Following is a resolution on Turkmenistan's participation in the CIS adopted at a session of the Council of heads of states of the CIS on August 26, 2005, in Kazan (Tatarstan, the Russian Federation).
On the basic principles of participation of neutral Turkmenistan in the CIS.
The Council of the CIS heads of states,
Considering the status of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan recognized and supported by the United Nations,
Taking into account international commitments of Turkmenistan as the neutral state,
1. To take into account the basic principles of participation of neutral Turkmenistan in the CIS (attached)
2. As regards Turkmenistan's proposal on Turkmenistan's participation in the CIS as the associated member taking into account its neutral status, to commission the Executive committee of the CIS with preparation, jointly with Turkmenistan, of a draft agreement on participation of Turkmenistan in the CIS as the associated member and submit it for consideration of the Council of the CIS heads of states in the established order.
Done in Kazan on August 26, 2005, in Russian language. The original copy is kept in the Executive committee of the CIS that will send a certified copy of this resolution to each signatory state.
THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF TURKMENISTAN'S PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES
The conceptual stance of Turkmenistan's participation in the CIS is based on the fundamental principles of the foreign policy of Turkmenistan as a state with the status of permanent neutrality recognized and supported by the UN General Assembly resolution of 12 December 1995 "On the permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan.
Turkmenistan's neutrality is the basis of its domestic and foreign policies aimed at development of relations with other states and international organizations, at solving issues related to the establishment of humane and creative order in the world.
In this context, Turkmenistan builds its relations with other states on the principles of equality, mutual respect, mutual benefit and non-interference in each other's internal affairs and takes part in all activities aimed at strengthening and maintaining stable and sustainable international development.
At the same time, Turkmenistan develops its international cooperation, taking into account the interests of all sides, and regards international cooperation as an important tool of deepening trust among states and regions. The basic condition for Turkmenistan, resulting from its neutral status and international commitments, is the peace loving nature of the foreign policy providing for resolution of all disputes by political and diplomatic means, mainly through the international organizations and the UN.
Turkmenistan, in accordance with its international commitments, neither holds membership of, nor participates in, military blocs, alliances, interstate organizations with regulating functions or collective responsibility of member-states, and does not host military bases of foreign countries on its soil.
Turkmenistan, paying particular attention to strengthening peace and security in the world, is committed not to possessing, producing and spreading nuclear, chemical, bacteriological and other weapons of mass destruction. Based on this, Turkmenistan joined all basic international conventions, treaties and agreements and strictly observes them.
At the same time, Turkmenistan takes part in arranging peaceful dialogs and providing humanitarian assistance to other states under the UN auspices.
Turkmenistan's participation in the CIS is also based on the above-mentioned fundamental principles of permanent neutrality. The prime element of the extent of Turkmenistan's involvement in the CIS and its activities is the status of permanent neutrality.
Turkmenistan, with regard to its neutral status, can not participate in military or law-enforcement alliances, or in other bodies or structures with supra state powers.
At the same time, Turkmenistan intends to expand further bilateral relations with the CIS member states in all areas of mutual interest. We can also enter into multifaceted relations within the CIS that are not related to military or power structures of the CIS.
Under given circumstances, Turkmenistan can take part in the CIS as an associated member. Therefore, we ask you to support our proposal.
Turkmenistan will participate in the CIS in accordance with our neutral status and in the spirit of friendship and cooperation.
Considering the above-mentioned circumstances and the neutral status of the state, we request the CIS heads of states to support our position on participation of Turkmenistan in the CIS as the associated member which is based on its international commitments resulting from the status of permanent neutrality.
FROM EDITORIAL BOARD
The basic principles of participation of neutral Turkmenistan in the CIS are published according to the text of the message by Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov to the chairman of the CIS, President Russia Vladimir Putin and leaders of other CIS member states.