Continued democratic reforms, international support key to Kyrgyzstan’s future
New York — Over 40 representatives of UN member states, donors and international development agencies met with the delegation from Kyrgyzstan led by Parliament Speaker Asylbek Jeenbekov, to discuss the current political, economic and social situation in Kyrgyzstan - the first country in Central Asia that has adopted parliamentary democracy in summer 2010.
This meeting was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the Kyrgyz delegation to the 67th General Assembly, to reaffirm full support to strengthening the country’s parliamentary democracy.
Mr. Jeenbekov talked about the progress achieved since 2010, when the country’s political and socio-economic crisis was at its peak, and the series of challenges that the country is still facing: high levels of poverty, corruption, drug trafficking, ethnic tensions and security implications for the region after the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) from Afghanistan announced for 2014.
“Although progress has been significant, Kyrgyzstan needs the international community to continue supporting the democratic reforms. The inter-ethnic relations after the conflict in 2010 are still fragile and will require significant attention. The Kyrgyz Republic is promoting the concept of national unity to help improve inter-ethnic relations,” Mr. Jeenbekov said.
“Two years ago, we had here in this same room Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva and senior members of her administration talking about their plans. Since then, we have had a lot of significant things happening in the country” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.
She highlighted that UNDP has been a key partner to Kyrgyzstan since 1991 and that UNDP will continue to support the Government in establishing a sound parliamentary democracy and work with civil society, the private sector and minorities and other vulnerable groups across all of Central Asia so that the significant development potential of the region can be realized.
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