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Press Release of the MFA of Turkmenistan

In connection with the ongoing new type coronavirus pandemic and the comprehensive measures adopted on the part of the international community on counteraction against this global threat, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan informs about the following.

The systematic work on preventing the entry of this infection on the territory of the country was implemented by Turkmenistan since the first days of the spread of the COVID-19 in the world.

In this regard, a Governmental Commission was established under the leadership of the President of Turkmenistan that is authorized to resolve organizational, legal, financial, technical and other issues related to the counteraction against the coronavirus. To coordinate the activities of the relevant state agencies, an Operational Center has been created which consists of the representatives of the Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Border Service, State Customs Services, State Migration Service and others.

At the first stage of combatting the coronavirus infection, a set of measures on strengthening borderline, customs and migration regulations, as well as the sanitary-epidemiological, phytosanitary and veterinary supervision was adopted.

The system of regular provision of the population with the necessary, free of charge medications contributing to the strengthening of immune system of a human being was arranged.

The clinical examination programme for the population is being carried out and the necessary measures on enhancing the immune status of the people are implemented.

At the same time, Turkmenistan is developing international cooperation aimed at the consolidation of efforts of the world community on combatting the pandemic threat.

Hereby, it is worthwhile to note the active participation of the President of Turkmenistan in the international Summits organized with the aim of counteracting against the pandemic.

Particularly during the Non-Aligned Movement Summit held in May 2020, the President of Turkmenistan set forward the initiative on promoting the scientific diplomacy by proposing the establishment of International Council of Medical Scientists.

The main content of this initiative lies in the establishment of direct contacts between the practicing doctors, scientists in the field of medical science on the following:

firstly, it is proposed to cooperate actively in the area of determining the nature of appearance of the new type coronavirus,

secondly, it is advisable to intensify the work of the scientific medical community in the field of studying the form of onset of the diseases evolved from the new type infection;

thirdly, the need for joint work is highlighted in terms of the search for forms, methods and means of treatment of the acute infectious diseases and their prevention, including the development of vaccines, other special medical substances and many more.

The information on the set of measures carried out by our country and outlined in the letter of the President of Turkmenistan addressed to the Director-General of the World Health Organization stand as one of the significant examples of Turkmenistan’s input in the international efforts on combatting the spread of COVID-19 infection. This letter was distributed as the official document of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

At the same time, on May 28, 2020, the International Forum dedicated to the issues of sustainable development and initiated by Turkmenistan was held. The resulting document of the Forum was also published as the official document of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.

In line with the above said, it is pertinent to underline the call of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the Organization’s member-states made on March 30, 2020 on organizing the comprehensive and systematic work on counteraction against the coronavirus threat.

Consequently, the National Preparedness and Response Plan of Turkmenistan for Acute Infectious Disease was adopted in Turkmenistan on the state level on May 22 of current year.

In addition, the Plan of Operational Socio-economic Activities in Turkmenistan on the counteraction against the coronavirus pandemic was affirmed on July 3 of ongoing year.

Currently, jointly with the United Nations’ agencies, Turkmenistan is starting to develop the third National Plan encompassing the humanitarian constituent of the preventive measures implemented by the country against the COVID-19 infection.

Today, the issues of pandemic are subject to professional researches, scientific studies and developments. The scientists of many countries are involved in this work and based on deep scientific analysis they already today attain significant results, having important practical implementation in the process of counteracting against the pandemic.

One of such occasions became the address of 239 scientists from 32 countries of the world with an open letter to the Director-General of the World Health Organization, published on July 4 of current year, which contains information on the results of scientific researches confirming the chances of the new type coronavirus spreading through tiny aerosol droplets retaining in the air for a long time.

Based on the researches of the medical scientific community of Turkmenistan, the Turkmen side supports the above mentioned scientific results.

In this regard, it is pertinent to note that the multiyear researches of the Turkmen doctors, ecologists, specialists in the field of hydrometeorology and other areas of science prove that the substances posing danger for the human health, including the viruses, can be transmitted through air flow in the sensitive ecological environment of Central Asia.

At the same time, air masses forming in the zone of ecological disaster evolved from the drying of the Aral Sea pose an explicit danger and have a severe negative impact on the nature, climate, and human health of those residing in the Aral Sea area and far beyond it.

The dust and salt storms transmitting severely harmful substances from the ground of the dried Aral Sea extend for thousands of kilometers and pose a real danger for the human health.

The position of Turkmenistan on the Aral problems is well known in the world today. During his speech at the Sustainable Development Summit “Rio+20” on June 22, 2012, the President of Turkmenistan underlined that the problem of the Aral Sea currently “reached far beyond the region and gained a truly global scope.”

That is why the establishment of the UN Special Programme for the Aral Sea basin was proposed.

With the aim of practical implementation of the given proposal by the world community in the person of the UN and upon the initiative of Turkmenistan, two Resolutions of the UN General Assembly on “Cooperation between the United Nations and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea” were adopted which created a firm basis for multilateral collaboration on the resolution of the Aral problems in the UN platform.

Expanding multilateral cooperation on the Aral course, the draft concept of the UN Special Programme for the Aral Sea was presented at the sixth Session of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) held in August 2019. Upon the results of consideration of the given document, the draft ESCAP resolution on the issues of further work on the mentioned Special Programme was prepared and is planned for consideration in the framework of the successive session of the Commission in May 2021.

Great attention to the resolution of the Aral Sea problems is also paid in the Regional Environmental Program for Sustainable Development in Central Asia developed in the framework of the chairmanship of Turkmenistan in the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea during the period of 2017-2019 and approved by the resolution of the Interstate Commission on Sustainable Development of the IFAS in October of 2019 in the city of Nukus of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Based on the above said, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan is underlining the preparedness of the Turkmen side to continuation of wide multifaceted cooperation on the regional and international level on the counteraction against the pandemic, including the issues of detailed studying the impacts of exogenous factors on the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

With these aims, in the near future Turkmenistan is going to implement a set of further practical measures in the framework of implementation of the agreements attained with the international partners and aimed at strengthening of solidarity on the counteraction against the new type of infection.


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MFA of Turkmenistan

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В связи с продолжающейся пандемией коронавируса нового типа и предпринимаемыми со стороны международного сообщества комплексными мерами по противодействию этой глобальной угрозе Министерство иностранных дел Туркменистана информирует о нижеследующем.

С первых дней начала распространения в мире COVID-19, в Туркменистане на системной основе была организована работа по предотвращению заноса этой инфекции на территорию страны.

В данном контексте под руководством Президента Туркменистана была создана Правительственная комиссия, в компетенцию которой входит решение организационных, правовых, финансовых, технических и других вопросов, связанных с противодействием коронавирусу. Для координации деятельности соответствующих государственных органов был создан Оперативный штаб, в состав которого вошли представители министерств здравоохранения и медицинской промышленности, иностранных дел, внутренних дел, государственной пограничной, таможенной, миграционной служб, других ведомств.

На первом этапе борьбы с коронавирусной инфекцией был проведён ряд мер по усилению пограничного, таможенного, миграционного режимов, санитарно-эпидемиологического и фитосанитарного контроля, ветеринарного надзора.

Также организована система регулярного обеспечения населения на безвозмездной основе основными медикаментами, способствующими усилению иммунитета человека.

В стране реализуется программа всеобщей диспансеризации населения, осуществляются необходимые меры по повышению иммунного статуса людей.

Одновременно с этим Туркменистан развивает международное сотрудничество, направленное на консолидацию усилий мирового сообщества с пандемической угрозой.

И здесь особо следует отметить активное участие Президента Туркменистана в международных Саммитах, проводимых в целях борьбы с пандемией.

В частности, Президент Туркменистана в мае 2020 года выступил на Саммите Движения Неприсоединения с инициативой продвижения научной дипломатии, предложив создание международного Совета учёных-медиков.

Основное содержание этой инициативы заключается в налаживании прямых контактов между практикующими врачами, учёными в области медицинской науки по следующим направлениям:

во-первых, предлагается активно сотрудничать в области определения природы возникновения нового коронавируса;

во-вторых, считается целесообразным активизировать работу научного медицинского сообщества в сфере изучения форм проявления заболеваний, вызываемых инфекцией нового типа;

в-третьих, подчёркивается необходимость совместной деятельности в поиске форм, методов и средств лечения особо опасных инфекционных заболеваний и их профилактики, включая разработку вакцин, других специальных медицинских препаратов и многое другое.

Одним из значимых примеров вклада Туркменистана в международные усилия по борьбе с распространением инфекции COVID-19 является информация о комплексе мер, предпринимаемых нашей страной, изложенная в письменном послании Президента Туркменистана в адрес Генерального директора Всемирной Организации Здравоохранения. Это письмо было распространено в качестве официального документа 74-й сессии Генеральной Ассамблеи Организации Объединённых Наций.

Одновременно с этим 28 мая 2020 года по инициативе Туркменистана состоялся Международный форум, посвящённый вопросам устойчивого развития. Итоговый документ Форума, включивший в себя также положения, касающиеся решения проблем, связанных с пандемией, также был опубликован в качестве официального документа 74-й сессии Генеральной Ассамблеи ООН.

В контексте с вышеизложенными фактами, следует подчеркнуть призыв Генерального секретаря ООН Антониу Гутерриша к государствам-членам Организации от 30 марта 2020 года об организации комплексной и системной работы по противодействию коронавирусной угрозе.

В этой связи 22 мая текущего года в Туркменистане на государственном уровне был принят национальный План обеспечения готовности к противодействию и реагированию страны на острые инфекционные заболевания.

Вместе с тем, 3 июля этого года был утверждён План оперативных социально-экономических мероприятий в Туркменистане по противодействию пандемии коронавируса.

В настоящее время Туркменистан совместно с учреждениями системы Организации Объединенных Наций приступает к разработке третьего национального плана, охватывающего гуманитарную составляющую предпринимаемых страной мер по борьбе с инфекцией COVID-19.

Проблемы пандемии сегодня являются предметом профессиональных изысканий, научных исследований и разработок. В эту работу вовлечены учёные многих стран, которые на основе глубокого научного анализа уже сегодня выходят на серьёзные результаты, имеющие важное практическое значение в деле борьбы с пандемией.

Одним из таких событий стало опубликованное 4 июля текущего года обращение 239 ученых из 32 стран мира с открытым письмом к Генеральному директору Всемирной Организации Здравоохранения, в котором содержится информация о результатах научных исследований, подтверждающих возможность распространения коронавируса нового типа посредством мельчайших аэрозольных капель, длительное время удерживающихся в воздухе.

Туркменская сторона, основываясь на исследованиях медицинского научного сообщества Туркменистана, поддерживает вышеназванные научные результаты.

В этой связи следует отметить, что многолетние исследования туркменских медиков, экологов, специалистов в области гидрометеорологии и других сферах науки подтверждают, что опасные для здоровья человека вещества, в том числе вирусы, могут переноситься воздушными потоками в чувствительной экологической среде Центральной Азии.

Особую опасность при этом представляют воздушные массы, формирующиеся в зоне экологического бедствия, вызванного высыханием Аральского моря, которые оказывают крайне негативное воздействие на природу, климат, здоровье людей, проживающих в Приаралье и далеко за его пределами. Пыльно-солевые бури, переносящие особо вредные вещества со дна высохшего Аральского моря, распространяются на тысячи километров и представляют собой реальную опасность для жизни человека.

Сегодня в мире общеизвестна позиция Туркменистана по аральской проблематике. 22 июня 2012 года Президент Туркменистана, выступая на Саммите по устойчивому развитию «Рио+20», подчеркнул, что проблема Аральского моря в настоящее время «вышла далеко за пределы региона и обрела поистине глобальный характер».

Поэтому было предложено создание Специальной программы ООН для бассейна Аральского моря.

В целях практической реализации этого предложения мировым сообществом, в лице ООН, по инициативе Туркменистана 12 апреля 2018 года и 28 мая 2019 года были приняты две резолюции Генеральной Ассамблеи «О сотрудничестве между Организацией Объединенных Наций и Международным фондом спасения Арала (МФСА)», которые создали основу для многостороннего взаимодействия по решению проблем Арала на площадке ООН.

Развивая многостороннее взаимодействие на аральском направлении, в августе 2019 года на Шестой сессии Комитета по снижению риска бедствий Экономической и социальной комиссии ООН для Азии и Тихого океана (ЭСКАТО) был представлен проект концепции Специальной программы ООН для бассейна Аральского моря. По результатам рассмотрения этого документа был подготовлен проект резолюции ЭСКАТО по вопросам дальнейшей работы над указанной Специальной программой, рассмотрение которого планируется в рамках очередной сессии Комиссии в мае 2021 года.

Большое внимание решению проблем Аральского моря отведено и в проекте Региональной Программы по охране окружающей среды Центральной Азии для устойчивого развития, разработанном в рамках председательства Туркменистана в Международном фонде спасения Арала в 2017-2019 годах и одобренном решением Межгосударственной комиссии по устойчивому развитию МФСА в октябре 2019 года в г.Нукус, Республика Узбекистан.

Исходя из вышеизложенного, Министерство иностранных дел Туркменистана подчёркивает готовность туркменской стороны к продолжению широкого многостороннего сотрудничества на международном и региональном уровнях по борьбе с пандемией, в том числе и в вопросах детального изучения влияния экзогенных (природных) факторов на распространение коронавируса COVID-19.

В этих целях Туркменистан в ближайшее время предпримет ряд дальнейших практических шагов в рамках реализации достигнутых с международными партнёрами договорённостей, направленных на укрепление солидарности в борьбе с инфекцией нового типа.


МИД Туркменистана

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According to the Coordinating Council's decision, Georgia will open its borders without any conditions to 5 countries, - confirmed the advisor of Prime Minister, Irakli Chikovani, after the meeting of the Council.

• As you know, the European Union, on June 30, included Georgia on the list of safe countries and issued a recommendation on the possible reopening of borders to these countries. Based on said recommendation, the Government is holding bilateral negotiations on opening borders with relevant EU member states.

• Notably, based on the epidemiological situation in the world and Europe, some EU member states have, at this point, opted against opening borders to foreign citizens, including from the EU. And a 14-day quarantine at one's own expense is still mandatory upon arrival in a number of countries.

• Georgia is also monitoring the global picture and takes cautious steps to protect the health of its citizens.

• As of today, of the countries who have opened their borders to Georgia without reservation, Georgia, on the decision of the Interagency Coordination Council, will unconditionally open its borders to the following 5 countries:

1) Germany
2) France
3) Latvia
4) Lithuania
5) Estonia.

• As for other countries, in making this decision, the council considered the fact that several countries have opened their borders, among others, to states not listed by the EU as safe countries.

• The citizens/residents of the 5 countries above can only use direct flights to Georgia for any type of visit.

• Before crossing Georgia's border, they must fill a special e-form and list their travel history in the course of previous 14 days, also the location of their stay in Georgia, contact information, and others.

• With their consent, or in case thermal screening on the border reveals a temperature higher than 370, a PCR test will be performed at the airport.

• Also, testing and quarantine will be mandatory for those with a history of traveling to high-risk non-EU member states in the course of previous 14 days.

• All persons arriving in Georgia will, throughout their stay, maintain proactive communication with and receive care from a special call center group.

• As for other EU member states, who have not opened borders to Georgia, the status quo will be maintained by Georgia as well. Besides the 5 countries above, in the case of countries listing Georgia as a safe country or imposing various types of restrictions, their citizens will be able to enter Georgia as long as they complete a 14-day quarantine period at their own expense.

• Besides the 5 countries above, work on relevant procedures continue with the countries that have unconditionally opened their borders to Georgia.

• At this point, the following countries have not opened their borders to Georgia: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Norway, Malta, Finland, Switzerland, Czechia, Slovakia, and Hungary. Notably, a joint commission with Hungary has been established to work on the issue of movement reopening.

• Some countries (Italy, Cyprus, Iceland, and Slovenia) are ready to open their borders with certain restrictions, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for arrivals.

• Notably, the recommendations and the list of safe countries published by the EU will be reviewed every other week.

• Importantly, to encourage economic activities in Georgia, business trip from all countries will be allowed without reservation, based on a completed special form and coordination with relevant sectoral agencies. Business visitors to Georgia are obligated to complete a PCR test for COVID-19 at their own expense every 72 hours, or complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine, also at their own expense. Of course, that does not apply to the citizens/residents of the 5 countries enjoying unconditional border reopening with Georgia.

• Relevant e-forms mandatory for the citizens of the EU member states listed above, also for business visitors from any country, will be available on the Georgian Government's special website

• As for Georgian citizens, they, upon their return from any type of visit to EU member states, will be obligated to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine period. Importantly, our citizens must also consider the approaches to reopening borders as taken by the EU member states listed above.

• In addition, negotiations are underway with international airlines to resume air travel and regular flights with the 5 EU member states who have unconditionally reopened their borders to Georgia. In particular, an agreement has been reached with Lufthansa to carry out 2 flights a week to Munich starting in August. We are also negotiating with Air Baltic and Air France.

• In addition, we emphasize that, to ensure the orderly repatriation of Georgian citizens abroad, Wizz Air and MyWay Airlines will carry out flights from the following destinations in July:

Warsaw on July 13
Barcelona on July 15
Rome on July 17
Paris on July 22
Athens on July 28.

• The flights above will not cost Georgian citizens more than 200 euro.

• In addition, Georgian Airways, formerly Airzena, is carrying out commercial charter flights to the following capitals: Vienna, Amsterdam, and Tel Aviv.

• In addition, Qatar Airways will, in the next few days, carry out a one-off commercial charter flight from the capital city of Doha, to repatriate 105 Georgian citizens.

• Also, the presently applicable regulations will remain enforced on Georgia's land borders.

• The Government of Georgia continues active cooperation with partner EU member states. Based on the relevant recommendation, the rules for entering Georgia and for Georgian citizens entering various EU states will be reviewed jointly once every other week.

• The health and safety of citizens is our top priority, and each decision is made with this priority in mind. We will do everything to ensure maximal protection of the health of our citizens and the country's guests in Georgia.

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On 29 June, a five-day water monitoring survey started in Batumi, Georgia, organised by the EU-funded project ‘European Union Water Initiative Plus for the Eastern Partnership’ (EUWI+).

The survey is carried out by Georgian experts from the National Environmental Agency. It aims to assess the quality of coastal and transitional water ecosystems to help identify appropriate measures to protect water resources.

Apart from the survey, the EU also supports the upgrade of Batumi’s laboratory by organising training courses for experts and providing new state-of-the-art analysis equipment. This aims to improve Georgia’s capacities to manage its water resources.

Two similar surveys were held in September and November 2019. The surveys allowed the National Environmental Agency to determine the ecological status of coastal waters in the Chorokhi-Adjaristskali River Basin District.

The EUWI+ project helps Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to bring their legislation closer to EU water management policies, with a main focus on managing transboundary river basins.

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