very relevant for the central Asian region.

“Let me state clearly. I do not accept catastrophic theories which we hear from different perspectives. I absolutely do not believe that the countdown has already been turned on to bring our region to some sort of an ‘X hour’ in 2014 following the end of an active phase of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan,”Nazarbayev said.

He added “nothing critical will happen” although there are “those who are willing or frightening others for such a scenario to unfold”.

He has also termed as “preposterous”,suggestions that Russia was trying to create a new Soviet Union.

(The writer was visiting Kazakhstan on the invitation of the Eurasian Media Forum).

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