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24 May 2007
U.S. Congressmen Praise New Democratic Reforms in Kazakhstan

The President of Kazakhstan received letters from influential members of the United States Congress, who praised the adopted amendments to the Constitution of Kazakhstan.

In his message to President Nursultan Nazarbayev, U.S. Representative Charles Melancon (D-LA) wrote: “I would like to offer my congratulations on your recent democratic reform proposals. Your proposals show great moral integrity and a continuing resolve to further democratize the Republic of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is fortunate to have a leader who values the principles of democracy and puts the welfare of his nation first. Your democratic reforms have assured that future generations of Kazakhstanis will be well represented by their government. Increasing the power of the legislature will allow voters to hold the government accountable for its actions. Since gaining its independence, Kazakhstan's remarkable economic growth and strong economic policies have helped it become a regional leader. These newest reforms will only strengthen Kazakhstan's position as a regional leader, this time in the realm of democratic reformation. This will be a legacy not soon forgotten by your people. Your tireless efforts in the economic and political development of Kazakhstan have not gone unnoticed by American officials. I believe that, once instated, these reforms will further strengthen the growing relationship between America and Kazakhstan.”

Member of the U.S. Congress Darrell Issa (R-CA) emphasized in his letter to President Nursultan Nazarbayev: “On behalf of the United States Congress, I would like to applaud you for the program to further democratize the Republic of Kazakhstan. I am confident that by fully implementing your proposals the roots of democracy will begin to strengthen and solidify in your country. I am pleased that the Parliament approved the constitutional amendments that will lead to a stronger system of checks and balances for Kazakhstan. It is my hope that democracy will be allowed to grow in a manner that will benefit all of Kazakhstan's society.

Kazakhstan has experienced a phenomenal amount of growth, both economically and politically, over the last several years. During that time, the relationship between our two great nations has also grown and flourished. With the steps that you have taken, I am hopeful that this relationship will grow stronger and deeper with time.”

One of the most respectable American lawmakers, Congressman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) wrote in his letter to President Nursultan Nazarbayev: “With great enthusiasm I have just learned about the breakthrough political reforms proposed by you on May 16th, 2007. Undoubtedly, these initiatives would strengthen the glory of any nation. Your political courage and vision have made Kazakhstan a leader in nuclear nonproliferation and promotion of global security. Difficult and painful economic reforms were needed to secure your country's standing among the world's most dynamic economies. Your recent political proposals are most timely. You will secure stability and the future prosperity of your nation. You have proven yourself, yet again as a true leader, by opening this new chapter in the story of modern Kazakhstan. I have faith in the historical destiny of your country. Unfortunately, the ideals of democracy and freedom still remain a luxury in many parts of the world. I just hope they will follow your brave example and find the courage to bring political freedom to their peoples. I applaud Kazakhstan. Economically strong and truly democratically developing, Kazakhstan is a pledge for the future prosperity of your entire region. It is hard to be a reformer, but your noble deeds will live in the grateful memory of your people.”

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