12.12.03 14:44


Today Turkmenistan marks the second significant, after Independence Day, national holiday – the 8th anniversary of the state’s neutrality.

The General Assembly of the UN adopted a special resolution on December 12, 1995, “On the status of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan”. Thus, Turkmenistan became the first state in the world whose neutral status was officially approved by the United Nations.

Yesterday, speaking at the ceremony of awarding the winners of the nationwide contest of creativity, Turkmen leader Saparmurat Niyazov underlined that Turkmenistan would be further committed to the principles of neutrality that define the foreign strategy of Turkmenistan.

“We will stick to the policy that helped us avoid cataclysms and havoc of the transitional period and guaranteed the Constitutional rights of citizens, revival of spiritual values of the nation and continuation of the ancient culture of Turkmen”.

At the meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited to Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov assured the diplomats that the state under his leadership would “do everything to strengthen trustworthy relations with its closest neighbors as fraternal Turkey, friendly China, the USA, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, with which Turkmenistan established reliable mutually beneficial trade-economic relations, and other states”.

As the Ashgabat correspondent of Turkmenistan.ru reports, in the center of today’s events will be a festive manifestation at the capital’s Olympic stadium. Festivities are taking place all over the country, and the traditional fireworks will light up the skies of Ashgabat in the evening.

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