|Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and
President of the Kyrgyz Republic Askar Akayev
Statements following their meeting, Al-Archa Residence
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, April 16, 2000
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State
PRESIDENT AKAYEV: (in Russian) Her Excellency, the Honorable Secretary of State of the United States of America, dear ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
First of all I would like to welcome you all to Kyrgyzstan and say that all we Kyrgyzstanis attach great importance to the official visit of the Secretary of State of the United States, Madame Albright. And I don't hide the fact that we place high hopes on the visit of Secretary of State Albright to give new impetus to the development of bilateral relations between Kyrgyzstan and the United States. Also in the context of multilateral development and further integration of Kyrgyzstan into the world community. I would like to note with satisfaction that we have discussed a wide range of issues, both bilateral and multilateral.
First -- issues related to keeping stability, providing security of Kyrgyzstan and the whole Central Asian region. As you well know there are three threats: international terrorism, narcotics trafficking and organized crime, and religious extremism, which has fertile soil in our region for instability.
So far we have received substantial assistance from the American people and government for our struggle against terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and extremism of all sorts. I would like to express my gratitude for this support to the American government and American people. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to the Honorable Secretary of State for her announcement of a new package of assistance in these very important areas, because stability and security are the main factors for affirmation of democratic and market institutions in Kyrgyzstan, and I think in the whole region, and for all the Newly Independent States as well.
Secondly, we also discussed the results of the recent Parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan. We considered both positive aspects as well as the failures. We agreed that there were some failures. And I stated several times that the OSCE's remarks and recommendations on the recent elections would be taken into consideration by the Kyrgyz government in the upcoming Presidential elections. We created a working group to make recommendations to eliminate the flaws in our legislation. The most important thing is that we are working together with the OSCE, on our initiative, to form a roundtable with the participation of a wide range of political parties and the whole spectrum of political forces of Kyrgyzstan, the OSCE, NGO's, and the newly elected deputies of Parliament. We will work out recommendations which will certainly be fulfilled in order to eliminate failures which we had in the recent Parliamentary elections, in order to avoid them in the upcoming Presidential elections. I appreciate Secretary Albright's understanding of the problems we are facing now.
We also discussed questions related to deepening our cooperation in the economic sphere. And I wish to express my appreciation for the large-scale assistance which the American people and the government of the United States have given us and continue to give us in promotion of economic reforms to provide the economy of Kyrgyzstan with strong foundation of the market mechanisms and market institutions which will help us to overcome the problems and difficulties we have in our economy.
I would like to express our great satisfaction with our discussions with Secretary Albright and I am deeply impressed by these discussions and negotiations and as a colleague, a former University professor, I'm convinced that this visit of Secretary Albright will give a new impulse for further deepening and development of cooperation between our countries, Kyrgyzstan and U.S. As the President of Kyrgyzstan, I would like to confirm our strong commitment to follow the path of democratic and market reforms and strengthening democratic institutions in Kyrgyzstan. And with great pleasure I pass the podium to the Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I want to thank the President for having had an extremely good and full discussion, as he has described it. I am overwhelmed by the beauty that I have already seen of Kyrgyzstan. And as I told the President I feel very much as if I've landed in my home state of Colorado. This is a country that is rich in people and natural resources and good will. I very much welcome the discussion that the President and I had about problems that are of general concern. That is terrorism, narco-trafficking and non-proliferation issues. We committed ourselves to work together even more strongly on those issues. We talked also about the state of the economy here and the importance of cooperation with the IMF and the World Bank. We spoke also about the importance of democracy and democratic reforms in Kyrgyzstan and elections past and present and future. We spoke about the importance of Kyrgyzstan following through on recommendations made by the OSCE and the President himself has now made very clear his commitment to those recommendations. We spoke about the very warm friendship between the United States and Kyrgyzstan and our support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of this country. So Mr. President thank you very, very much for your warm hospitality and for renewing our friendship and I look forward to working with you.
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