TURKMENISTAN URGES ADOPTION OF INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON REGIME OF INTERSTATE PIPELINES
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov, believes that finding a solution to Central Asian problems will to a great extent depend on prospects of international peace and security. Addressing participants of general debates of the 59th session of the UN General Assembly, Rashid Meredov drew their attention to the initiative put forward by President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov on setting up a Regional Consultative Council for heads of Central Asian states and clarified that the point is about establishment of an Interstate Body at the top level for holding regular consultations and working out joint decisions on issues of trade and economic cooperation, energy supply, border trade, transportation and humanitarian partnership.
The Turkmen Foreign Minister noted that the preparation of the Trans-Afghan gas pipeline project "Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan" became a significant step in speeding up regional cooperation. He said that big foreign companies and financial-industrial groups take interest in it and called on the UN to develop a system of political-legal guarantees providing for favorable conditions for the project implementation.
"We think it is important to remind the UN members of the fact that Turkmenistan had earlier proposed from this podium to elaborate on and adopt under the UN aegis an International Convention on the regime and guarantees of functioning of interstate pipelines. We believe such a document will make it possible to set up a reliable political-legal mechanism to ensure transportation of raw materials to the world markets," Rashid Meredov said.
Touching on the problem of implementing a strategy of secure development and cooperation in the region, the minister focused on issues of international cooperation in the Caspian Sea basin and development of its mineral resources in particular.
Oil and gas reserves of the Caspian Sea are known to be the most valuable energy resources of the planet in the XXI century. Economic and effective exploration of these reserves, establishment of a relevant pipeline infrastructure for bringing energy resources to the world markets will ensure a significant economic growth of many states and prosperity for their peoples," Rashid Meredov emphasized.
In his opinion, efficient economic activity on the Caspian Sea is closely linked to ensuring stability in the region. "Turkmenistan stands for turning the Caspian Sea into a zone of peace, stability and sustainable international cooperation," the Foreign Minister added.
The UN news service, 27.09.2004