At the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Turkmenistan put forward a number of initiatives that determine the main directions of the country’s activity.
The priority positions of Turkmenistan was voiced by Deputy Prime Minister Rashid Meredov (who is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs), who, in particular, emphasizing the preservation of the Caspian Sea and saving the Aral Sea, said:
“We will persistently promote the idea to develop the UN Special Program for the Aral Sea basin countries”, inviting all interested parties to participate in consultations on this topic.
The most important issues on the agenda of Turkmenistan and other Central Asian countries are ecology and environmental protection as well as rational use of water resources:
“Water issues should be considered on the basis of the principles of mutual respect, consent and taking into account the interests of all countries in the basins of transboundary rivers, watercourses and border lakes,” the Turkmen Foreign Minister stressed.
Turkmenistan opposes the construction of large hydraulic facilities and transboundary rivers, believing that such projects involve great environmental, social, economic and humanitarian risks.
Calling on international organizations to take a more active part in the consideration of water issues, R.Meredov also advocated international cooperation in the field of security.
“Countries should seek a reasonable balance between national interests and the interests of the whole international community. The restoration of trust and predictability as the most important factor in building constructive relations in the international arena to make deliberate and responsible decisions is the key condition,” the head of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan stated.
A High-Level International conference on peace and security is scheduled to be held in Ashgabat in December 2020 – on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the international recognition of Turkmenistan’s status as a permanent neutral state.