Kazakhstan should establish and approve a legal framework for border policy. This opinion was expressed today at the round-table meeting by Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security Mukhtar Kul-Mukhammed. The meeting titled “Border Policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Current State and Prospects of the Normative Legal Regulation” was held today in the Senate. It was attended by representatives of law enforcement, central government and local executive bodies.
“It is obvious that the border policy, as part of the foreign and domestic policy of the state, should be aimed at establishing an integrated system of border security, as an integral part of the national security of the country,” Mukhtar Kul-Mukhammed said.
The key message of the meeting was the Border Policy Concept being developed in the country for the first time. Its creation is conditioned by the need to have a clear-cut, evidence-based national strategy in the field of border policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan. According to senators, the border policy should also cover the issues of socio-economic development of near-border settlements and the welfare of their residents.
“The reference directions of the border policy are the socio-economic development of border areas, the rise of the welfare of the population, which are the overarching factors for maintaining social and political stability, the implementation of international legal formalization of state borders, the development of border cooperation, as well as building a system of scientific knowledge in the field of border policy,” Mukhtar Kul-Mukhammed noted.
The remarkable thing is that the Border Policy Concept aims to upset formally approved views on the basic directions of ensuring border security, realize national interests in the border area, develop and intensify interstate border cooperation, prevent and suppress encroachments upon the integrity and inviolability of the State border. During the session, issues of external and internal migration, ensuring public security in the border area, as well as building and developing the infrastructure of checkpoints at the State border were also discussed.
(Press Office of the Senate, 74-72-27. Photo by E. Ukibay)