The article originally appeared in The Economic Times
Kazakhstan has alleged that it is facing an armed aggression from terrorist groups trained outside the country,
On January 5, by his Decrees the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym-JomartTokayev declared a state of emergency across the entire territory of the country.
Initially, the demonstrations began in the Mangystau region, whose residents demanded reduction in the retail prices for liquefied gas. In response to this, on behalf of the Head of State, the Government promptly took measures to reduce the prices and introduced a moratorium on price increases for socially significant food products, fuel, and utilities.
All those detained in the first days of the protest were released. However, demonstrations in other major cities escalated into riots and attacks against government buildings, according to officials.
Moreover, the events in the city of Almaty – attacks on the administrative offices and military sites, capture of the airport and taking hostage of foreign passenger and cargo airplanes – point to the high level of preparedness and coordination of the perpetrators. The analysis shows that Kazakhstan is facing an armed aggression from terrorist groups trained outside the country, Kazakh officials told ET.
In view of the sharp aggravation of the situation, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has assumed the office of the Chairman of the Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan and decided to request the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization to provide military assistance in the conduct of the counter-terrorist operation.
The state of emergency includes a set of measures aimed at maintaining public safety and the rule of law. Law enforcement agencies and Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan are authorized to stop any illegal actions.
At the same time, the state will continue to ensure the rights and interests of all representatives of our multi-ethnic and multi-confessional people, as well as the safety of foreign citizens in the country, including representatives of the diplomatic corps and journalists. Foreign investments and businesses of foreign companies will be protected, officials said.
The Republic of Kazakhstan is committed to complying with international obligations in the field of human rights and to the continuation of the course of reforms within the framework of the “Listening State”concept, being implemented by President Tokayev, according to a Kazakh Govt statement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan is in constant contact with international partners on all current issues of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, the statement informed.