While Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbaev maintains a resentful silence in the Berezovsky affair, other Kazakh officials have taken to lecturing Moscow on international law and organizational due process. Following Prime Minister Nurlan Balgimbaev (see the Monitor, March 9), the heads of the international affairs commissions of Kazakhstan’s bicameral parliament spoke up yesterday on the subject. Senate commission chairman Zhabaihan Abdildin stated that “the CIS is not a landed estate of Russia, but a group of independent countries which are not subordinated to Russia, the latter being [but] one of the members.” Yeltsin had only the right to propose replacing the CIS executive secretary, but not the right of decision, which, Abdildin said, belongs to the Council of Heads of State.
Milli Majlis (lower house) Commission Secretary Zhumagali Nauryzbai, for his part, stressed the “need to avoid any situation in which one CIS country’s leader makes decision for other countries, without consulting their leaders. This will not lead to anything good in the CIS” (Russian agencies, March 9).
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