ANKARA, Jan 12, (Asia Free Press): Mevlut Cavusoglu, Foreign Minister of Turkey, In a virtually held extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Turkic States (OTS), on the latest developments in Kazakhstan, said, Ankara will stand with Kazakhstan and its people, and affirmed its readiness ‘to mobilize all resources’.
Cavusoglu welcomed the return to stability as well as the appointment of Ali Khan Smailov as the new premier of Kazakhstan, where massive riots have been staged against high fuel prices, which led to a state-of-emergency and the resignation of the government.
“Kazakh people also have the common sense to display a spirit of unity and solidarity in order to find solutions to current problems,” Turkish FM added by saying, a peaceful and stable Kazakhstan is vital for regional peace.
The Turkish minister stressed the necessity of cooperation within the OTC member states in the areas of security and intelligence in a more regular and institutionalized way. In addition, he says, the region is “the centre of Geo-political interest”.
“We are the actors of cooperation and prosperity, not of geopolitical competition, because prosperity, stability and peace glorify states and nations”, Cavusoglu added.
In Kazakhstan, the protests broke out on Jan 02, when drivers in the city of Zhanaozen in the country’s oil-rich Mangystau region staged demonstrations against huge price hikes for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which later spread to the city of Aktau.
Later, after the situation worsen, the Russian-led military alliance like the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) have deployed peacekeepers to normalize the tense situation in the Central Asian Country.