Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Oct. 1 / Trend H. Hasanov /
While addressing the general debate of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov voiced several initiatives, UN News Centre reported today.
A Turkmen senior representative called for improving the transport architecture of the 21st Century, proposed to work out an international agreement on energy supplies and initiated the establishment of a permanent mechanism for a political dialogue in Central Asia - a Forum of Peace and Cooperation.
"We believe that this forum will contribute to working out consensus-based approaches to resolving the most important issues of the current and future development of the Central Asian and neighbouring regions," Meredov said. "The forum could be the basis for the creation of an Advisory Council made up of the heads of the Central Asian Countries."
"In particular, there are proposals to hold an international high level meeting on disarmament in 2014," he said. "We are ready to create all the necessary conditions and to deliver the appropriate infrastructure in the capital of our country."
The minister called for the creation of an international mechanism envisaging a complex of guarantees in the field of energy supply.
"The key element in this process is to create a new UN universal international legal instrument," he added.
He stressed that this document must be the legal basis of the relations arising in the field of international energy supply and envisages the establishment of an appropriate UN agency ensuring the implementation of its provisions.
While stressing that the transport architecture of the 21st Century is the architecture of the integration breakthrough, Meredov called for a combined traffic system entering the major international and regional sea, road, rail and air routes.
"A high level event on 'Mobility and interconnection - Development Programme driving forces after 2015' held in New York on September 26, 2013 was devoted to the practical implementation of this idea," he added.
The Turkmen government and the International Road Transport Union are the organisers of the event. Its theme focused on finding effective solutions to the establishment of the modern, extensive and safe transport infrastructure in the world.
"We consider it necessary to continue a multilateral international dialogue on transport issues initiated within the 68th session of the General Assembly," the minister added. "In this regard, it was proposed to hold an international conference on the role of transport and transit corridors to ensure the international cooperation, stability and sustainable development in Ashgabat in 2014."
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