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Afghanistan: Kazakh Senate refused to send troops

The Senate of Kazakhstan (lower house) has refused to ratify the agreement on the participation of Kazakh military in the international operation in Afghanistan, the agency News-Kazakhstan reported on Thursday.

“The Committee on Foreign Relations, Defence and Security has proposed to reject the bill (ratification) and return it to the Majlis (lower house of parliament of Kazakhstan), ” said Senator Mukhtar Altynbaïev.

The official also added that under the Constitution, “any decision concerning the participation of Kazakh military in foreign operations should be taken after a joint session of both houses of parliament. ”

On 18 May, the Kazakh Majlis approved the ratification of the agreement with NATO on Kazakhstan’s participation in the operation in Afghanistan. Under the agreement, Astana should send a contingent in the country for six months.

On 22 May, the Taliban Islamic movement has issued a statement that the troops in Afghanistan would have “serious consequences” for Kazakhstan.

The Kazakh Foreign Ministry has reacted to this statement by stating that Astana would send four officers in the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

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