Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 50

Commencing an official tour of the five Central Asian countries, NATO secretary general Javier Solana conferred on March 10-11 with Kazakstani president Nursultan Nazarbaev and other senior officials. At a concluding briefing, Foreign Minister Kasymzhomart Tokaev cited Nazarbaev’s view that NATO’s eastward enlargement is "irreversible" and will not have any "negative consequences" for Europe or the world, but should proceed gradually in order to address Russian concerns. Defense Minister Mukhtar Altynbaev discussed with the NATO visitors a training program for Kazakstani officers. The Almaty officials agreed with Solana that cooperation between NATO and Kazakstan "will benefit stability and security in Central Asia." (Xinhua, Interfax, March 11)

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