A solemn reception on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia was held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
Members of Parliament of Kazakhstan, heads of ministries, heads of diplomatic missions, business people and members of societies took part in the event.
In the welcome address, the head of the foreign ministry Kairat Abdrakhmanov noted that a quarter of century earlier despite skeptics' arguments regarding high dissimilarity among Asian countries preventing to establish security and cooperation structures in Asia, the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev had proposed to make the first step. “And in 25 years we sum up the results of collaborative work which met our ambition to create effective structure for cooperation by developing common approaches to ensuring peace, security and stability in the Asian region”, - the Minister said.
Mr. Abdrakhmanov emphasized the beginning of a new stage in the development of CICA process, contours of which were defined in the Statement of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of CICA member-states on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Conference on September 20, 2017 in New York. “First and foremost, it is interation's improvement of effectiveness to ensure peace and progress in the SICA area, including with the help of covering a larger number of Asian countries, increasing external ties, and a broader participation in regional and international affairs”, - the Minister added.
The Executive Director of CICA Gong Jianwei also gave a congratulatory speech.
At the reception a photo exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of CICA was presented, reflecting main stages of the Conference's organization and development.
The idea of convening CICA was first announced by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev at the 47th session of the UN General Assembly on October 5, 1992. This initiative's driving force was the ambition to create an effective and acceptable structure for ensuring peace and security in Asia.
Today there are 26 member states of the Conference. 9 countries and 5 international organizations take part as observers.