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On the address by Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kazakhstan, at the Special Session of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan

President Tokayev confirmed that perpetrators of violence took advantage of public discontent with the increase of liquefied gas price. Initially, peaceful rallies against the rise of gas price took place in a number of regions. Then, peaceful protests were hijacked by bandits, looters, and armed terrorists, including foreign militants. The perpetrators' key goal is clear - they aimed at destruction of government institutions, undermining of the constitutional order, and, ultimately, the seizure of power in Kazakhstan.

Facing an unprecedented armed aggression by terrorists, Kazakhstan had to request for assistance from its partners at the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) and deployment of an international peacekeeping contingent. By today, the main mission of the CSTO peacekeeping force has been successfully completed. A phased withdrawal from Kazakhstan of the entire CSTO peacekeeping contingent will begin in two days and will take no more than 10 days in total.

The President said that it is very important to recognize that, at the time of inviting the CSTO contingent to Kazakhstan, the country was in danger of ceding control over its biggest city, Almaty, to terrorists. If we had lost Almaty, we could have then lost the entire country. The risk was particularly high given that Kazakhstan's National Security Committee, a key counter-terrorism agency, failed to timely identify a critical threat to the national security.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 03:29:11 PM EST
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