Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ambassadors and Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev on Wednesday discussed preparations for parliamentary and presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan.
The presidential press service quoted Akayev as saying that "cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and the OSCE is aimed at strengthening democratic institutions and the defense of human rights in the republic."
"To attain these goals, Kyrgyzstan, jointly with the OSCE, is implementing projects to establish an OSCE academy and reorganize the law-enforcement agencies. The OSCE academy, performing its educational functions, must generate ideas on ways to combat terrorism and extremism and promote regional cooperation," Akayev said.
The goal of another project is "to dismantle the long-established system in the law-enforcement agencies and make the defense of human rights the main criteria of their work," the president said.
The OSCE ambassadors representing Belgium, Norway, Portugal, and Slovenia met with Akayev, the heads of the nation's parliament and the foreign ministry, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and the human rights commissioner.
Interfax, May 19, 2004