December 20, 2001 - Issue: Vol. 147, No. 178 — Daily Edition107th Congress (2001 - 2002) - 1st Session
SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS; Congressional Record Vol. 147, No. 178
(Senate - December 20, 2001)
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[Page S13981] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS ______ SENATE RESOLUTION 194--CONGRATULATING THE PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT OF KAZAKHSTAN ON THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN Mr. BROWNBACK submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to: S. Res. 194 Whereas, on December 16, 2001, Kazakhstan will celebrate 10 years of independence; Whereas, since gaining its independence, Kazakhstan has made significant strides in becoming a stable and peaceful nation that provides economic opportunity for its people; Whereas Kazakhstan continues to face political, ethnic, economic, and environmental challenges; Whereas Kazakhstan plays an important role in Central Asia by virtue of its large territory, ample natural resources, and strategic location; Whereas the Department of Energy estimates that Kazakhstan has up to 17,600,000,000 barrels of proven petroleum reserves and up to 83,000,000,000,000 cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves; Whereas Kazakhstan has successfully partnered with United States companies in the development of its petroleum and natural gas resources; Whereas in November 2001, the Caspian Pipeline Consortium was inaugurated, providing the first major pipeline to bring the Caspian energy resources to the world market; Whereas the United States private sector contributed nearly 50 percent of the $2,600,000,000 Caspian Pipeline Consortium investment; Whereas Kazakhstan, under the leadership of President Nursultan Nazarbaev, has fully cooperated with the United States on national security concerns, including combating nuclear proliferation, international crime, and narcotics trafficking; Whereas, since September 11, 2001, cooperation with Kazakhstan and other Central Asian States, specifically Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, has become even more important to the ability of the United States to protect the United States homeland; and Whereas Kazakhstan has extended all due cooperation to the United States in fighting a war against international terrorism: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) congratulates the people of Kazakhstan and its government, on the tenth anniversary of its independence; (2) welcomes the partnership between the Government of Kazakhstan and United States companies in developing its natural resources in an environmentally sustainable manner; (3) applauds the cooperation between the Government of Kazakhstan and the Government of the United States on matters of national security and is grateful for the full cooperation of Kazakhstan in the war against international terrorism; (4) encourages the Government of Kazakhstan to continue to make progress in the areas of institutionalizing democracy, respecting human rights, reducing corruption, and implementing broad-based market reforms; and (5) looks forward to further enhancing the economic, political, and national security cooperation between Kazakhstan and the United States. ____________________