Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Aug.20 / Trend, H.Hasanov /
United Nations supports implementation of Turkmenistan's initiatives on confidence building measures in Afghanistan, Lenni Montiel, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan said in Ashgabat.
"Recent proposal of the Government of Turkmenistan to organize in Ashgabat, under the auspices of the United Nations, a high level conference on confidence building measures in Afghanistan and the development of governance institutions, is a pioneering and timely
initiative," he said.
"As the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, I would like to emphasize that we will provide all possible support in the implementation of this proposal," said in a text of speech distributed for press.
Montiel stressed that The Government of Turkmenistan has repeatedly offered Ashgabat as the venue for conducting peaceful negotiations, including inter-Tajik and inter-Afghan consultations, which took place in the mid 90s of the previous century.
He said in implementing its foreign policy, Turkmenistan has also supported the international community in the fight against international terrorism and extremism
"Fight against terrorism has a direct relevance to the combating of drugs and crime. Turkmenistan acceded to all three international drug control conventions back in the mid 90s of the previous century," he said.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has issued a World Drug Report for the year 2010. The results achieved by Turkmenistan and included into this report, serve as indisputable
evidence that the country pays a lot of attention to issues of combating drug trafficking and their consumption.
"In the context of ensuring stability in the region, it is important to mention Turkmenistan's support to the establishment and functioning of the United Nations Regional Centre for preventivediplomacy for Central Asia," Montiel said.
Ashgabat is interested in establishing peace in Afghanistan, which would use the Afghan territory as a transit route for delivery of hydrocarbon resources, primarily natural gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India.