Central Asia has sufficient potential to ensure its own security, Abdulaziz Kamilov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, said at a meeting of the UN High-level Security Council, chaired by Russia.
“It happened when it comes to the problem of terrorism, the Central Asian region is always mentioned. We would not really want the international community to firmly believe that Central Asia is a space where potentially there is a huge space for terrorism and extremism. Over the past 25 years, we have been heard that Central Asia should explode,” Kamilov said.
According to him, today Central Asia is developing, a new political atmosphere has developed in this region, and mutual trust between leaders is strengthening.
“Over the past three years, we have managed to solve very complex issues of delimitation of state borders, water resources management, and development of transport communications as well as to establish a high level cooperation on security issues. All this are testimony that Central Asia has enough potential to ensure its own security,” he emphasized.
At the same time, Kamilov stressed that terrorism and extremism are global in nature and here, of course, the region needs broad international support.
It should be noted that, according to forecast, the terrorist groups, mainly from Afghanistan, would “blow up” Central Asia that has become a second specialty for some experts and politicians in several countries. They even call the season when it would happen. In winter, they say that Central Asia would explode when the snow melts and mountain passes become free, while in summer, they predict that explosions would be when the heat drops. It repeats every year.
Generally, such a rather primitive propaganda is very indicative of Turkmenistan. And it has certain goals. One of these goals is the neutral status of Turkmenistan. Well, what kind of state is this, if it doesn’t enter any military blocs, it doesn’t enter military alliances, it doesn’t place foreign military bases on its territory. Therefore, in their speeches and articles, experts begin to warn Turkmenistan of a sudden and widespread destabilization of the situation.
At the same time, they, so unobtrusively, indicate a way to avoid these cataclysms. We should quickly find the nearest military organization (bloc, alliance, union, etc.) and enter it. Or, at least, we should make an agreement with this organization on close military cooperation, with all the ensuing consequences.
However, neutral status does not allow Turkmenistan to join military-political organizations and alliances, as well as to place any foreign military base on its territory. The country is open for mlitary-technical cooperation. Just recently, a military parade was held in Ashgabat in honor of the 28th anniversary of the country’s Independence Day, there was a live broadcast on TV, everyone saw it. So, even 15-20 years ago, at these parades, the vast majority of military equipment and weapons were of Soviet production. According to professional military reviews, it, of course, was efficient and of high quality, but outdated.
Now the Armed Forces of the country use the most modern technology, produced in all the militarily recognized states of the world. These are Russia, the USA, the European Union, China, Turkey, etc. The state is not just buying this equipment and weapons. Turkmen soldiers study it, learn to use and service it effectively. Moreover, the Turkmen Armed Forces, in accordance with the military doctrine of the country, have only one task – to ensure the territorial integrity of the country.
Turkmenistan procures and masters modern equipment and weapons in order just not allow any weakening of its defense – to be ready to give a worthy rebuff to any enemy. Unfortunately, it is poorly understood by those who still predict the destabilization of Central Asia, but fortunately, radical groups from Afghanistan, who have not attacked Central Asia for a quarter century, are well aware.
Maybe they never intended to do this. In a certain sense, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov touched upon the issue at a meeting of the UN High-level Security Council, chaired by Russia. At his speech, he referred the issue of Afghanistan, which is mainly mentioned as the source of terrorism and extremism.
“As neighbors of Afghanistan, the countries in the region must also emphasize that Afghanistan is not merely a challenge, but also represents a great deal of potential for contributing to the regional economy,” he stressed.
According to the minister, potential projects on transport communications and interconnectedness of various regions, from Europe through Central Asia and Afghanistan to South Asia, can contribute to bolster the peace process and to improve the situation, including economy, in Afghanistan.
Here we can only say that the countries of Central Asia have similar approaches to resolve the situation in Afghanistan. Who can know better the problems of Afghanistan than the neighboring countries? It seems that if the Afghan talks could depend on the Central Asian countries, then we would already come to some decision.