13.12.06 11:22

Turkmenistan marks 11th anniversary of neutrality, student youth day

As the Ashgabat correspondent of Turkmenistan.ru reports, this is for the fourth time that Turkmenistan marks the two holidays on the same day, December 12. The combined holiday symbolizes the continuity of generations and such notions as peace and youth.

On December 12, 1995, at its 50th General Assembly, 185 member-states of UN unanimously passed a resolution called "On the permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan". It was for the first time in international practice that the international legal status of the country was confirmed by the UN resolution. In this regard, Turkmenistan has undertaken a number of obligations, in particular on non-alignment with political, economic, military organizations and blocks; renunciation of weapons of mass destruction; ban on transit of such weapons over the country's territory or air space; resolution of all problems through the UN; commitment to common human values and democratic principles; maintenance of equal relations with all states of the world and close cooperation with humanitarian international organizations. Turkmenistan marks Day of Student Youth since 2003 at the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov.

According to tradition, Ashgabat's Olympic sport complex became the epicentre of yesterday's festivities. Young Turkmen soldiers, the best representatives of all combat arms of the National Army whose prime and single task, as defined by the head of state, is to defend peace and tranquillity of the homeland, opened the celebration. They were followed by "heavenly horses", famous Akhalteke racers. The horse riders carried flags of Turkmenistan and foreign countries in their hands.

Student and children ensembles, professional and amateur dance groups of Ashgabat and representatives of all five provinces of Turkmenistan joined the show on the green field of the stadium.

The events dedicated to Neutrality and Student Youth Day, concerts, exhibitions, sport competitions, outdoor fete took place all over Turkmenistan. The grandeur fireworks on the main square of Ashgabat wrapped up the celebration.

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