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On the elections to the Mejlis (parliament) of Turkmenistan

ANNOUNCEMENT – On the elections to the Mejlis (Parliament) of Turkmenistan

Dear citizens of Turkmenistan,

On 15 December 2013 in Turkmenistan will be held Parliamentary elections. In this connection, we kindly ask all citizens of Turkmenistan, living on temporary or permanent basis in Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary to take part in the voting.

On the day of voting, 15 December 2013, a polling station will be opened from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Vienna.

Citizens willing to avail themselves of the opportunity of early voting can do that any working day.

Citizens of Turkmenistan are kindly requested to bring their ID card or passport for purposes of identification.

More detailed information on the candidates can be found below.

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Turkmenistan elected to the ECOSOC

The UN General Assembly elected Turkmenistan to the members of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2013-2015.

The initiative of the nomination of the candidacy of Turkmenistan to the members of the ECOSOC was announced by the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at the 66th session of the UN General Assembly.

Nominating its candidacy for membership in the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations for the period 2013-2015, Turkmenistan initially pursued two important goals. First – to provide support to the UN in promoting international cooperation, close integration of states and regions in the processes of sustainable development, raising welfare of nations. Membership in ECOSOC is considered also from the point of effective use by the international community of existing infrastructural opportunities of Turkmenistan in enhancing the activities of various UN agencies directly in the regions of Central Asia and the Caspian basin. The second goal is, based on the practical results of implemented projects of the UN in Turkmenistan, to present achievements and experiences of our country for study and application.

Thus, the election of independent neutral Turkmenistan to the ECOSOC, on the one hand, provides good opportunities for the initiation and implementation of new ideas, and on the other hand – imposes on our state more responsibility in development and adopting decisions of the Council.


Press Release on the occasion of 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and Austria

October 16, 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and Austria. This significant date represents an important step that countries have made to the establishment and development of relations of friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation.

The community of peace-loving foreign policy principles and priorities of Turkmenistan and Austria, as well as similarity or proximity of positions of the two countries with respect to solving urgent problems of the present serve as an important factor in further development of the Turkmen-Austrian relations. As it is well-known, the basic factor in Turkmenistan's foreign policy is its status of permanent neutrality, confirmed by the special UN Resolution. In the implementation of its foreign policy the Republic of Austria is also based on the principles of neutrality.

Important impetus to the development of bilateral relations gave the visits of the President of Turkmenistan to the Republic of Austria in autumn of 2008 and the President of the Republic of Austria to Turkmenistan in autumn of 2011.

The mechanism of political consultations between the foreign ministries of the two countries also maintain a high level of political contacts between the two countries.
Along with the ongoing development of the political dialogue the relations between Turkmenistan and Austria are also characterized by the intensity of trade and economic contacts. Good prospects for cooperation are in the energy sector, transport and communications, construction, textile, agriculture, a number of other fields. An important role in this connection is given to the activities of the Turkmen-Austrian Joint Commission, which held its fourth meeting in autumn 2011 in Vienna.

Equally important role play joint business forums held on a regular basis with the participation of government and business circles of the two countries. Trade fairs and business meetings, negotiations and consultations carried out in the framework of such trade fairs serve for further promoting the Turkmen-Austrian cooperation. Thus, exhibition of textiles, carpets and jewelry of Turkmenistan, organized and successfully held in November 2010 in Vienna, demonstrate ever-growing interest of Austrian partners in increasing the volume of purchases of high quality Turkmen goods.

Austrian companies have shown great interest in the growing market of Turkmenistan, offering advanced technology. They regularly participate in numerous exhibitions in Ashgabat and business forums. Stability, favorable investment conditions, high growth of the economy of Turkmenistan are the important factors affecting the interest of foreign companies in the market.

Turkmenistan and Austria give special attention to humanitarian cooperation as an integral part of relations between the states. Here, cooperation in the field of education and science, health, and tourism is very promising. And, of course, great importance is given to the expansion of the traditional bilateral cultural relations, recently enriched with new experiences and content. Among the most important events are the Days of Culture of Vienna in Ashgabat in 2010 and the Days of Culture of Turkmenistan in Vienna in 2012. In addition, in September 2011 Ashgabat hosted the First Vienna Ball.

The strategy of development of Turkmenistan focuses on the policy of "open doors" and mutually beneficial cooperation with all states. This meets the interests of our countries and is a good basis for the development of mutually beneficial cooperation mechanisms, search for mutually beneficial ways of implementing joint projects.

Turkmenistan-Switzerland: on the threshold of the new stage of cooperation

The President of Turkmenistan H.E. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov paid an official visit to the Swiss Confederation on 8-9 October, 2012.

The top level talks between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Swiss Confederation Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf took place in Berne on October 8.

This is the first official visit of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the friendly country. As is known, the Turkmen leader arrived in Zürich on October 7 leading the Government delegation of Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan and Switzerland build their foreign policy given the invariable adherence to the principles of permanent neutrality. Moreover, the both countries adapt their neutrality to the new international conditions actively supporting the political dialogue that doesn’t accept any violent actions and aggression.
Turkmenistan has vividly proved it opening the Headquarters of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, a largest peace-making structure aimed at preventing crisis situations through the modern diplomacy, in Ashgabat.

The frequent visits of the delegations of financial and business circles of Switzerland, including the leaders of the world industry in the sphere of pharmaceutics – Roche Company, in the sphere of road construction – Amman AG and others, to Ashgabat vividly prove the increasing interest of Swiss businessmen in the economic projects of Turkmenistan. Among the priority spheres of cooperation between the two countries are the fuel and energy sector, trading and economic sphere, construction, transport and communications.

The programme of the official visit to the Swiss Confederation included the visit to Geneva, where the Turkmen leader held a number of important bilateral meetings with the heads of the UN specialized agencies.
In this context President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with Director-General of United Nations Office at Geneva Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The members of the Governmental delegation of Turkmenistan and the heads of the UN structural agencies attended the meeting.

The meeting agenda focused on the prospects of mutually beneficial cooperation in the fuel and energy sphere given the huge resource potential of Turkmenistan.

Then the President of Turkmenistan accompanied by Mr. K. Tokayev headed to the Palace of Nations, where the meetings with the heads of international organisations, including Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Mr. Sven Alkalaj, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization Mr. Michel Jarraud, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General of the International Telecommunication Union Mr. Hamadoun Touré, took place.

In conclusion of the meetings in the Palace of Nations, the Turkmen President’s cortege headed to the residence of the Director-General of United Nations Office at Geneva, where an official dinner was given on behalf of Mr. K. Tokayev in honour of the distinguished guest.

Embassy of Turkmenistan to the Republic of Austria

Turkmenistan and EU: on the way of long-term partnership

Within the framework of visit of the delegation at the head of deputy chief of the subdivision of the general directorate of DEVCO Mr. Mario Rankoni, it was held a meeting at a series of ministries of Turkmenistan, including at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finances, Ministry of Education and Parliament of Turkmenistan.

In the course of the meeting in foreign-policy department of the country, having highly appreciated the peacemaking orientation of the foreign policy of the Turkmen state, which established a reputation as initiative partner on the world political space, the delegation members of DEVCO (Development and Cooperation) expressed the striving for further development of cooperation with Turkmenistan.

Productive discussion on vital issues, which are of mutual interest, was also held within the framework of meetings at the Ministry of Finances, Ministry of Education and Parliament of Turkmenistan.

The program of stay of the delegation in the Turkmen capital also includes the meetings at the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Economy and Development, Ministry of Nature Protection, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Water Economy as well as Turkmen National Institute of Democracy and Human rights at the President of Turkmenistan and Institute of Strategic Planning and Economic Development of Turkmenistan.

State News Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH)

Turkmenistan celebrates 20th anniversary of membership in the UN

From the first days of independence Turkmenistan has perceived the ideals of the United Nations as fully corresponding to our aspirations in terms of relations with international community. The basic principles of the United Nations - maintenance of peace, equality of rights, respect for the sovereignty of other states, their right to choose their own path of development - formed the basis for Turkmenistan's foreign policy, and cooperation with the United Nations has become a priority area thereof.

Having become a full member of the UN on March 2, 1992, the Government of Turkmenistan is successfully developing cooperation with this largest international organization and its leading structures. In 20 years of intense cooperation with United Nations, Turkmenistan has been able to find its own place in international arena, has gained invaluable experience in interacting with the world community, in developing harmonious, equal, and respectful relations with other nations.

On December 12, 1995, the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution «Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan», giving the Turkmen state the unique international legal status - the first in the world practice. It will be no overstatement to say that the resolution on neutrality has become the foundation of our foreign policy and has been a major determinant of the criteria of our national policy.

Cooperation with United Nations will continue to drive Turkmenistan's foreign policy. This cooperation enriches bilateral and multi1ateral ties and makes them more meaningful. This is most apparent in regional matters, where it is the participation of United Nations and its specialized agencies that promotes convergence of approaches of states to issues, creation of favorable political, diplomatic and legal environment for their resolution by joint efforts.

In this context in December 2007, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia was opened in Ashgabat. Inauguration of the Centre will mark an entirely new phase in Turkmenistan's and its neighbors efforts to ensure peace, security, and stability in the region. Turkmenistan is fully prepared to engage in a constructive and fruitful cooperation with the Centre. The decision to set up Centre in Ashgabat - the capital of neutral Turkmenistan, means an expression of trust for our country on behalf of the United Nations. Turkmenistan does everything necessary to make the Center's work effective and fruitful.

Turkmenistan's neutral status, its foreign policy doctrine of non- affiliation with any blocks, non-acceptance of force as a means of resolving international disputes determine our stand with regard to the issues of peace and security. Turkmenistan fully supports the international efforts to combat proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems, and related technologies. Accordingly, Turkmenistan has been and will be taking consistent practical steps to ensure implementation of the international legal framework of non- proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

In this context, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov delivered speech with numerous International initiatives on the high rostrum in 65th session of United Nations General Assembly. Those Initiatives are major issues such as creating comprehensive guarantees for secure and reliable transit of energy carriers, formulating overall concept of security, ameliorating the situation in Afghanistan, establishing infrastructure of transcontinental transportation system in Central Asia and Caspian regions, reestablishing splendid natural resources of Aral Sea and Caspian Sea. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov put forward an initiative related adopting Resolution calling for creation under the UN auspices of an expert group that would develop an international mechanism of stable energy supply in the world and establishing United Nations Energy Council. Proposal for building an ever- present special body for holding political negotiations with regard to disarmament issues is one more initiative of the President. Those proposals carry significance in terms of maintaining global security system, preventing and eliminating possible disputes, and for steady development of nations. As an energy resources rich country, Turkmenistan strives for diversification of hydrocarbon routes, and distributing them to the foreign markets providing multi-optional pipeline infrastructure with its best efforts. These endeavors would assist in preparing international legal document with regard to foresaid issues: equal, uninterrupted and secure access to energy resources as well as promoting mutual trust and friendship among nations.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Turkmenistan's membership in the United Nations a series of activities will be held in the country. The activities will include the international conference and thematic exhibition dedicated to the remarkable event.

Embassy of Turkmenistan to the Republic of Austria

Press releas of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan

Today in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan the Turkmen-Georgian negotiations took place in a bilateral format of interministerial consultations in which from the Georgian Side the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Grigol Vashadze who arrived to Ashkhabad with the first official visit as the head of representative delegation of the country took part.
The given negotiations became a logic continuation of the audience of the head of the Georgian foreign policy department taken place before by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in which future perspective directions of the Turkmen-Georgian relations have been discussed.
At a meeting in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan both Sides underlined the high level of the Turkmen-Georgian relations characterized by positive dynamics and presence of high potential for its effective development.
It was underlined that the main directing vector of this process is the firm political will of national leaders of Turkmenistan and Georgia – Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedova and Michael Saakashvili. Thanks to their innovative initiatives, and also regular meetings and contacts, the historically developed friendly relations of two people have found qualitatively new and concrete filling.
During the negotiations which were held exclusively in open and confident atmosphere, issues of further intensification of cooperation, prospect of expansion of mutually advantageous economic and humanitarian relations have been discussed, and also the basic aspects of establishing of new advisory mechanisms, the definition of new formats of interstate partnership, taking into account, first of all, national interests of each of the Sides mentioned.
Additional topic became the relations between the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs with the purpose of development of a joint long-term program of cooperation; creation of the effective mechanism of realization of reached arrangements on higher and highest level.
In this context both Sides stated the necessity of the further adjustment of regular contacts and consultations at the level of Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and Georgia.

Press section
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
19 January 2012, Ashgabat

Presidential Elections in February 2012

Dear citizens of Turkmenistan!

In the framework of the upcoming presidential elections in Turkmenistan to be held on 12th of February, 2012, a polling station will be opened in the building of the Embassy of Turkmenistan to the Republic of Austria. The polling station will be opened on the 12th of February, 2012, from 08.00 to 20.00 o'clock local time.
In this regard the Embassy of Turkmenistan to the Republic of Austria requests all Turkmen citizens resident temporarily or permanently in the Republic of Austria (and in the neighboring states: Hungary, Czech Republic, Republic of Slovakia, Republic of Slovenia) for active participation in the vote.
The forthcoming presidential elections of Turkmenistan will take place on the basis of a wide choice marking an important mark stone on the way of the development of democratic transformations in the country, the strengthening of the basis of the national statehood and the confirmation of the principles of the true people’s rule in the Turkmen society.

Embassy of Turkmenistan
Argentinierstraße 22/2
1040 Vienna

Vienna, 13 January 2012

Press release - Humanitarian assistance to the people of Haiti

Today, on January 15th, 2010, during the enlarged meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov made a decision on sending 500 thousand US dollars for the humanitarian assistance to the people of Haiti which suffered during the earthquake.

Financial assistance is sent by Turkmenistan to the special account of the United Nations for the assistance to the victims of disaster.

Press Service of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan

15 January 2010

Press release - launching of the gas pipeline Turkmenistan - Iran

A ceremony of launching of the 30,5 km long gas pipeline passing through Dovletabat – Serakhs – Khangeran from Turkmenistan to Iran will be held on January 6, 2010 in the framework of an official visit of the President of Islamic Republic of Iran to Turkmenistan. The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and the President of Iran Mahmud Ahmadinejad will take part in the ceremony.

Construction of the pipeline Turkmenistan – Iran from Dovletabat deposit on the south-east of Turkmenistan was carried out according to achieved bilateral agreements regarding useful increase of supply of the Turkmen natural gas to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Thus, putting into operation of the pipeline Dovletabat – Serahs – Khangeran will allow, utilizing existing capacities, to supply annually up to 20 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Turkmenistan to Iran.

Successful implementation of the project of the gas pipeline Dovletabat – Serahs – Khangeran is considered in Turkmenistan as an important factor, which facilitates development of the Turkmen – Iranian relations, as well as activization of regional trade-economic ties, expanding of possibilities for bilateral and multilateral partnership in this sphere, strengthening of stability and mutual understanding in the region, including in the context of international efforts on ensuring energy security.

Implementation of the project of the gas pipeline Dovletabat – Serahs – Khangeran became a logical continuation of the policy, consistently carried out by Turkmenistan, of diversification of its gas pipeline infrastructure, which was announced by the President of the country as a priority task in development of national fuel-energy complex. As known, recently a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to China was put into operation, which gave a start to development of the eastern direction of the long-term strategy of introducing Turkmen energy carriers on international markets. At the end of the last year in Ashgabat in the course of the high level meeting between Turkmenistan and Russia, there was signed an agreement to expand strategic cooperation in the area of energy and mechanical engineering, which opened new possibilities for subsequent development of traditional Turkmen – Russian ties.

Along with that, with all variety of specific forms and models of international cooperation in energy sphere, Turkmenistan steadily pursues the line, which is based on preserving existing energy supplies, expanding and supplementing geography of traditional routes by means of entering the new perspective markets. This approach is based on clearly formulated principles of the state strategy in regards to this issue, realistic evaluation of its own resource base and possibility of its long-term elaboration. In the given context, one should estimate Turkmenistan’s commitment to diversity of its energy streams, while building export pipelines, in particular. In the meantime, resource capacity and advantages of geographical location of the country are considered by our country as factors of positive influence on development of regional and inter-regional economic cooperation, important condition to preserve balance of interests on Eurasian energy area on the basis of equal and equivalent access of partners to the sources of Turkmen hydrocarbons and means of their supply.

On these terms, Turkmenistan will further develop wide international cooperation in energy sphere, actively and effectively participate in international efforts on creating steady, safe and just system of energy carriers supplies to international markets, facilitate mutual understanding and trust in this important segment of global development. These steady and clear guidelines define the present and future steps of Turkmenistan, key direction of its long-term energy strategy on international arena.

Press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan

January 4, 2010

Launch of the Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan - Kazakhstan – China gas pipeline

A solemn launch of the Turkmenistan - China gas pipeline has been launched on 14 December 2009 at Samandepe field in Lebap province of Turkmenistan. The ceremony was attended by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Chairman of the People’s Republic of China Hu Jintao, as well as the Heads of the transit countries – President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

A single set of industrial and infrastructure facilities that ensure the work of the pipeline was opened with the participation of Heads of the four States. First gas refinery built on the right bank of the Amu Darya river will provide the pipeline with gas in the volume of 5 billion cubic meters annually. The complex also includes gas gathering points, compressor stations, gas measuring installation, engineering and external communication networks. A large number of previously operated wells were repaired and new ones were drilled at Samandepe.

It is expected that the 7 thousand kilometers pipeline which will supply 40 billion cubic meters of Turkmen natural gas annually to China for 30 years will reach it’s full capacity by 2012. The total length of the international gas pipeline on the territory of Turkmenistan is 184,5 km, Uzbekistan - 490 km, Kazakhstan - more than 1300 kilometers, China - more than 4500 kilometers.

The creation of a new gas transmission system for Turkmen gas exports marked the successful implementation of Turkmenistan's energy strategy that is now making a significant contribution to the creation of an enhanced foundation of global energy security. The new pipeline will not only have an impact on augmenting the economic power of the country and ensuring prosperous life of the people but also serve the interests of the peoples of the region and the world.

16 December 2009

Press Release of President of Turkmenistan addresses the United Nations General Assembly

President of Turkmenistan addresses the United Nations General Assembly

H.E. Dr. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of Turkmenistan, has taken part in the General Debate of the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York from 21 to 24 of September, 2009.
Turkmenistan was elected Vice-President of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly and the President of Turkmenistan has chaired one of the plenary meetings of the General Debate of the session. During his address before the General Assembly the President of Turkmenistan has outlined major priorities of the foreign policy of Turkmenistan and also put forward a number of initiatives. Aspiration for global security for Turkmenistan has a specific manifestation in efforts of Turkmenistan to achieve stability in Central Asia and the Caspian region. For that purpose, the President of Turkmenistan has expressed the views on regional and global issues that are in the agenda of the 64th session of the General Assembly.

On the issue of Afghanistan the President noted that abiding by the principles of good neighborliness and readiness to help, Turkmenistan offers its non-military approach to addressing Afghanistan’s problems and challenges by engaging in construction of social facilities, supply of electric power, provision of humanitarian aid which contributes to improving the quality of life of the Afghan people and thus being much more effective for revival of the country than any forceful solutions.

With regard to the problem of water resources and their management in Central Asia, he underlined that access to water resources is another urgent regional problem in Central Asia. Tajikistan, where the major sources of drinking water of Central Asia originate, faces an acute shortage of electric power and sees the solutions to this problem in construction of new hydraulic power stations that could have an adverse impact on the common volume of water discharge. That’s why Turkmenistan urged the countries of the region to take a participatory approach to this problem by reimbursing Tajikistan for water to keep the volume of water discharge unchanged. Turkmenistan also believes in beneficial role of the involvement of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia in Ashgabat in monitoring the these activities and as well as in the use of the United Nations legal mechanisms including the arbitral bodies in making mutually acceptable solutions to deal with this issue.

Speaking of the reform of the United Nations, the President of Turkmenistan expressed firm belief that, despite the transformations taking place in the world, the humanistic ideals of the United Nations must remain the moral and legal foundations of the world order. By reforming the United Nations the world community must consolidate it further, increase the effectiveness of its work, expand the role and functions of the community of nations as the guarantor of global peace and stability.

Recalling Turkmenistan’s permanent neutrality status and the experience accumulated by Turkmenistan in 14 years since the General Assembly unanimously recognized neutrality of Turkmenistan, the President of Turkmenistan noted that the more countries follow the lead of Turkmenistan and express the willingness to gain the status of permanent neutrality the more peacefully and safer the world would be.
Turkmenistan also actively seeks to deal with the problem of reliable energy transit and in doing so believes that global efforts in this area would be less effective without the United Nations’ support and high international authority. Being one of largest hydrocarbon exporters in the world, Turkmenistan stresses that reliable energy transit is an integral part of the system of global security. The existing international system of energy exports and imports remains a vulnerable link of the world economy: there is no universally recognized framework for legal liability for unilaterally breaking agreements on the guarantees of uninterrupted transit of energy. The President of Turkmenistan called upon all the interested countries to join Turkmenistan in contributing to development and drafting of the future global international legal document on reliable transit of energy.

A major disarmament initiative for the region of Central Asia and the Caspian Sea basin was put forward by the President of Turkmenistan in his address to the United Nations General Assembly. Specifically, he proposed to discuss the disarmament measures and regional security matters at the international conference with participation of the countries of Central Asia and the Caspian Sea regions. Turkmenistan expressed its readiness to host this conference to manifest its commitment to the disarmament process.

Speaking of the issues of delimitation of the maritime boundaries, conservation of marine biological resources and creation of a weapon-free zone on the Caspian Sea, the President of Turkmenistan expressed conviction that the littoral states can turn the Caspian Sea into the sea of peace and cohesion. Turkmenistan adheres to the fundamental position that until the legal status and the zones of jurisdiction are not established, development in the disputed territories is illegal. The President stressed that until littoral States arrive at a mutually acceptable agreement on the location of the median line of the sea in the geographical coordinates, it is impossible to promote further political and economic development of the region, to address the urgent problems of conservation of biological resources of the Caspian Sea, shipping, the zones of jurisdiction of the littoral countries. Turkmenistan has recently suggested international arbitration as way to settle controversies and declared in advance its readiness to accept any decision of international arbitration.

The President’s statement also attracted the attention of the participants to the creation and future impact on regional economic development of the “Avaza” national tourism zone on the Caspian seashore of Turkmenistan as well as other humanitarian, cultural and educational developments of the country.
The full text of the address of the President of Turkmenistan could be found at the following link:

Embassy of Turkmenistan in Austria
October 6, 2009

Statement of the Chairmanship of the High-level Ashgabat Conference

Statement of the Chairmanship of the High-level Ashgabat Conference “Reliable and stable transit of energy and its role in ensuring sustainable development and international cooperation”
(Ashgabat, 23-24 April 2009)

In accordance with UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/63/210 of 19 December 2008, “Reliable and stable transit of energy and its role in ensuring sustainable development and international cooperation”, a High-level International Conference was held in Ashgabat on 23-24 April 2009.
It was attended by representatives of member-states, international organizations, international financial institutions, scientists, diplomats and leading national and multinational companies operating in the field of energy resources development and transportation.
The High-level international conference addressed issued of effective international cooperation, as well as interaction on development of transportation systems and pipeline networks at the international, regional and global levels. Particular attention was paid to the issue of reliable and stable energy supplies to world markets and to a set of important issues arising from the diversification of the energy transportation routes, the design of oil and gas pipelines, the use of advanced technologies, improvement of pipeline systems, and the development of pipelines infrastructure taking into account the global trends in the energy field. The importance of continued and compliance with technological and environmental requirements and improvement of energy flows management was emphasized.
The broad exchange of views that was carried out demonstrated the willingness to search for mechanisms which could ensure the combination of interest of potential partners in the provision of reliable and stable supply of energy resources to international markets.
Proposals were made and submitted to develop and international legal instrument aimed to ensure the functioning of such a supply system that will equally take into account the interests of producers, transit countries, and consumers of hydrocarbon resources.
In this regard the idea was expressed to further promote the initiative for preparing relevant international legal principles and norms under the auspices of the United Nations, taking into account the experience gained by member-states and international organizations.
Participants of the conference noted the relevance of the conceptual approach to the use of energy resources, which envisages the importance of a clear regulation of the whole set of rights and responsibilities of producers, transit countries and consumers of energy resources, taking into consideration the norms and principles of modern international law.
Stressing the fundamental importance of the UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/63/210 of 19 December 2008 “Reliable and stable transit of energy and its role in ensuring sustainable development and international cooperation”, and based upon the experience of the international community, the need is to work out a relevant multilateral complex document governing the issues arising in this field of relationships was expressed.
In this regard it was proposed to invite the United Nations to consider establishing an expert group to prepare recommendations on the development of a future international legal instrument on transit of energy, taking into account proposals from interested countries and international organizations.
Emphasizing the willingness of member-states, international organizations and companies to cooperate on the use of energy resources, the High-level International Conference took into consideration the modern challenges, first and foremost in maintaining peace and security, ensuring sustainable development, as well as resolving the pressing issues in socio-economic, cultural, humanitarian and environmental spheres, the High-level International Conference recognized this forum as the first and important step towards further cooperation in building this particular field of international legal relationships.
The Ashgabat High-level International Conference recognized this forum as the first and important step towards further cooperation in the use of the energy resources, in particular, production, transit and consumption of energy resources.
Further UN support in development of fundamental ideas contained in the UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/63/210 of 19 December 2008 will contribute to uniting of efforts of all interested member-states and international organizations in preparing and agreeing on a multilateral instrument aimed to establish a safeguard mechanism that would ensure energy security in the world.

Press releases of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, April 2009

Press release

On April 13, 2009, a meeting of the Government has been held under the chairmanship of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. One of the subjects under consideration of the meeting were issues connected with the accident that has taken place last week on the portion of the gas pipeline CAC (Central Asia – Center) – 4 and measures for the liquidation of its consequences. In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan has instructed the Government to carry out necessary work to organize international expertise with the view to determine the causes of the accident. Based on the results of the expertise, decision will be made with regard to further actions of the Turkmen side, including in connection with reparation of damages to Turkmenistan caused by the accident.
Various aspects of international energy policy of Turkmenistan were also discussed. In this context, the President of Turkmenistan has signed a decree on creation of Inter-agency working group on energy diplomacy of Turkmenistan which consists of heads of state energy bodies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, relevant scientific-research institutions. The Inter-agency working group will be responsible for preparation of proposals on further implementation of international cooperation of Turkmenistan in energy sphere, study and analysis of situation in the international energy field, including issues of energy security, putting forward recommendations on elaboration of drafts of treaties and agreements of Turkmenistan on energy issues, preparation of proposals on cooperation with international energy organizations and financial institutions.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
April 13, 2009

Press release

Several Russian mass media outlets has published commentaries of individual Russian experts with regard to the situation with accident on the gas pipeline CAC (Central Asia – Center) – 4. In particular, the director of the Institute of issues of oil and gas of the Russian Academy of Sciences Anatoliy Dmitrievskiy asserts that allegedly the “accident on the Turkmen gas pipeline could have been caused be the dilapidation of this gas transportation system” or “actions of the dispatcher service of Turkmenistan” which absolutely does not correspond to the truth.
The outlined argumentation cannot bear any criticism and would never be accepted by the Turkmen side.
Such statement of the leadership of the well-known Russian scientific-research institute testifies either to ignorance of the situation in this sphere or deliberate distortion of facts at the instigation of some circles interested in extraction of certain benefit from the current situation.
Development of the fuel and energy sector is of priority significance for Turkmenistan and in this connection a long term program of modernization of this branch in accordance with the highest scientific and technical and technological standards is being carried out.
Over the years of independence Turkmenistan has modernized a considerable portion of facilities of this sector, including gas transportation infrastructure. The State from its own sources has financed and implemented investments worth billons of US dollars in equipping gas extracting and gas processing industries as well as gas transportation network.
In cooperation with major foreign companies existing facilities were reconstructed and new large gas transportation facilities were created in the country. Among them – hundreds of kilometers of new pipelines (including those that are used to export gas), a number of large capacity gas compressor and gas treating stations. These works are continued on programmed basis which guarantees uninterrupted work of the whole infrastructure of extracting, processing and transporting natural gas in Turkmenistan.
The attempt of Mr. Dmitievskiy to negatively characterize the activity of the dispatcher service of Turkmenistan invokes astonishment. In this case too, a complete ignorance on the part of the Russian scientist is obvious in regard to the elementary regulations and current practice of purchase by the Russian side of the natural gas from Turkmenistan.
The Turkmen side reminds that in accordance with provisions of the purchase and sale contract, Turkmenistan delivers hydrocarbon material on its border. Russia receives volumes of the natural gas through the measuring point “Deryalyk”. Further transportation, transit and delivery of natural gas to end-consumer are the responsibility of the Russian company “Gazpromexport”.
The Turkmen side considers as very unfortunate and improper the actions of those persons who attracted comments of experts, be it even the director of the major Russian scientific-research institute, which demonstrated incompetence in the assessment of this complex and sensitive situation.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
April 10, 2009

Press release

In connection with the accident on the gas pipeline CAC (Central Asia-Center) – 4 on the territory of Turkmenistan, the Russian company “Gazexport” has circulated information where it has alleged that the company has informed in timely manner about the reduction of import volume of the Turkmen natural gas.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan notes that the letter of the company “Gazpromexport” received by the Turkmen Side at the end of the day on April 7 cannot be considered as an advance notification because already on April 8 at 11.00 a.m. a significant reduction of imported volumes of gas received by the Russian company occurred.
It is well known; that any actions connected with change of volume of throughput of natural gas through the trunk gas pipeline in significant volumes is proceeded by a at a minimum one week notification of partners. This is in the first place connected with the necessity to undertake relevant measures to prepare gas wells and all elements of gas transportation infrastructure to the change of the technological operating conditions. Ignoring such circumstances in overwhelming majority of cases leads to accidents and interruption of functioning of the whole pipeline network. That is exactly what happened at night from 8 to 9 of April on the portion of the gas pipeline CAC-4 on the territory of Turkmenistan.
The Turkmen side reiterates that the unilateral grave violation by the Russian company “Gazpromexport” of the norms and rules of purchase of the natural gas has caused the said accident.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
April 10, 2009

Press release

Several Russian mass media outlets have reported about accident on the gas pipeline of Turkmenistan and included one-sided comments regarding this by “Gazprom” company.
In this connection, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan informs that on April 8, 2009, the Russian company “Gazexport” without prior notification of the Turkmen Side has drastically cut the volume of the imported Turkmen natural gas. As the result of this on the portion of gas pipeline CAC (Central Asia-Center) – 4, through which deliveries of the Turkmen gas delivered to Russia, an accident has occurred during the night between 8 and 9 of April.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan considers such actions of the “Gasexport” company as poorly thought-out and irresponsible because, first of all, it has created a real threat to the lives and health of people and is fraught with unpredictable ecological consequences.
At the same time, such approach is a unilateral grave violation of provisions of the purchase and sale contract.
Based on the above-mentioned, the Turkmen side hopes that the leadership of the relevant Russian companies would carefully investigate the accident including the actions of their workers and undertake necessary measure so that such accidents do not occur in the future.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
April 9, 2009

Press release

On March 27, 2009
at the meeting of the Government of the country the President of Turkmenistan gave task to announce an international tender to design and build a gas pipeline “EAST – WEST” on the territory of Turkmenistan, with creation of a land infrastructure, which will ensure its effective functioning. The length of the pipeline will be determined within 800 – 1000 km. Financing of the work will be implemented upon agreement of the parties in the following forms:

  • foreign investments;
  • share holding of the Turkmen and foreign parties on an equal footing;
  • financing by Turkmen side.
  • Decision of Turkmenistan to hold international tender to design and build gas pipeline “East – West” is a logical continuation of a resolution “Reliable and stable transit of energy carriers and its role in ensuring of a stable development and international cooperation”, initiated by the President of the country in United Nations, which was adopted by a consensus at the UN General Assembly in December of the last year.
    In order to implement provisions of the resolution on April 23-24, 2009 in Ashgabat there will be held an International Conference at a high level dedicated to a problem of ensuring reliability and stability of international supply of energy resources.
    Representatives of tens of countries, big companies, competent experts, specialists, politologists, mass media representatives will participate in the conference.
    In this context, in parallel with the work in international format, Turkmenistan, on a national level, starts implementing concrete practical steps in creating the system of reliable and safe supplies of energy resources to international markets. As important component of such system Turkmenistan sees a project of construction of the gas pipeline “East – West”.
    Implementation of this project, according to Turkmenistan, besides obvious commercial benefits for its immediate participants, as well as potential users and transitories, is able to give additional stability to functioning of energy supplies infrastructure, render a positive influence on course of economic and political processes in different regions of the world.
    Being firmly committed to principles of broad multi lateral dialogue in such an important sphere as provision of energy security, Turkmenistan once again expresses its readiness to utilize its wide resource potential, benefits and privileges of geographical disposition for the purposes of steady development, undertaking practical actions on improvement of mutually beneficial international cooperation in this area.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
    30 March, 2009

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