December 11-12, 2020
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

2020 year -
Turkmenistan – Home of Neutrality

International Conference «Policy of Neutrality and its importance in ensuring international peace, security and sustainable development»

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Review of the speech of the Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat Natalya Drozd

(Ashgabat, 14 January 2020)

In her speech, Ambassador specifically noted that the adoption on December 12, 1995 by the UN General Assembly of the Special Resolution on “Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan” that was unanimously supported by all the UN member-states, serves as an indisputable proof of the overall recognition of the historic choice of Turkmenistan.

During the past years, the Turkmen model of Neutrality became a new phenomenon in the international legal practice. The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov consistently carries out the purposeful policy of positive neutrality aimed at the maintenance of peace, stability and cooperation, primarily in the region of Central Asia. The OSCE highly appraises the standpoint of neutral Turkmenistan in regard to the maintenance of peace and trust, as well as the settlement of all the disputes between the states through peaceful talks on the basis of equal responsibility for peace and security.     

The OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, which has marked its 20th anniversary last year, established constructive cooperation with the Government of Turkmenistan. The Head of the Centre highlighted the most remarkable achievements of joint work for the last years. For example, 4,000 representatives of the government authorities, academic circles, mass media and public organizations have become participants of our training events in 2018 – 2019.

Natalya Drozd highly appreciated contribution of Turkmenistan to strengthening of economic stability in the region, having also noted joint activity for promotion of effective management of trade and transport, innovative technologies for sustainable management of water resources, development of renewable sources of energy and energy-saving technologies, as well as for realization of international obligations of Turkmenistan in the sphere of ecological safety, which is one of the priorities of the policy of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

In humanitarian aspect, the OSCE Centre actively cooperates with the office of the Ombudsman of Turkmenistan, provides support for the fulfillment of National Action Plan in Human Rights and National Action Plan for Provision of Gender Equality in 2015 – 2020.

The OSCE has been providing long-term support in the field of mass media development.  The Centre has presented expertise assistance in the process of developing a number of laws on mass media, including the Law on Television and Radiobroadcasting, and our partnership on the issues of modernizing the mass media is continuing successfully.  Special attention in this work was paid to the involvement of the youth in the implementation of the projects said Ms.Drozd.    

Speaking of perspectives of cooperation for this year, the Head of the OSCE Centre noted that realization of Plan of joint projects, which provides for organizing a dozens of events with relative ministries and departments of Turkmenistan, starts in 2020.

The Plan of projects also includes a number of events on the occasion of celebrating the 25th anniversary of permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan.  Thus, the OSCE Centre will host a course for the students of leading institutions of higher education, who are future diplomats with the aim of acquainting them with the OSCE mechanisms and practices in the field of early conflict prevention and counteraction.    

In the end, Natalya Drozd expressed gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for trust, lasting support and comprehensive assistance to the partnership, as well as for personal input for the strengthening of collaboration between the OSCE and Turkmenistan. The success of our activities – our common accomplishment, the result of consistent joint work for the sake of attaining sustainable security in the OSCE region, she said.