The Fourth Meeting of the CICA Ministers of Foreign Affairs was held in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan on 12 September 2012. The Ministerial Meeting was preceded a Commemorative Session of the dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of the CICA process. The commemorative session was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In his inaugural address, President Nazarbayev stressed the importance and effectiveness of the CICA, which now includes 24 countries with different cultures, civilizations and development models.
Fourth Ministerial Meeting was jointly chaired by H.E. Mr. A.Davutoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, as representative of the Turkish CICA Chairmanship and H.E. Mr. Yerzhan Kazykhanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as representative of the host country. The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs or their representatives from the Member States, Observer States and Guest States; as well as representatives of the Observer and Guest Organisations.
The Ministers exchanged views on regional and global issues and explored possibilities to further enhance cooperation, peace and security in Asia. The Ministers reaffirmed the importance of promoting CICA asamultilateral forum for close cooperation, continuous dialogue and interaction, comprehensive exchange of views, addressing new challenges and threats, facilitating prevention of conflicts, peaceful settlement of disputes as well as developing and implementing agreed Confidence Building Measures in the Asian continent. The Ministers also adopted a declaration covering wide range of issues global community, including recent political developments, and CICA’s role in addressing these issues.