Orbán cabinet supports Kazakh president who gives shoot-to-kill orders to quell protests
Photo: MTI/AP/Vladimir Tretyakov
Hungary’s government supports efforts to restore peace and order in Kazakhstan, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Tuesday, adding that stability in Central Asia was in Hungary’s interest.
The past several years have shown that the situation of the Central Asian region has a fundamental impact on the security of Europe and specifically central Europe, the foreign ministry cited Szijjártó as saying in a video call with the foreign ministers of the Organization of Turkic States, in which Hungary has observer status.
“Our interests lie in a peaceful and stable Central Asia,”
“Attempts at destabilisation and coups run completely counter to our security interests, since they end up making more room for acts of terror and the spread of radical and extremist ideologies, which tends to lead to the emergence of large migration waves from various regions.”
Szijjártó said the members of the Organization of Turkic States passed a joint declaration at their virtual meeting in which they condemned “violence and vandalism” in Kazakhstan, expressed their solidarity with the Kazakh people as well as their sympathies over the death toll in the wake of the upheaval in the country.
As regards the violent protests, Szijjártó said:
“We know very well from experience what tends to happen in these instances on the international political scene. We usually see so-called human rights groups and certain countries wanting to level criticism and approve declarations condemning the situation.”
“But there’s no place for those this time,” the minister said, adding that the international community should instead work to prevent a repeat of “similar worrying and violent developments”.
Those responsible for any form of violence must not be absolved and terrorist groups and organisations spreading extremist ideology must not be given space to operate, he added.
Meanwhile, Szijjártó said the recent developments in Kazakhstan had also demonstrated the importance of economic development schemes in the region, arguing that it was economic progress that provided the foundations of stability and peace. Hungary’s government therefore supports the creation of a Turkic investment fund, which could help launch further investment projects in Central Asia, he said.
Szijjártó also said that a military plane carrying Hungarian citizens evacuated from Kazakhstan landed in Kecskemét, in central Hungary, on Monday night.
As we wrote on Monday, referring to the events, Szijjártó said that in Kazakhstan “an attempt was made to topple the constitutional order, and a well-coordinated attack was made against the Kazakh state itself”.
Kazakhstan is a strategic partner, therefore
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev earlier on Monday and assured him of Hungary’s solidarity over victims of recent developments,
Mr. Orban and the Hungarian Government is right in not interfering in the internal affairs of Kazakhstan. Only the people of Kazakhstan have the right to determine their future. Once the election is over, it is utterly unacceptable, for the minority to create problems. Some protestors are paid to cause chaos. Serious politicians should work on coming up with a plan that is acceptable to the majority instead of illegally trying to grab power.
The protests started because of corruption. Kazakhstan is very rich in natural resources but most of the people are poor an only the corrupt leadership and ones that are connected to them enjoys all this wealth. Orban’s support of shoot to kill orders says a lot about Orban.
No doubt that Orban is very affectionate of Dictators….
Article 11 of the Human Rights Act, Freedom of Assembly and Association, enshrines into law the right to protest by holding meetings and demonstrations with other people. Of course, if violence or damage to property occurs it must he dealt with proportionately (not shoot to kill simply for being on the streets, as in Kazakhstan). Even a Canadian supporter of the extreme right such as yourself must recognise International Human Rights laws, surely?
Dictatorships always support each others so why shouldn’t Orbánistan support the dictator of Kazakhstan?
Shooting people is not the best thing to do, however, there are times when it is necessary. Shooting at rioters should always be a last resort. Having said that, it is only people of Kazakhstan have the right to chose their government.
Members and loser parties’ supporters should have done a better job selling their platforms and convincing people to vote for them. Once election is over, the result should be accepted. Those are the rules of a democracy “majority rule”.
I do not have first hand knowledge of what really was going on in Kazakhstan, neither Mario, or Anonymous. Mario and Anonymous are taking the word of leftwing reporters as sacrosanct, that is being naive. These two should ask “why are there relatively few rioters? or is anyone paying them?
Mario, as usual, is wrong. Conservative thinkers are usually right in the long run. Conservatism usually includes enforcing laws not dictatorships.
@Mario Hungary supports Kazakhstan as both countries are on the Turkic Council (although Hungary just has observer status). There is/was concern about violence in Kazakhstan spilling over, especially considering that Kazakhstan neighbors Afghanistan.
Therefore, it is in the best interest of everyone that there is stability in Kazakhstan as instability in the country would only led to further migration waves.
Of course, one can disagree with the Kazakhstan government and argue that it should be more transparent and become more democratic. At the end of the day, people want stability especially people from countries who have been suffering from the consequences of US & NATO’s intervention in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, and etc.
Your argument only works if there are fair and free elections which in the cases of Kazakhstan and Belarus, there were most certainly not. Despots cling on to power by any means possible and rigging elections or posting false results is their initial gambit.
@To marievontheresa reply 13.1.22 at 07.39
Your comment is correct. Marievontheresa sits over in Canada passing judgement through rose tinted spectacles. Takes the word of state controlled media as the truth, now that’s naive.
I am sure Anonymous is not and was not protesting in Kazakhstan. The leftist media lied regarding Russia gate in the US. The leftist media lied about Kyle Rittenhouse. The leftwing media lied about Nicholas Sandman. The leftwing media lied about Hungary’s child protection act. The left wing media lied and keeps lying about Hungary’s immigration law. Why would you trust leftwing media?
Decisions should always be based on facts. Other than a left wing media statement that elections were not fair in Kazakhstan, no other details of cheating or other irregularities were given. I wonder if you believe if the leftist media would print that the color of the ocean was changed to pink.
I do know about Kazakhstan and its troubles, thank you. You’ve prejudged again as you so often do. You believe everything you read from state controlled media and the propaganda that’s produced by them. Sad. How utterly brainwashed you must be. Perhaps you should just stick to Canadian issues. You have an advantage over me on that subject, as I wouldn’t presume to judge the politics of a country I have no knowledge on.
Anonymous, please give proven examples, of election fraud? Was there ballot box stuffing? Did dead people turn out in large numbers to vote? Were ballots of opposition support areas not counted? What were the numbers of irregular ballots? Wat were the irregularities?
So far, Anonymous, you only cited let wing media headlines. The Hungarian government probably has better and more up-to-date information than the one leftist media prints out of spite.