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21.09.10 06:37
Turkmenistan puts forward five initiatives on Afghan settlement in UN
In his speech at the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has elaborated on the issues of resolving the situation in Afghanistan and proposed his approaches to this problem to the international community.

Given its neutral status, the Turkmen side expressed readiness to host a UN-sponsored high-level meeting on confidence-building measures in Afghanistan and the development of effective government institutions.

In addition, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov offered assistance in training Afghan specialists in Turkmenistan for Afghan governance structures in different industries under the auspices of the UN programmes.

Another proposal is about the construction of a railway from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan with possible extension on the Afghan territory with the participation of international organizations, donor countries and international financial institutions.

The Turkmen leader also spoke of the need to urgently build the trans-Afghan gas pipeline (TAPI), which, in his opinion, could have a significant impact on the economic development of Afghanistan, to help address major social problems, including employment, attract investments and positive impact on the political situation in the country.

"Fifth. Turkmenistan is ready to consider increasing supplies of its electricity to Afghanistan, as well as expanding its energy infrastructure for the subsequent connection to the facilities in the Afghan territory. We invite the international community through the United Nations to discuss this proposal," said Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

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