PRAGUE. On Saturday two-day meeting of Foreign ministers of the OSCE member-states concluded its work in Porto, Portugal. Representatives of the 55 member-states and partner countries (Japan, South Korea, Israel, etc.) attended the Tenth Ministerial Council Meeting of the OSCE Foreign ministers. Kyrgyzstan was represented by the First deputy foreign minister, Omar Sultanov and its Ambassador to Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Israel and to several international organizations based in Vienna, Alikbek Jekshenkulov. The Council adopted several documents, including the OSCE Charter on Preventing and Combating Terrorism and the OSCE strategy on reacting to menaces for security and stability in the XXI century. The Kyrgyz delegation members met with Russian Foreign Minister, Igor Ivanov, the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Antonio Martins da Cruz, the OSCE Secretary General, Jan Kubis and told them about the Kyrgyz Government's efforts in constitutional reforms. As RFE/RL informed before, the problems of imminent changes of Kyrgyzstan's Constitution was discussed during a one-day seminar held in Bishkek, on 3 December. A delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly from eight OSCE participating States, who was visiting the country between 1 and 4 December, participated in the seminar, entitled "Processes of Constitutional Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic".
"We welcome the constitutional reforms in Kyrgyzstan since it involves a nationwide dialogue on the Constitution, a document which embodies the political principles of the country", said Paula Kokkonen, a Finnish member of Parliament and the head of the OSCE Parliament Assembly delegation in her speech. The event was organized by the Kyrgyz State National University and the NGO "Democratic Processes Research Center" and it was supported by the OSCE Centre in Bishkek.