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June 2011

UNECE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY PRAISES TURKMENISTANíS INITIATIVES FOR AFGHANISTAN

Source: Turkmenistan.ru, 9.06.2011

The United Nations views Turkmenistan as a responsible and reliable partner in strengthening the foundations of global peace and security, creating conditions for sustainable development in the regional and global dimension. This was stated by the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, UN Under-Secretary General Jan Kubis, who arrived in Ashgabat to participate in a meeting under the umbrella of the Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA).

Meeting with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Jan Kubis praised Turkmenistanís initiatives for Afghanistan, noting the importance of the projects on construction of the transnational gas pipeline Turkmenistan - Afghanistan - Pakistan - India (TAPI), the new railway line Atamurat-Andkhoy, as well as energy infrastructure, which will allow a 5-fold increase in exports of Turkmen electricity to Afghanistan.

SPECA MEETING FINISHES WITH JOINT COMMUNIQUE

Source: Turkmenistan.ru, 9.06.2011

A forum of representatives of member countries of the Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) finished in Ashgabat. The meeting discussed projects on economic cooperation between Central Asia and Afghanistan in the area of infrastructure development, transport, trade and joint management of natural resources.

The plenary sessions were attended by heads and representatives of various UN agencies, the European Union, OSCE, the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Islamic Development Bank, the International Trade Centre (ITC), the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), as well as members of delegations from nineteen countries.

The results of the two-day meeting of representatives of SPECA member countries were summed up at the closing plenary session. It was noted with satisfaction that the project proposals and detailed discussion in the forum created a good basis for development of a long-term plan of action to strengthen stability and promote sustainable development of Afghanistan through regional economic cooperation in Central Asia.

The Ashgabat communique was issued at the end of the forum. It confirmed readiness of SPECA member countries to continue the fruitful dialogue and strengthen constructive cooperation with the United Nations and its subdivisions, including UNECE, UNESCAP, UNRCCA and other international partner-organizations to address priority issues of regional cooperation.