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23.12.06 00:25
ADDRESS TO THE PEOPLE OF TURKMENISTAN
By members of the National Security Council of Turkmenistan, members of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan and deputies of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan
The people of Turkmenistan, the entire world community have suffered a great loss. On December 21, at 01.10 am, the President of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov, suddenly died of a cardiac arrest.

Saparmurat Niyazov has led the people of Turkmenistan for 21 years. Having consolidated the people, not allowing any factions, negative developments and increasing the well-being of the people, Saparmurat Niyazov was the author of independence and sovereignty of our Motherland.

The new era of the Turkmen people, the era of revival of national statehood, is inseparably linked with the name of Saparmurat Niyazov. The national leader of the Turkmen people has made the centuries-old dream of our ancestors about independent national state of Turkmens come true.

Having led the nation, having defined the genuine role of Turkmens in the world history, he succeeded in popularization of our ancestors' heroism, the contribution of the Turkmen people to the development of world civilization. The glorious years during which Saparmurat Niyazov was the leader of the Turkmen people confirmed his heavenly faculty to foresee and his ability to determine priorities. His unique abilities in the art of leading the nation revealed his talent as a diplomat and a wise and humane person.

After gaining independence by Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov worked out basic principles of building the nation-state. Harmonically developed and consistent domestic and foreign policy of Saparmurat Niyazov provided for the main condition and possibilities of successful development of independent state. His goals took into account the interests of people. Large-scale projects implemented in Turkmenistan have been in harmony with the national spirit of Turkmens. They were understood and accepted by the people of Turkmenistan. The literary, historical and philosophical treatise, Ruhnama, born by the generous heart of Saparmurat Niyazov, opened Turkmens to the world. Saparmurat Niyazov recreated nearly-vanished spiritual-cultural world of the people, its glorious history, precious literary heritage, ancient mother tongue, exemplary customs and traditions - all what Turkmens were proud of, and he managed to develop them successfully.

Saparmurat Niyazov equally respected representatives of all nations and nationalities in Turkmenistan. He strengthened the principles of unity, consolidation and trust in the country. He raised human dignity to a higher level. A man was declared the main value of society. The people of Turkmenistan, having heartily believed in his leader, having enthusiastically implemented large-scale programs "Ten years of stability", "New village", "Health", "Education" initiated by him, is consistently following his policy of open doors. Our people, enthusiastically working for the good of Motherland, is successfully fulfilling the important tasks set forth in the National programme "Strategy of economic, political and cultural development of Turkmenistan until 2020" and in the documents of 14th People's Council.

All great tasks fulfilled by the Turkmen people under the leadership of Saparmurat Niyazov, milestone achievements in economy, improvement of well-being and increase in living standards of the population, the status of permanent neutrality, raising high the international prestige of the country as a result of harmonious relations of Turkmenistan with other countries, are inseparably linked with the name of the great man, Saparmurat Niyazov.

At this difficult hour, the people of Turkmenistan, being faithful to the principles of Turkmen national sovereignty laid by Saparmurat Niyazov in the basis of independent Turkmenistan, will steadily follow the political course of his leader. The domestic and foreign policy of Turkmenistan based on the principles of peace loving, humanism and justice remains unshakable. Turkmenistan will continue the policy of neutrality based on principles of good neighbourliness, mutual respect, equality and mutually advantageous cooperation with all countries of the world. The country will continue to fulfill its international obligations in the framework of United Nations resolutions, bilateral and multilateral agreements, treaties and conventions.

The faith and love of the Turkmen people for Saparmurat Niyazov are unshakable and unlimited. The people of Turkmenistan, perceiving wholeheartedly the legacy of their leader, will forever be faithful to instructions of this great man and will continue his cause.

Members of the National Security Council of Turkmenistan,
Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan,
Deputies of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan.

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