Interests of all regional countries to be respected under water use in Central Asia
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, November 12 / Trend, H. Hasanov /
Expediency of rational water use respecting the interests of all regional countries was stated at economic forum of the Special Program for Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) held in Ashgabat, as reported on Saturday.
"Having focused at the expediency of rational water use, the participants of the forum stressed the importance of establishment of mutually accorded, constructive cooperation in the region," the information reads.
In this context, the sides stressed the need of solution of this matter on "the basis of general norms of the international law, with the observation of interests of all countries of the region, and under active participation of the international community in the face of the United Nations and other authoritative international organizations."
The forum was organized by the Turkmen Government - the acting chairman of SPECA - jointly with the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.
Issues of water and energy resources, transport and border crossing, trade, statistics, economic development and gender economy were examined at the forum.
Besides, members of the SPECA Steering Committee were offered a SPECA working plan for 2012-2013 that includes projects under the Plan of Actions on strengthening of stability and assistance to sustainable development of Afghanistan through expansion of regional economic cooperation in Central Asia.
The SPECA has been implemented since 1998. Its member states are Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.