Breaking news Wed, 24 May 2017 09:59:12 +0600 60 Kyrgyzstan to decrease sowing of grain crop and increase cotton and beets Bishkek, May 24 / Kabar /. This year, due to weather conditions, spring-field work is delayed to 20-25 days, Minister of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration Nurbek Murashev told on Tuesday.

He said that changing the weather affects the farmer's work and crops. “We have had a lot of precipitation this year and therefore we offered such seeds that are resistant to weather conditions," he said.

Also the Minister informed that this year the grain crop was cut.

"Because, we are changing the direction of the country's agriculture and switching to the sowing of technical cultures. For example, we increased the sowing of cotton and sugar beet," he said.

Murashev also added that active work is being done to combat pests, in particular locusts.

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:23:51 +0600
AsiaPlus: Tajikistan refuses to attend OSCE-wide counter-terrorism conference in Vienna Representatives of Tajikistan’s Prosecutor-General’s Office, Interior Ministry, State Committee for National Security (SCNS) and some public associations have reportedly refused to attend the annual OSCE-wide counter-terrorism conference formally titled “Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism” that is going on in Vienna, Austria without an explanation of the reasons.

Asia-Plus has failed to get any clarification from these agencies about the reason for refusal to attend the conference.

According to OSCE’s website, more than 500 experts from across the OSCE region have gathered for the two-day conference that kicked off in Vienna on May 23.

Organized by Austria's 2017 OSCE Chairmanship, the conference is reportedly discussing national experiences and international co-operation in countering terrorism, good practices from the OSCE region on rehabilitation and reintegration strategies, as well as prevention of radicalization to terrorism.

The conference participants are noting that violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism (VERLT) is a threat faced by both OSCE participating States and their Partners for Cooperation and is high on the OSCE agenda.

The conference is also addressing youth empowerment in preventing and countering VERLT, which is one of the priorities of the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship. It will provide a platform for youth representatives to present in front of the policy makers their recommendations, which were drafted throughout the past year during the OSCE Chairmanship's in Office workshops on youth and the prevention of violent extremism organized in Western Europe, the Black Sea region, the Western Balkans and Central Asia.

All political parties officially functioning in Tajikistan, except the Social-Democratic Party (SDP), last year accused the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe of double standards.

In a joint statement released on October 10, the People’s Democratic Party, the Communist Party, the Socialist Party, the Democratic Party, the Agrarian Party and the Party of Economic Reforms condemn an incident that took place during the OSCE conference in Warsaw on September 19.

Leaders of the mentioned parties, in particular, consider that tribunes of such important events should not be given to supporters of extremist and terrorist organizations, noting that Group 24 and the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan have been designated in Tajikistan as terrorist organizations.

Tajikistan’s political parties called on the OSCE to expand cooperation with the country’s civil society.

Recall, some 20 Tajik opposition and rights activists residing in Europe on September 19 entered the OSCE conference in Warsaw when the human rights situation in Tajikistan was being discussed. They held a silent protest. The protesters wore T-shirts with portraits of Tajik opposition politicians and lawyers who were jailed in the country in recent months. Human rights groups have called the cases politically motivated.

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Wed, 24 May 2017 09:12:24 +0600
Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89 Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced.

He played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die and A View to a Kill.

Sir Roger's family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died after "a short but brave battle with cancer".

The statement, from his children, read: "Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people."

"With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated," they said in a Twitter post.

The actor took the character of James Bond in a more humorous direction than his predecessor Sean Connery.

The veteran star, who died in Switzerland, will have a private funeral in Monaco in accordance with his wishes, his children said.Sir Roger's Bond was calm and suave - a smooth operator who could seemingly get himself out of a tricky situation with ease.

"The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone," read the statement from Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.

"Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina [Tholstrup, his wife] at this difficult time."

The statement added: "We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF which he considered to be his greatest achievement.

Along with his famous Bond role, Moore was also known for TV series The Persuaders and The Saint.

Sir Roger was also well known for his humanitarian work - he was introduced to Unicef by the late Audrey Hepburn and was appointed as a goodwill ambassador in 1991.


Tue, 23 May 2017 23:01:24 +0600
Atambayev extends condolences to British Prime Minister over terrorist act in Manchester Bishkek, May 23 / Kabar /. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev expressed his condolences to Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Theresa May in connection with the numerous victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester, the Kyrgyz President’s press service reported.

"With sincere empathy, I took the tragic news of the terrorist act in Manchester, which entailed great human casualties.

The Kyrgyz Republic strongly condemns any forms of extremism and terrorism that threaten international security and the peace of the citizens," the condolence message says.

President Almazbek Atambayev, on behalf of the people of Kyrgyzstan and on his own behalf, conveyed deep condolences and words of sympathy to the families and friends of the deceased, the entire British people, and wishes for the speedy recovery of all the victims.

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:53:46 +0600
Kyrgyz Speaker meets with Turkish Prime Minister Bishkek, May 23 / Kabar /. Speaker of the Kyrgyz Parliament Chynybai Tursunbekov during his working visit to Turkey, at the invitation of the President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Ismail Kahraman met with Prime Minister Binaly Yildirim, the press service of the Jogorku Kenesh reported.

During a meeting the sides discussed ways to further expand and deepen bilateral cooperation in all areas.

Tursunbekov expressed hope that the current visit of the parliamentary delegation will give a great impetus to the development of mutually beneficial relations between two fraternal countries.

"Kyrgyzstan is interested in an active political dialogue with the Republic of Turkey," Speaker said. In particular, noting the great role of the parliaments of the two countries, he stressed that the deputies should bring peoples closer and promote political interaction.

"Turkey is one of the main trade and investment partners of Kyrgyzstan," he said calling to be activated in this direction and hold the next 9th meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation.

"Strengthening economic ties between the two countries is also possible through the implementation of major joint projects," the Kyrgyz Speaker added.

Expressing satisfaction with the cooperation within the framework of the TurkPA, Tursunbekov informed of the readiness of the Kyrgyz side to hold the next plenary meeting of the TurkPA in Kyrgyzstan, scheduled for July 2017.

In turn, Binali Yildirim emphasized the importance of the working visit of the parliamentary delegation of Kyrgyzstan. "We are always interested in developing relations with Kyrgyzstan, whose independence Turkey recognized as one of the first and opened a diplomatic mission," he said.

"After the well-known events in Turkey on July 15, 2016, you are the first of the top leadership of Kyrgyzstan, who immediately visited our country. I want to express my gratitude to you, and I am confident that this visit will open a new page in our cooperation," Binali Yildirim said.

Also, the Turkish Prime Minister wished successful holding of presidential elections scheduled for the autumn of this year.

In addition, the Prime Minister of Turkey dwelled on the current state of interaction between the two countries in the field of education. He said that the situation around the former international educational institution "Sebat" had its definite influence on bilateral relations. Attaching great importance to this issue, the head of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkey proposed cooperation in a new format, using the potential of the state educational foundation "Maarif" if necessary.

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:34:06 +0600
Kyrgyz judokas will participate in Asian Championship in Hong Kong Bishkek, May 23 / Kabar /. Judokas of Kyrgyzstan will take part in the Asian Championship in Hong Kong, the Federation of Judo of Kyrgyzstan reported.

The Asian Men's and Women's Judo Championship will be held from 24 to 29 May 2017 in Hong Kong (China).

Kyrgyzstan will be represented by 10 athletes: Otar Bestayev (weight category up to 60 kg), Bektur Rysmambetov (up to 66 kg), Ruslan uulu Janibek (73 kg), Vladimir Zoloyev (up to 81 kg), Shahriir Idrisov (up to 90 kg), Yuri Krakovetsky Over 100 kg), Ksenia Beldyagina (57 kg), Asel Musabekova (up to 57 kg), Meerim Momunova (up to 63 kg), Aizhan Kadyrbekova (up to 63 kg).

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:25:08 +0600
World Nomad Games was of great interest at festival of cultures in Germany Bishkek, May 23 / Kabar /. The World Nomad Games, which is held in Kyrgyzstan every two years, aroused a lively interest of the guests at the international festival of cultures of the world.

The exhibition was held on May 21 in the Munsterplatz square of the German city of Bonn.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that, the stand of Kyrgyzstan was executed in the form of a national yurt and decorated with displays of folk art. Guests and participants of the festival were told about the traditions and way of life of the Kyrgyz people and presented tourist projects in the republic.

The event was attended by representatives of more than 60 societies and unions, national cultural centers of Germany, diplomatic missions of foreign countries accredited in Germany.

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:16:59 +0600
Kyrgyzstan, Japan’s Hiroshima enhance cooperation Bishkek, May 23 / Kabar /. Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Japan Chyngyz Aidarbekov met with Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture Hidehiko Yuzaki and State Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan Ken Saito.

During the meeting, the sides discussed the current directions of cooperation between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Hiroshima prefecture. Ambassador Aidarbekov said that Kyrgyzstan is interested in increasing interaction with Hiroshima on a wide range of issues. One of the important areas of joint work could be cooperation in the field of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, given the well-known rich experience of the prefecture in this field and the zone created in Central Asia, free of nuclear weapons. He also noted that the Kyrgyz side is interested in developing relations in the spheres of trade, investment, business, culture and education. Aidarbekov, noting the particular relevance of cooperation in the field of sports, proposed to carry out preparatory training for Kyrgyz athletes, in particular in the prefecture, on the eve of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

Governor of Hiroshima ​​Yuzaki said that nuclear technology, especially in the field of medicine, is developed in the prefecture. He expressed the opinion that upgrading the skills of Kyrgyz specialists in this field could become a promising direction of cooperation. The Governor also said that Kyrgyz specialists could raise knowledge of nuclear medicine in Hiroshima through the IAEA programs. In addition, the authorities of Hiroshima plan to double the number of foreign students studying in their universities. In this regard, he hoped that these plans will increase the number of Kyrgyz students in the prefecture.

At the end of the meeting, Governor Yuzaki invited Ambassador Aidarbekov to visit Hiroshima, during which the parties can more specifically discuss specific areas of interaction and hold meetings with local authorities, businessmen, academia and sports institutions.

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:38:28 +0600
Bishkek will discuss interaction of youth among EEU countries Bishkek, May 23 / Kabar /. A round table entitled "Interaction of youth among the countries of the EEU" will be held at Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University on May 25, at the initiative of the Eurasian Youth Assembly and within the framework of the Youth Diplomacy project, the press service of the university reported.

The main goal of the event is to establish links between youth organizations involved in international cooperation in the Kyrgyz Republic, to identify the level of interest and awareness of youth about the development of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

We are talking about the creation of a single scientific and educational and information-analytical space that contributes to the development of international youth policy.
Similar round tables will be held in Minsk, Astana and Yerevan.

As a result of the round tables, collections of articles will be published, which to be presented next year at the session of the CIS Youth Interparliamentary Assembly in St. Petersburg.

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00:11 +0600
Two Kyrgyz films win prizes at international festival in Sevastopol Bishkek, May 23 / Kabar /. Two documentary films from Kyrgyzstan received prizes at international festival "Won Together", reports.

The XIII International Festival of Documentary Films "Won Together" was held in Sevastopol from May 14 to 19.

The prize for the best debut was the film "Lessons of Aitmatov" (director Rysbai Sadykov).

The film "Thanks, Doctor!" (Directed by Adilet Karzoev) won the Special Press Prize "for the humanistic mission in documentary films".

Adilet Karzhoyev's film "Thanks, Doctor" (Kyrgyzstan, France, Poland, 2016, 26 min.) was included in the competition of documentaries "Reflection". The hero of the film is the famous Kyrgyz surgeon Ernst Akramov.

In total, 14 films from different countries - Russia, Poland, Belgium, Germany, France, etc. were selected for this competition.

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:45:51 +0600
Bishkek to host ice cream festival Bishkek, May 23 / Kabar /. An ice cream festival will be held in Bishkek’s Flamingo Park on July 2.

The organizers of the event said that, this festival will be held for the third time, usually earlier it was held in early June.

"This year we postponed because of Ramazan month. This event is timed to the world day of ice cream," the organizers said.

They also promise that the festival will be full of fun cultural program with the participation of circus performers, dance groups, children's shows, and stars of the Kyrgyz stage.

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:58:50 +0600
Twin sisters celebrate turning 100 with flower-filled photo shoot These twins celebrated their 100th birthday the way they spent their entire lives: hand in hand.

Local photographer Camila Lima captured centenarians Maria Pignaton Pontin and Paulina Pignaton Pandolfi of Ibiraçu, Brazil, wearing fluffy skirts and surrounded by flowers.

“They were very excited,” Lima told “They did everything I asked and did not complain about tiredness.”

Both women are great-grandparents. Pontin has five children, 12 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Pandolfi has six children, 19 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Lima said that Pandolfi has survived bowel cancer and two heart attacks, each time being supported by her sister, who's enjoyed overall good health.

Lima joked that the pair tends to stand up for each other in times of trouble, but when life's going a little smoother, “they do not agree on anything.”

She said when she heard about the women, she knew she had to invite them for a photo shoot.

Lima said she loves photographing the elderly, especially elderly couples, and hopes their happiness will inspire younger generations.

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Tue, 23 May 2017 09:39:44 +0600
Collapse of part of Mount Everest confirmed A British mountaineer has confirmed that a famous rocky outcrop near the peak of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the climb more dangerous.

The Hillary Step, named after Sir Edmund Hillary who, along with the sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was the first person to climb the mountain in 1953, may have been destroyed during the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

The 12 metre-high rocky outcrop was a near-vertical climb on the south-east ridge of the mountain. There had been rumours from climbers on earlier expeditions that the step had been destroyed, but snowy conditions made it difficult to confirm.

“It was reported last year, and indeed I climbed it last year, but we weren’t sure for certain that the step had gone because the area was blasted with snow. This year, however, I can report that the chunk of rock named the Hillary Step is definitely not there any more,” British mountaineer Tim Mosedale said.

Reports of the step’s destruction began circulating last year after photographs were published by the American Himalayan Foundation. But snow cover in the pictures made it difficult to say whether the section had definitely collapsed.

Mosedale, who reached Everest’s summit for the sixth time on 16 May, posted a photograph of what remains of the Hillary Step when he returned to base camp. It shows the topography has changed significantly compared with photographs taken a few years ago.


Mosedale told the Guardian that he felt quite emotional when he saw the collapsed step.

“It’s a piece of mountaineering history that has disappeared. Even non-mountaineers know the name and the association of the infamous Hillary Step,” he said.

He said the difference between the state of the step as he saw it on this trip and his previous five expeditions was “huge” and meant he had serious concerns for how people would safely climb the section in the future.

Located at 8,790 metres, the Hillary Step is a steep and narrow section considered by climbers to be the last obstacle before the summit, which is at 8,848 metres.

Its destruction may make the ascent easier – as it will no longer involve a vertical rock climb – or more dangerous because there may be limited paths up the section, meaning climbers will have to wait for long periods in cold temperatures and at a high altitude while others attempt it.

“It’s easier going up the snow slope and indeed for inexperienced climbers and mountaineers there’s less ‘climbing’ to be done, making it much easier for them,” Mosedale told the website Planet Mountain.

“However, it’s going to form a bottleneck. The Hillary Step often formed a bottleneck but some years ago they fixed an up and a down rope. In the current state it would be difficult to safely negotiate down where the step used to be on account of the huge unstable rocks that are perched on the route.”

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:23:06 +0600
Kyrgyzstan’s team won 17 medals at Islamic solidarity games in Baku Bishkek, May 22 / Kabar /. The team of Kyrgyzstan took the 10th place in the medal standings of the Games of Islamic solidarity in Baku (Azerbaijan), according to the information published on the official website of the Games.

Kyrgyzstan, with 17 medals - 4 gold, 5 silver and 8 bronze medals, took the second place after Uzbekistan, which has 62 medals: 15 gold, 17 silver and 30 bronze. Kazakhstan has 19 medals –2 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze. Turkmenistan has 12 medals - 2 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze medals. Tajikistan team did not participate in the Games.

The VI Islamic Games were held from 12 to 22 May with the participation of athletes from 54 countries.

Kyrgyzstan’s gold winners are Yuri Krakovetsky (100 kg) in judo, Kanybek Zholchubekov (59 kg) in Greco-Roman wrestling, Muslim Yevlayev (74 kg) in freestyle wrestling and Aisuluu Tynybekova (58 kg) in women's wrestling.

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:31:05 +0600
6 magnitude earthquake jolts Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, May 22 / Kabar /. 6 magnitude earthquake jolted south of Kyrgyzstan, the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

On May 22 at 15:23 the seismic station of Institute of Seismology of Kyrgyzstan registered 6 magnitude earthquake in the epicenter. The earthquake is located on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

In villages of Kyrgyzstan the earthquake was felt 4-4,5.

According to preliminary data, there is no victims and destructions.

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:20:36 +0600
Project HOPE renders humanitarian aid to medical facilities and NGO in Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, May 22 / Kabar /. On May 23, 2017 American charitable organization Project HOPE will make a donation valued at over $ 243,000 USD to medical facilities and NGO in Bishkek City, Chui and Issyk-Kul regions.

The humanitarian donation contains medicines, medical supplies and “Personal Energy Transportation” generously donated by leading pharmaceutical companies such as Merck, 3M, P.E.T., Covidien, Becton Dickinson and others.

Thanks to this humanitarian assistance over 35,000 patients will receive medical service for free with using medicines and medical supplies.

Also 36 people with disabilities will receive for free “Personal Energy Transportation”, which will improve their mobility, accelerate the process of rehabilitation and improve quality of life.

The humanitarian assistance will be delivered according to a distribution plan approved by the Ministry of Health based upon needs and requests from medical institutions and NGO.

Project HOPE has started to implement their activity in Kyrgyz Republic since March 2006. In the frame of Humanitarian Aid Program Project HOPE delivered for free to Kyrgyz Republic medicines and medical supplies on the sum over 81,099,630.63 USD from January 2011.

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:15:02 +0600
Kyrgyz sportsman T. Sulaimanbek uulu wins silver medal in Wushu at the Games of Islamic Solidarity in Baku Bishkek, May 22 / Kabar /. Athlete from Kyrgyzstan Turatbek Sulaimanbek uulu won a silver medal in Wushu at the Games of Islamic Solidarity, which are held in Baku (Azerbaijan).

The press service of the State Agency for Youth, Physical Culture and Sports of the Kyrgyz Republic, Sulaimanbek uulu performed in wushu competitions in the weight category up to 48 kg.

This medal became the 17th of the Kyrgyz national team on Islamiya-2017.

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:04:51 +0600
Chinese businessmen will get acquainted with investment opportunities of Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, May 22 / Kabar /. Consul General of the Kyrgyz Republic in Guangzhou Maksat Tentimishov met on May 19 with Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Guangzhou, China Mr. Yu Jianchun.

The press service of the General Consulate of the Kyrgyz Republic in Guangzhou reports that, at the meeting the sides discussed the issues of cooperation in trade, economic and investment spheres between the Kyrgyz Republic and the city of Guangzhou.

"Consul General Tentimishov spoke about the main sectors of the economy, the investment climate of the Kyrgyz Republic and the opportunities for selling the products produced in the country to the market of the Eurasian Economic Union states-members, to the European Union countries within the framework of GSP + status," the press service said.

Tentimishov, noting regular presentations on investment opportunities of the Kyrgyz Republic, expressed readiness to hold a similar event jointly with the Guangzhou Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and invited Mr. Yu Jianchun led by a delegation of businessmen to visit Kyrgyzstan to study opportunities for cooperation.

The Vice President accepted an invitation to visit Kyrgyzstan and expressed interest in holding a presentation on the investment opportunities of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:40:55 +0600
Pakistani businessmen can invest in opening of textile enterprise in Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, May 22 / Kabar /. The Pakistani textile company was offered to invest in Kyrgyzstan, the press service of the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry reported.

This proposal was voiced during the visit of Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to Pakistan Erik Beishembiev to Karachi. During the visit, the purpose of which is to attract foreign investors, the Kyrgyz Ambassador met with director of Aziz Sons, the Pakistani textile company Yasin Zairi.

During the conversation, Beishembiev said that the products of the textile industry under the brand "Made in Kyrgyzstan" are in demand in many countries, including in the Eurasian Economic Union member states and invited the head of Aziz Sons to invest in the creation of a textile enterprise in the territory of Kyrgyzstan.

In turn, showing interest in expanding the further production and development of a new market for the sale of textiles, Zairi expressed his intention to consider the possibility of investing in the creation of a textile enterprise and visit Kyrgyzstan in the near future.

Beishembiev assured the interlocutor that the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic will provide the necessary political and diplomatic assistance in the implementation of this initiative. The Kyrgyz Ambassador also made a familiarization tour to the company, where he became acquainted with the activities of the company in organizing the production of textile products.

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:20:41 +0600
Kyrgyz parliamentary delegation visit Turkey Bishkek, May 22 / Kabar /. The parliamentary delegation of Kyrgyzstan headed by Speaker of Jogorku Kenesh Chynybay Tursunbekov has arrived in Istanbul (Turkish Republic), the press service of the Kyrgyz parliament reports.

Within the framework of the visit, a number of meetings are planned with the leadership of the Turkish Republic.

The delegation included deputies of the Jogorku Kenesh Asylbek uulu Damirbek and Bakhadir Suleimanov. The visit of the parliamentary delegation will last until May 25, 2017.

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:11:34 +0600
Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates to visit Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, May 22 / Kabar /. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan will pay official visit to Kyrgyzstan as part of his tour of the countries of Central Asia, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

This is the first visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates to the Kyrgyz Republic. Member of the ruling family of the Abu Dhabi emirate Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the son of the founder of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Within the framework of the visit, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan will hold bilateral talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Erlan Abdyldaev and meet with leadership of Kyrgyzstan. Besides a business forum will be held with the participation of businessmen of the two countries, as well as signing of bilateral documents is expected.

It is expected that during the visit the sides will discuss topical issues of bilateral relations, international issues, cooperation between the two countries in the security sphere, as well as issues of cooperation within the framework of international organizations.

The UAE is one of the main trade and economic partners of Kyrgyzstan among the Arab countries and has great potential and opportunities to increase investment and bilateral trade.

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:04:44 +0600
President Atambayev meets with chairman of People’s Assembly of Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, May 22 / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev received chairman of the People’s Assembly of Kyrgyzstan Tokon Mamytov, the Kyrgyz President’s press service reported.

During the meeting, President Atambayev was informed about the activities of the People’s Assembly of Kyrgyzstan, the interaction of cultural centers of ethnic communities, as well as the measures taken to ensure the rights of representatives of all ethnic groups living in the country.

Tokon Mamytov also told the President about the implementation of the Concept of strengthening the unity of the people and inter-ethnic relations aimed at ensuring national unity by further improving interethnic relations, preserving the cultural heritage and ethnic diversity of the country.

Almazbek Atambayev noted that ensuring the effective operation of a modern interethnic relations management democratic system is a priority in the country's development. The President stressed the special role of the Assembly in preserving and further developing the traditionally constructive interethnic dialogue in the country and further consolidating the society.

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:18:41 +0600
Almazbek Atambayev releases his sixth song Bishkek, May 22 / Kabar /. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev released his new song devoted to his mother in Kyrgyz.

This song is about a great love for a mother.

This is the sixth song of the president. Two of them are in Kyrgyz.

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:40:08 +0600
Reuters: Chinese paper applauds anti-spy efforts after report CIA sources killed Reuters: An influential state-run newspaper applauded China's anti-espionage efforts on Monday after the New York Times said China had killed or imprisoned up to 20 CIA sources, hobbling U.S. spying operations in a massive intelligence breach.

The Chinese killed at least a dozen people providing information to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency between 2010 and 2012, dismantling a network that was years in the making, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

China's Global Times, published by the official People's Daily, said in an editorial in its Chinese and English-language editions that, if true, it was a victory for China.

"If this article is telling the truth, we would like to applaud China's anti-espionage activities. Not only was the CIA's spy network dismantled, but Washington had no idea what happened and which part of the spy network had gone wrong," the paper said.

"It can be taken as a sweeping victory. Perhaps it means even if the CIA makes efforts to rebuild its spy network in China, it could face the same result," it said.

However the widely read paper, which is known for its strongly nationalist stance, said one part of the report was false.

"As for one source being shot in a government courtyard, that is a purely fabricated story, most likely a piece of American-style imagination based on ideology," it said.

The Chinese government has yet to respond to the report.

The Ministry of State Security, which oversees anti-spying operations, has no publicly available telephone number and no website, unlike other Chinese ministries.

While the New York Times' website is blocked in China, like those of many mainstream Western news organizations, the story has been widely discussed and its contents picked up in other Chinese media, especially by online news portals.

The story has attracted thousands of comments on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, with many people expressing glee that the spy ring was broken.

"Strike hard against spy traitors, protect the country's security!" wrote one Weibo user.

"Well done! Good on you China," wrote another.

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:23:12 +0600
Earthquake registered on Kyrgyz-Uzbek border Bishkek, May 22 / Kabar /. An earthquake has been recorded on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

On May 21 at 23:03 the seismological station of Institute of Seismology of Kyrgyzstan registered 3 magnitude earthquake the epicenter.

The earthquake is located on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, 8 km southeast of the village of Dostuk, 16 km southeast of the Ala Buka district center, 45 km west of the town of Tash-Kumyr.

No victims and destructions reported.

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:01:20 +0600
Night of Museums held in Bishkek Bishkek, May 22 / Kabar /. A large-scale sociocultural action Night of Museums is held in Bishkek on May 20.

For the first time in Kyrgyzstan, 12 art-sites opened their doors in one night for guests and residents of the capital. The organizer of the event was a professional creative group - OYOUM group together with the Bishkek city administration and the Fine and Art Museum.

Each site presented its unique program. The citizens were presented with an interesting program on the "trail" according to the map of the event, which included the trends of the city and the republic. These are exhibitions from the collections of museums and contemporary artists, streetart - DOXA, art classes from Honored artists, more than 60 kinds of master classes for children and adults, literary reading, and interactive museum tours, music sections and performances.

Each participant could participate at various creative master classes, quests, visit theatrical productions and become their actors. The whole block of the program was dedicated to the history and culture of Kyrgyzstan.

More than 1 thousand employees of museums, theaters, libraries, art studios, artists, sculptors, artisans, photographers, volunteers and the capital's municipality prepared for the Night of Museums.

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:47:29 +0600
Kyrgyzstani Tynybekova wins gold medal at Games of Islamic Solidarity in Baku Bishkek, May 22 / Kabar /. Aisuluu Tynybekova won the fourth gold medal in the framework of the Fourth Islamic Solidarity Games.

The press service of the State Agency for Youth, Physical Culture and Sports of the Kyrgyz Republic reported that, she performed on May 21 in free-style wrestling competitions in the weight category up to 58 kg. Tynybekova in the preliminary fight confidently defeated the opponent from Turkey, Deriyah Bayhan 10: 0, which guaranteed the final.

"In the final battle, Tynybekova met with Alain Kolesnik from Azerbaijan. In a stubborn struggle, our athlete wrested victory from the representative of Azerbaijan with a score of 5: 2," the press service said.

In total the Kyrgyz national team won 16 medals - 4 gold, 4 silver, 8 bronze medals.

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:37:12 +0600
Kazinform: Nazarbayev meets Trump in Riyadh ASTANA. KAZINFORM On the sidelines of the Arab Islamic American Summit held in Saudi Arabia, President Nursultan Nazabayev had negotiations with the leaders of several countries, the press service of Akorda reported.

In particular, the Head of State met with U.S. President Donald Trump. The sides discussed the main areas of cooperation in trade-economic, political and cultural-humanitarian sectors as well as the international agenda. Besides, President Nazarbayev discussed various issues of interstate cooperation with the Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh Al-Sanhani Al-Humairi, President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif.

In addition, the Head of State and Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Youssef Ahmed Al Othaimeen discussed some aspects of collaboration.

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:27:45 +0600
Kyrgyzstan's economic week, May 15-20 A delegation of Kyrgyzstan, which took part this week in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, signed two documents in economic sphere. The first one is the Program of Cooperation to Promote the Development of Small and Medium-sized Business between the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Ministry of Commerce of China. The second one is the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic and the State Committee for Development and Reform of China on strengthening industrial potential and investment cooperation. The agreements are quite significant for both countries. China has been one of the main trade and investment partners of Kyrgyzstan for many years, and ranked the first in the overall commodity turnover in 2016. In 2015, the foreign trade turnover between the two countries amounted to 1.5 billion US dollars and increased by 45.5%, exports amounted to - 80.1 million dollars (an increase - 2.2 times), imports - 1468.4 Million dollars ( increase - 42.7%).

China is striving to show its intentions to expand ties with the countries of Central Asia. Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region hosted last week a mini forum "The Silk Road Economic Belt", organized specifically for media representatives of the countries located along the Silk Road. The journalists invited from the countries of the region and CIS got acquainted with the modern culture, life and way of life of the local population. They were demonstrated the successes in the social and economic development of Western China, bordering with Central Asia. Taking into account the growing relevance of transport communications, the guests were shown the work of China Railway Construction Corporation. The company was founded in 2007 and is an enterprise specializing in research, design, manufacture and maintenance of underground equipment and track facilities.

Besides, President of Kyrgyzstan held a conversation in Beijing with representatives of XUAR on the construction of a railway line that would connect the three countries directly - China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The importance of this project is growing in connection with the new economic course of Uzbekistan.

One of the EU countries, historically close in relations with Kyrgyzstan, the Czech Republic expressed interest in localizing production in Kyrgyzstan. This became known during the meeting of Deputy Minister of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic Daniyar Imanaliev with Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Eduard Murzhicki. The meeting was held in the framework of the Kyrgyz-Czech Business Forum in Prague. There the sides discussed the current status of bilateral cooperation, the opportunities for their expansion and activation in such areas as trade, industry, agriculture, etc. Kyrgyzstan is interested in improving the skills of its businessmen, in sharing experience, and in getting to know the best practices of Czech companies for establishing further cooperation.

Kyrgyzstan expressed its readiness for cooperation with the Chinese company ZTE and Shenzhen Airlines. Consul General of Kyrgyzstan in Guangzhou Maksat Tentimishov in Shenzhen met with Jie Yongjun, deputy director of the International Marketing Department of ZTE and Li Jiaxiang, general finance director of Shenzhen Airlines. The purpose of the meeting with the marketing company ZTE was to discuss the issues of attracting capital and technologies of this company in economic and social projects in Kyrgyzstan. The Chinese were told about the feasibility of implementing an economically promising project - the creation of a modern technological park in the Kyrgyz Republic that will specialize in introducing the newest information, communication and innovative technologies in the republic.

In addition, Tentimishov held talks with general finance director of Shenzhen Airlines Li Jiaxiang, one of the key topics of which was the opening of a new flight Bishkek-Shenzhen / Guangzhou. At present, apart from the Bishkek-Urumqi flight, there are no flights to China from Bishkek, and the implementation of such an innovation will greatly facilitate the life of Kyrgyz entrepreneurs who are related with Guangzhou.

The sides discussed the acquisition by the Shenzhen Airlines of 49% shares of Kyrgyzstan Airlines, the state company and the creation of a joint venture on its basis. It is expected that in case of acquisition of shares of the Kyrgyz airline, the created joint venture will be able to obtain the fifth degree of freedom of flights. The Consul General said that entering the market of Kyrgyz air carriers will allow Shenzhen Airlines to expand the range of flights to other countries.

Investment opportunities of the country were presented this week in India by the Kyrgyz Embassy. A country presentation was made at the Women's Economic Forum in New Delhi. The main focus was on demonstrating the tourist and economic opportunities of Kyrgyzstan.

Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to India Samara Adamkulova emphasized at the meeting the task of the Embassy to promote the economic potential of the country. The Indian side was interested in the potential of cooperation in education, health, energy, tourism, the role of women in Kyrgyzstan in the socio-political, social and economic life of the country. The forum became a platform for the presentation of the current development of the economy and tourism in the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as for the exchange of experience on the development of women's entrepreneurship.

The World Trade Organization gave this week an opportunity for the Kyrgyz government officials to familiarize themselves with the use of their tariff database. This opportunity was presented in the framework of the National Workshop on Lists of Assignments and Obligations in the Trade in Goods, Tariffs and Changes in Tariff Assignments within the WTO. It was organized by the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic jointly with the WTO, with the technical assistance of the partners for the development of the German Society for International Cooperation and (GIZ) and the Trade Logistics Project in Central Asia (IFC WBG). The experts of the WTO Secretariat who arrived in Bishkek trained state officials to use the WTO database on tariffs.

At the end of the week, the news came that the UN allocated $ 221 million to Kyrgyzstan to implement the five-year program of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2018-2022. United Nations Resident Representative in Kyrgyzstan Alexander Avanesov said that the practice shows that if we do not triple, at least we double that amount. For example, in 2005-2010, we have been allocated 65 million dollars as a grant resources and the next time in this five-year period it was already 221 million dollars. And we will try to increase this figure."

Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Sorronbai Zheenbekov and the United Nations Permanent Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic Aleksander Avanesov signed the Framework for rendering assistance to Kyrgyzstan in the development by the UN Agencies for 2018-2022.

Kabar News Agency

May 19, 2017

Sun, 21 May 2017 19:33:40 +0600
Eurasianet: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Pledge Game-Changing Energy, Power Cooperation The love affair between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan shows every sign of intensifying, and in ways that could stand to benefit the region.

In perhaps the most arresting news, the state energy companies of the two countries over the weekend reached a loose and non-binding agreement to jointly develop Caspian Sea oil and gas deposits.

A memorandum of understanding to that effect was signed on May 20 on the sidelines of a working meeting in Turkmenistan’s Caspian resort of Awaza between Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The memorandum envisions extracting hydrocarbon resources under a production sharing agreement. With the terms of the same agreement, the state companies have pledged to cooperate in boosting hydrocarbon refining capacity in both countries.

Quite how either cash-strapped country plans to finance and operate what would likely be a costly and technically challenging undertaking is not revealed, but these are still early days.

Mirziyoyev even tentatively committed to involving Uzbekistan in the completion of the slow-progressing TAPI natural pipeline linking Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. No details were provided as to what that involvement would involve exactly.

Another potentially meaningful agreement involved electricity.

Uzbekistan’s state power company Uzbekenergo and Turkmenistan’s Energy Ministry signed a memorandum envisioning cooperation in the transit of electricity from Turkmenistan to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan through Uzbekistan’s power grid. Under the terms of the memorandum, Turkmenistan will deliver electricity to Uzbekistan in exchange for the cancellation of outstanding debts to Uzbekenergo.

Uzbekistan’s willingness to be cooperative on electricity is meaningful, as Turkmenistan has to date found itself stymied in its designs to export power to countries like Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, although the latter nation was not specifically mentioned in reports about the transit agreement. Both those countries suffer from seasonal power supply problems, so importing from Turkmenistan is a natural solution.

These were only part of a broader set of documents co-signed by Berdymukhamedov and Mirziyoyev. Another agreement, for example, will see the establishment of twin city status the capital cities of Tashkent and Ashgabat. There is also to be a program of cooperation between Turkmenistan’s Seidnazar Seydi State Pedagogical Institute and the Nizami State Pedagogical University in Tashkent.

Berdymukhamedov and Mirziyoyev certainly seem to have had a charming time of it in Awaza by the sound of the Turkmen state news agency’s account. After giving a joint statement on their talks, the pair hopped on bicycles and headed to the pier, “inspecting the attractions of Awaza on the way.”

Once at the pier, they jumped onto Berdymukhamedov’s Galkynysh yacht — named for the country’s mammoth gas field — and went for a spin along the Caspian coast.

“Examining the newly erected buildings along the Caspian coast … Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed his sincere admiration for the dynamic development of the Awaza National Tourism Zone,” the state news agency reported.

Once Mirziyoyev was able to overcome his amazement, Galkynysh docked and the presidents made their way back to shore.

There is a temptation after such visits to imagine that flowery language about cooperation being raised to a “qualitatively new level” is little more than rhetoric that invariably founders in the execution. But early evidence suggests the Uzbek-Turkmen thaw is already showing positive results.

In March, when Mirziyoyev went to Turkmenistan for his maiden foreign trip, he joined Berdymukhamedov for a ceremony to inaugurate the new Ukrainian-built Turkmenabat-Farab railway bridge across the Amu-Darya River. A bridge for cars was inaugurated during the same visit. As a result of these transit points, according to Mirziyoyev’s press service, the volume of goods traded across the border has increased two-and-a-half-fold.

Sun, 21 May 2017 17:26:54 +0600