Turkmenistan offers CIS countries lead to raise issue of energy supply at UN General Assembly
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, May 30 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed a meeting of the CIS Heads of Governments in Ashgabat on Wednesday with an initiative for the CIS countries to raise the issue of cooperation in the field of energy supplies at UN General Assembly.
"Turkmenistan offers to start a dialogue on the transportation of energy resources, security of energy supply in order to make clear principles of our countries in the world markets of energy resources," the president said.
He said that it is advisable to voice the initiative of the CIS countries to conduct such a dialogue at the next session of the UN General Assembly.
"All of us are interested in the maximal use of our energy capacity and transit benefits," the Turkmen leader said.
He stressed the importance of analysing the status quo and evaluating the integration opportunities in the field of energy cooperation.
Official Ashgabat has previously proposed to intensify the energy dialogue within the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to formulate the mechanisms for multilateral consultations on political, financial economic, technological and environmental aspects of construction and exploitation of multiple pipeline infrastructures.
Turkmenistan regularly claims the right to a direct way to Europe recently closed by the supplies through Russian pipelines and Iran. The country obtained the access for the first time to a new alternative thanks to launching a gas pipeline to China in late 2009.
The Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project is primarily associated with delivering Turkmen gas to European markets. It is planned to be laid from the Turkmen coast of the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijani one, where it will join the Southern Gas Corridor.