Central Asia Geopolitical Watch – from 25 February to 3 March 2023

Central Asia Watch TeamAlexiane Pradier, Maxime Delaye, Lucien Moreels, Sophie Marc, Alexandre Brière, Audrey Colin, Marion Bretton et Julie Eifler-Bolander.

The files we follow : Multi-vector policies in Central Asia; Mongolia and Central Asia/South-East Asia relations; Kyrgyz, Tajik and Turkmen internal policy; Security, Defence and Border Conflicts; New Silk Roads; Other forms of international cooperation in the area; Resources, energy, raw materials and environment; Humanitarian and development aid; Culture and religions in Central Asia…

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– Multi-vector policies in Central Asia: update in Kazakhstan – Alexandre Brière –

On 28 February, an official meeting took place between the Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister, Roman Vassilenko, the First Deputy Secretary General of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), Leonid Anfimov, and the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Zhandos Umiraliyev. According to the Kazakh international news agency Kazinform, the meeting took place within the framework of the opening of the CIS mission for the monitoring and supervision of the parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan. These elections are initially scheduled for 19 March 2023, to renew the members of the Majilis, the lower house of the Kazakh parliament. As reported by the Kazakh news agency, During the talks, Roman Vassilenko informed his counterpart, Leonid Anfimov, that the legislative ballot will take place in accordance with the political and socio-economic reforms undertaken in 2022 by the Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. In this regard, according to the CIS Press Service, the latter detailed the measures taken by the prosecutor’s office to ensure the rule of law, prevent violations and coordinate the actions of the country’s law enforcement agencies during the preparation and conduct of elections. He also recalled all the instructions announced by the Ministry of the Interior to maintain public order during the electoral process. Finally, the Office of the Attorney General, in close cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior, agreed to provide the headquarters of the CIS observation mission with all information relating to non-compliance with the law that would lead to criminal prosecution.

– Mongolia and Central Asia/South-East Asia relations – Julie Eifler-Bolander –

First of all, in the framework of the cooperation between Mongolia and Japan, the Chairman of the Great Khural (Parliament) of Mongolia, Gombojav Zandanshatar, arrived in Japan for an official visit, from 1 to 5 March, as reported by the official website of the Great Khural of Mongolia.

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