"Turkmenistan will continue to develop bilateral relations with the CIS countries on issues of mutual interest. We can also participate in multilateral ties in the CIS, except military and power structures," Turkmen president Saparmurat Niyazov said in his address to the CIS leaders "On the basic principles of participation of neutral Turkmenistan in the Commonwealth of Independent States". This document was discussed by the CIS leaders at their meeting on Friday and provided the basis for the decision on Turkmenistan's accession to the CIS as an associated member.
"The conceptual terms of Turkmenistan's participation in the Commonwealth of Independent States are based on the fundamental foreign policy principles of Turkmenistan as a state that has the status of permanent neutrality, recognized and supported in the December 12, 1995 Resolution of the U.N. General Assembly "On the Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan," Niyazov's address says.
"In accordance with its international commitments, Turkmenistan does not join or participate in military blocs and alliances, or interstate associations with regulating functions or collective responsibility of member-states, and does not host military bases of foreign countries on its soil," the document says.