Statement with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev
December 21, 2001
We declare our commitment to strengthen the long-term, strategic partnership
and cooperation between our nations, seeking to advance a shared vision of a
peaceful, prosperous and sovereign Kazakhstan in the 21st Century that is increasingly
integrated into the global economy and the community of democratic nations.
To this end, we will advance our cooperation on counterterrorism and non-proliferation,
democratic political and free-market economic reform, and market-based investment
and development of energy resources.
These goals further reflect our recognition that the threats of terrorism and
proliferation of weapons of mass destruction endanger the security not only
of the United States and Kazakhstan, but of the world at large. We therefore
seek to develop our security cooperation to address these challenges and foster
cooperation among Kazakhstan, its Central Asian neighbors, the United States,
and our European friends, partners, and allies. In pursuit of these objectives,
we are determined to deepen cooperation bilaterally and within NATO's Partnership
We reiterate our intent to cooperate in the war against terrorism to its conclusion
and within the framework of the international coalition. We underscore our support
for a broad-based Afghan government at peace internally and with its neighbors.
We also pledge our readiness to cooperate in Afghanistan's reconstruction.
Recognizing that Kazakhstan was the first country to renounce its nuclear-weapons
status voluntarily, we reaffirm our mutual commitment to the non-proliferation
of weapons of mass destruction. Both sides agree on the need for urgent attention
to improving the physical protection and accounting of all nuclear, chemical,
and biological weapons materials in all possessor states, and to preventing
illicit trafficking in these materials. We pledge to expand our cooperation
on these matters under the United States-Kazakhstan Cooperative Threat Reduction
In the spirit of partnership, Kazakhstan and the United States intend to strengthen
joint activity in ensuring security and stability in Central Asia. We agree
that the expansion of trade and economic ties among the states of Central Asia,
and deepening of regional integration in important areas, such as the environment,
water resources, and transportation systems are a basis for regional security.
The United States will consider enhancing assistance programs to Kazakhstan
to strengthen border security and to increase the defensive capabilities of
the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
We recognize that free market economies and the rule of law provide the most
effective means to advance the welfare of our citizens and the stability of
our societies. The United States and Kazakhstan pledge to advance our bilateral
economic, trade, and investment relations, including through expanded contacts
between the business communities of our countries. We will strive to further
develop an attractive, transparent and predictable investment climate. Achieving
this goal requires removal of legislative and administrative barriers to investment,
strengthening respect for contracts and the rule of law, reducing corruption,
and enhancing Kazakhstan's strong record on economic reform.
We also intend to cooperate to advance Kazakhstan's integration in the global
economy by supporting Kazakhstan's accession to the World Trade Organization
on the basis of standard and agreed criteria, and its graduation from the Jackson-Vanik
We affirm our desire to strengthen our energy partnership to diversify export
options for Kazakhstan's oil and gas and to diversify global energy supplies.
We share the view that a key element of this effort is development of multiple
pipelines that will ensure delivery of Caspian energy to world markets, unfettered
by monopolies or constrained by geographic chokepoints. We welcome the recent
opening of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) Pipeline and underscore our
support for development of the Aktau-Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil export route on
commercial terms. We will also work together to protect the rights of foreign
investors and to abide by decisions of courts, particularly of international
courts of arbitration.
Recognizing that democracy is a cornerstone of long-term stability, we reaffirm
our desire to strengthen democratic institutions and processes, such as independent
media, local government, pluralism, and free and fair elections. We also reiterate
our mutual commitments to advance the rule of law and promote freedom of religion
and other universal human rights as promoted by the United Nations and the Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe, of which we are both members. Finally,
we pledge to enhance understanding between the citizens of our two countries
by promoting people-to-people exchanges, initiatives of non-governmental organizations,
and contacts between business people.