Almaty. January 14. Interfax-Kazakhstan – Kazakh opposition party Azat (Freedom) requested the OSCE member-states to discuss with Astana the issue of putting opposition representatives on the list of Astana official delegation in the Organization.

"(...) We suggest that all OSCE official delegations raise an issue before the OSCE permanent council about including members of the Kazakh democratic opposition, as an observer with the right to make statements, in the official delegation representing Kazakhstan in the OSCE," the party said in a statement.

Azat party believes that that such approach would facilitate the democratic processes in Kazakhstan and bolster the OSCE image as an institution of democracy, security and cooperation. According to the opposition, "it will help to press ahead with the process of political dialogue, to promote the principles of civilized politics in Kazakhstan and increase the contribution of Kazakhstan as the chair of the OSCE."

"(...) We are interested in giving international partners an access to an unbiased information about Kazakhstan and we expect a relevant and straightforward political analysis rather than promotion of autocracy," according to the statement.
Azat also proposed to the Parliamentary Assembly (PA) of the OSCE to hold special hearings on the democracy in Kazakhstan