Turkmenistan to voice several initiatives at UN General Assembly (UPDATE)
Details added (the first version was posted at 09:53 )
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Aug. 17 / Trend H.Hasanov /
At the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, Ashgabat will propose several initiatives on the security issues in Central Asia and the Caspian Basin, the local media reported citing the Turkmen Foreign Ministry.
The next General Assembly session opens at UN headquarters in New York on Sept.13, 2011.
"Given the importance of consolidating activities under regional and interregional development for the maintenance of global security, Turkmenistan will voice several initiatives on security issues in Central Asia and the Caspian Basin within the framework of the next General Assembly session", the report reads.
The ministry underscored that "Turkmenistan does accidentally focuses on such a formant of cooperation, because the two neighboring region, since antiquity having formed a single historical, geographical, cultural, and humanitarian space, are today important players in ensuring global security", the report reads.
Ashgabat hosted an international forum on disarmament issues in Central Asia and the Caspian states last summer. In addition, the country proposed to establish a senior forum on security, peace, and cooperation in Central Asia and the Caspian Basin at the 65th session of the UN General Assembly.
It is proposed that the first meeting is held under this forum in Ashgabat in 2012, aiming to build approaches to the creation of the Advisory Council on the Peaceful Development in Central Asia and the Caspian region.
Turkmenistan, as a member of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs for 2012-2015, considers it appropriate to form a unified anti-drug strategy of the United Nations.
The ministry also reports that "in today's global economic situation, the important task before the international community is to develop effective mechanisms to overcome the negative effects of the global financial crisis and define the main areas of the future world economy".
Turkmenistan's policy currently prioritizes the active development of the North-South and East-West transport corridors, increasing communication network opportunities, the Central Asia-Persian Gulf, and the development of transport communications in the Caspian-Black Sea region.
Turkmenistan also emphasizes an ecological problem. The ecological problem includes the problems of the Aral Sea and the protection of the Caspian Basin environment. Ashgabat invites the UN Interregional Center to be created and to address issues related to climate change.