No ISIS camps in Kazakhstan

Yesterday's report ("ISIS camps training children to kill") said that there is a camp based in Kazakhstan which is currently training children to fight for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

This information does not correspond with reality - there are no camps of ISIS on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan takes seriously its international obligations to combat terrorism and works closely with the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the United Nations Security Council.

Kazakhstan has suggested the adoption of a comprehensive UN approach on the fight against terrorism and the creation of the UN anti-terrorist coalition, as well as a number of practical measures, such as the adoption of universal rights for all states to search, pursue, arrest and extradite terrorists.

The report seriously damages Kazakhstan's international reputation and can lead to unintended consequences.

Yerlan Baudarbek-Kozhatayev

Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Singapore

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2015, with the headline 'No ISIS camps in Kazakhstan'. Print Edition | Subscribe