Ambassador of Kazakhstan visits the Ministry2010-07-23
Ambassador of Kazakhstan visits the Ministry
The Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan Galymzhan Koishybayev and counsellor Erik Sugurbekov have visited the Ministry of Environment. Ambassador Koishybayev was pleased with the constructive cooperation between Lithuania and Kazakhstan in the field of environment protection and shared problems that the Kazakhs have to face. The vast territory of their country has storage facilities for spent nuclear materials, the Baikonur Cosmodrome, oil extracted from the Caspian shelf, and the rapidly developing heavy industry; therefore, environmental disasters cannot be avoided.
The Ambassador assured that the Ministry of Environment Protection of Kazakhstan made every effort to preserve the nature of the country and was concerned with ecology, and in this area enjoyed a full range of state powers. The young developing state needs global and European assistance; it participates in international forums and seeks membership in international organisations.
Ambassador Koishybayev mentioned Lithuania’s constructive position in the international area, appreciated environmental initiatives of Lithuania and asked to provide assistance in dealing with Kazakhstan’s ecological problems on the international level. During the meeting the Ambassador especially emphasised climate change measures employed by Kazakhstan, the country’s efforts within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and actions taken to be listed in Annex B of the Kyoto Protocol. The European Commission has been informed about Kazakhstan’s plans in the field of climate change. Consultations with the Commission and other Member States, which will be informed about the country’s position, will continue in future.
Minister Gediminas Kazlauskas was grateful for the positive assessment of the Ministry and promised to support Kazakhstan’s efforts in dealing with environmental problems on the international level.
Ministry of Environment information, 2191869
23 July 2010