President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulates the compatriots on Independence Day

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 12:08

I would like to congratulate you on Turkmenistan Independence Day, which is first time observed on September 27! Independence is a solid foundation of the state sovereignty, unity and solidarity of the nation, - the message of the Head of the State to the nation says.

New history of the Motherland, all our success and achievements have begun from the independence. That is why we are proud to celebration this day as national holiday reflecting creative spirit of the epoch and inspiring for achievement of high target.

The way we chose is a way of creation, which we take our country to high levels. We successfully implement large-scale programmes and social and economic, scientific and educational, social and political reforms aimed at prosperity of the country. industrial facilities, social and cultural objects, modern living, settlements and villages are built in all regions of the country under the Programme of the President.

Our integrated reforms consolidate the bases of sovereignty, provide steadfast, multilateral and dynamic development of the economy, support fundamental improvement of social protection of the populations, - the message mentions.

We restore the Great Silk Road in the third millennium laying new motor roads and railway, building seaports and transnational gas lines uniting the nations by the contacts in cultural, scientific, educational and sport spheres. In this context, such big projects as construction of Turkmenbashy International Seaport, Turkmenabat International Airport have been accomplished, the construction of afghan part of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas pipeline, Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan power and fibre optic line has been launched. We opened Serhetabat – Turgundy railroad. Cycling races, track and field competitions and Amul – Hazar 2018 International Rally have been successfully conducted along the roads of the Great Silk Route.

In addition, we out into operation the first combined cycle power station on the territory of Mary State Power Station, new petrochemical complex in Garabogaz, Ahal Velayat and other big facilities.

Our independent state acts in international relations under legal status of permanent neutrality for 23 years. Turkmenistan makes connection with the states and nations of the world based on the principles of friendship and good neighbourliness, which meet national interests and foreign course of the state. Independent Turkmenistan consolidates the efforts of the countries, international and regional organizations in improvement of peace and harmony of the planet, develops the relations based on mutual understanding and trust.

Such important facts as the selection of our neutral state as the member of the Bureau of the Internal Transport Committee of the United Nations European Economic Commission as well as the member of the Economic and Social Council for 2019 – 2021 have entered the chronicle of 2018. The Resolutions on support of international efforts for stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan and on Cooperation between the United Nations Organization and International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea have been adopted by the initiative of Turkmenistan. The World Bicycle Day will be observed annually on June 3 by our initiative as well. All these remarkable events became undisputable evidence of steadfast growth of international authority of neutral Turkmenistan, - the message of the President highlights.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

Vectors of steadfast development of Turkmenistan are outlined at the first session of the People’s Council

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 09:53

The first session of the People’s Council chaired by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was held in the capital on the threshold of the 27th anniversary of independence. The agenda of National forum, which is remarkable event in life of the country, included the discussion of priority objectives of further development of Turkmen state and society.

Being the highest representative authority acting accordingly to the Constitution of Turkmenistan based on universal democratic principles and rich historical practice of the nation, in new epoch, the People’s Council embodies unbreakable tie of times and generations, commitment of our independent neutral state to primordial traditions of true people’s power, to the way of peace and creation.

In the morning, the President of Turkmenistan went to the Ruhiyet Palace from Oguzkhan Presidential Palace Complex.

The participants welcomed President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on their feet with loud long-lasting applauses.

The head of the State went to the stage and warmly greeted numerous participants and guests of the forum, which is bright evidence of steadfast development of democratic processes in modern Turkmen society.

Addressing the participants, the Head of the State noted that as is known, the initiative about the establishment of representative people’ power authority – the Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan, has been proposed and unanimously approved at the session of the Council of elders held last year in Ahal velayat. Deputies of the Mejlis have discussed and adopted relative Constitutional Law.

Today, we have gathered for the first meeting of the People’s Council in order to discuss the most important subjects of the state and society life, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.

Elected members of the People’s Council, heads of the government authorities, political parties and public organizations, deputies of the Mejlis, hyakims of the velayats, etraps and cities, ambassadors of our country to foreign states, honoured elders, representatives of all layers of the population as well as invited guests take part in current session, the Head of the State continued.

The culmination came and President of Turkmenistan, chairman of the People’s Council Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov announced the opening of the first session of the People’s Council. National anthem of Turkmenistan was played.

After the anthem song, having noted that the participants have already had an opportunity to study the agenda, the President expressed the interest if there are any proposals or remarks on the subjects and documents to be discussed. With unanimous support of the participants of the forum, the Head of the State announced about the adoption of the agenda of the session of the People’s Council.

After, the President of Turkmenistan made a big programme speech, which has been listened with great attention and met with long-lasting applauses. 

After, the Head of the State suggested starting the discussion of the subjects of the agenda of national forum, having given the floor to the participants.

Tenant of Oraz Salyr Farming Association from Serkhas etrap of Ahal velayat Byashim Aydiyev, who was the first too speak, congratulated the President on coming 27th anniversary of the country.

It was highlighted that today, fundamental changes are taken in all branches of national economy including in agriculture, big progress is achieved in all directions. This session of the People’s Council will be written with golden letters to the chronicle of the country as it reviews the reforms in agricultural complex taking into account future perspective. In his speech, the President of Turkmenistan has also outlined coming objectives, made number of proposals aimed at the wealth of people together with summing up of the outcomes of completed work. We are confident that new success would be achieved after completion of these targets, the speaker said. 

Turkmenistan has all opportunities for integrated development of agriculture, introduction of latest scientific developments, cultivation of various agricultural crops according to soil and climate conditions, use of land and water resources. It cause further improvement of social and living conditions of rural population.

Opening of the new farms, joint stock ventures and private companies gives wide opportunities for reformation of the agricultural production and producing good yields. In this context, B. Aydiyev on behalf of all farmers expressed the support of the proposal of the Head of the State on the foundation of special land agricultural fund for further improvement of efficiency of the industry with regards to transfer to market relations and on stimulation of agricultural producers as well as on leasing of the land plots from this fund for 99 years.

It was also highlighted that food abundance has been reached in the country and Turkmenistan has joined the number of grain exporting countries. Grain and cotton production is on high demand at foreign markets, which plays important role in development of national economy.

After, the floor was given to the Senior Specialist of the Institute of strategic and Sustainable Development of the Ministry of Finances and Economy Ayan Achylova. The spokesperson said that national economy has reached high levels. Our country keeps leading positions among the states of the world by the GDP growth rates.

Successful realization of social programmes, steadfast increment of the income of the population, salary wages, pensions, students scholarships, government allowances, creation of thousands new working places indicate significant improvement of social and living conditions of life of people and practical fulfilment of the SDGs. About 80 percent of the State budget is allocated for social sphere, which guarantees the provision of wealth of Turkmen citizens.

The Head of Turkmenistan carries out fundamental work for diversification of national economy, transfer to digital economy, reasonable use of natural resources of the country. Large facilities of regional and international significance are built and put into operation, which gives wide opportunities for improvement of work production and increment of export potential.

It was mentioned that from the first days of his elections as the Head of the State, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov outlined the formation of solid base in the country for socially oriented market economy. In the conditions when national economy is based on market relations, the necessity of their rational and efficient use appears. The growth of income and social and living conditions of the population give opportunity for introduction of payment for the services that our people use free.

A. Achylova said that Turkmen economists entirely support everything what was said at current session of the People’s Council about key directions of social and economic development of the country.

Policy for reformation of agricultural complex pursued by the Head of the State is aimed at fundamental improvement of food independence of the motherland on innovative base, growth of incomes, bringing of competitive national production to the world markets. Modern profile facilities are built, the activity of processing enterprises is arranged in this direction in all regions of the country.

Chairman of Sadulla Rozmetov Agricultural Joint Stock Venture Kamil Rozmetov from S. A. Niyazov, Dashoguz Velayat on behalf of agricultural personnel of the country cordially congratulated the Head of the State and all participants on the start of work of the People’s Council and coming 27th anniversary of independence.

It was highlighted that current national forum would enter the history as the event that predicted new beginnings for the sake of the future of the Motherland and our people.

Owing to the care of the Head of the State, all conditions are made in the country for fruitful work of people, generous yields received by the farmers, their wealthy life. Proposal on revision of the state purchase prices for wheat and cotton encouraged the farmers. Steadfast reformation of agricultural complex, deserving appreciation of work of the farmers would increase their enthusiasm and willing to work in the fields.

The farmers entirely support the proposal given by the Head of Turkmenistan that 70 percent of lands allocated by the state from new land fund would be used for the crops included into the state objective on contractual base while the excess of the yield and other agricultural crops cultivated on remaining land plots would be left for the farmers discretion.

After, the floor was given to tenant of Akgala Farmign Association from Halach etrap, Lebap Velayat Maral Gurbanova. Having cordially congratulated President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and all participants on the 27th anniversary of Turkmenistan Independence and start of work of the People’s Council, the spokesperson noted that huge work has been done in the country for relatively short historical period. From the first days of his activity on the highest government post, the Head of Turkmenistan pays great attention to development of the capital and velayats where integrated reforms are carried out. Modern living is built together with other different facilities.

The tenant highlighted that development of agricultural industry is under permanent care of Turkmen leader. It is indicated by the construction of facilities for production of mineral fertilizers. “Garabogazcarbamid” plant with output capacity of 1,155,000 tons of production in Balkan Velayat is one of the examples. These facilities will completely provide national agriculture with high quality mineral fertilizers as well as will allow Turkmenistan to be the exporter of chemical production. At the same time, new working places will be created with the opening of the facilities. 

On behalf of the farmers, M. Gurbanova expressed entire support to the proposal of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on openign of farms for growing and processing of fruits and vegetables, private livestock complexes, provision such facilties with land plots and granting of beneficial credits for procurement of modern machines and equipment.

The spokesperson said that it is great honour for her to speak from this high tribune not only on behalf of the farmers but also on behalf of all women of the country. This year, the Head of the State presented Turkmen people with excellent book “Worshiping of Mother – Worshiping of Saint”.

Resident of Serdar city, Balkan velayat retired Rejepmyrat Allanurov congratulated President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and people of the country on the first session of the People’s Council of Turkmenistan as well as on the 27th anniversary of independence on behalf of the representatives of elder generation participating in this forum.

R. Allanurov noted that convening of the People’s Council embodies unbreakable relation of times and generation, invariable commitment of our nations to advices of the ancestors and democratic fundamentals.

Continuing his speech, senior citizen noted that today, built and reconstructed medical centres and sanatoriums are at disposal of elder generation of Turkmenistan citizens. Health protection facilities, living and municipal, transport and communication spheres have various benefits for them. Pensions and state allowance are paid on time and there amounts are growing every year.

On behalf of elder generation, R. Allanuraov supported the proposals of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for rational use of natural reserves especially about the regulation of the payment for gas, electricity, water and salt.

R. Allanurov highlighted that informative speech of the President of Turkmenistan caused huge inspiration of all participants of current session and the elders of the country unanimously support and approve important decision taken at the forum and the beginnings initiated by the head of the State aimed at further prosperity of the Motherland.

Deputy Head of Rovshen Private Enterprise from Mary YAgmyr Khanov was the next to make speech at the session. On behalf of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the businessman warmly congratulated President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and all participants of the forum with coming Independence Day and the People’s Council.

Having highlighted the importance of large-scale activity of the Head of the State, the spokesman noted that owing to integrated changes, private sector is developing at high rates together with all spheres of national economy.

It was mentioned that local businessmen do great work for expansion of the variety of produced goods, reaching of their competiveness at the world markets, delivery of agricultural equipment, development of new lands, construction of hothouses, development of livestock and poultry farming. Activity of Turkmen businessmen in construction, textile industry, education and tourism spheres, advertisement and publishing is a matter of great pride. They build the facilities not only in our country but in fraternal foreign sates as well demonstrating excellent traditions of national architecture.

Private sector makes significant contribution to provision of food abundance. It is pleasant to realize that production of wide spectrum of import substitutive goods has been arranged in the country. 

Expressing full support of the entrepreneurs to the proposals given in the speech of the Head of the State, Ya. Khanov also noted that transit of the economy of Turkmenistan to market relations requires careful, rational and efficient use of national natural reserves.

Continuing the discussion of the subejects of the agenda of national forum, the floor was given to master of Balkan Shipyard of Turkmenbashy International Seaport Berdimammet Ashyrov who highlighted that owing to the care of the President, social and living level of people is improved, wide-scale economic projects and beginnings of international significance, which attracts the attention of the world community, are realized. 

Huge work is carried out for development of transport and communication sphere, system of international transport and transit corridors in West – East and North – South directions is established. Modern air routes, railway and motor roads, maritime and river lines became the symbols of friendship and solidarity between the nations.

Having completed big projects of regional and continental importance in transport sector, our country confirmed its commitment to the principles of wide international cooperation. It is indicated by the railways Kazakhstan – Turkmenistan – Iran, Serhetabat – Turgundy, opening of the first part of Asian International railway corridor Kerky – Imamnazar – Akina as well as automobile and railway bridges Kerky – Kerychy and Turkmenabat – Farab across Amudarya River.

Being the representatives of maritime transport of the country, B. Ashyrov made special mention of large-scale work carried out by Turkmen leader for development of national commercial fleet and turning of Turkmenbashy International Seaport into one of the modern and largest port complexes in the region.

After, Deputy Commander of Border Guard division of the State Border Guard Service Eziz Charieyv made a speech.

On behalf of the personnel of national Armed Forces, the delegate of th forum congratulated President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Army General Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and all participants on the 27th anniversary of independence and start of work of the People’s Council.

The speaker focused on book of the President “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road” which gives valuable historical information including on such spiritual and moral merits primordially inherent to our nation as courage, patriotism, bravery and dedication. The officer highlighted that our defenders of the Motherland keep faith to wise advices of the ancestors and are proud that they are entrusted to fulfil this responsible objective to stay on guard of the Motherland.

On behalf of Turkmen military personnel, E. Chariyev assured President of Turkmenistan, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Army General Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov that they would continue stay on guard protecting the peace and life of native land and put all efforts to represent National Army at the ceremonial parade on occasion of the Independence Day.

After, the floor was given to second grade student of Turkmen State Institute of Finances Durdymuhammet Orazgulieyv and third grade student of Turkemn Agricultural University Doydul Gujiyeva, which on behalf of young generation congratulated the Head of the State and participants of the session on the 27th anniversary of independence. The speakers highlighted that they are sincerely glad that they take part in the session of the People’s Council where important objectives of the state and society are discussed. 

It was highlighted that formation of innovative system of national scientific and educational spheres, creation of the conditions for implementation of intellectual potential of youth are the most priority directions of the state policy of Turkmenistan. This the source of prosperity of Turkmen people, driving force of the state that defines the future of the generations.

The Concept of development of distant education, programme of teaching of foreign languages, introduction of advanced methods of teaching and computer technologies, international cooperation and close partnership relations with the leading foreign scientific and educational centres initiated by the President and successfully implemented outline new level in improvement of national education system. Significant success and acheivements in this field are recognized throughout the world. 

Finishing the speech, the speakers assured that young generation would continue using the Head of the State and his grandfather Berdymuhamed Annayev as examples making deserving contribution to the prosperity of the country by excellent study, scientific achievements and hard work.

Summing up the discussion, the President of Turkmenistan expressed the gratitude to all who spoke on the subjects of the agenda and took active part in the work of the session. Having stated that all speakers supported the initiatives proposed at current national forum, the Head of the State also highlighted that all proposals and remarks would be reviewed.

Turkmen leader noted that various proposals have been highlighted in the speeches of the participants of the People’s Council. Similar proposals was coming from the residents of all velayats for the year. In this context, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that the documents that were drafted and adopted on their basis entirely meet the goals of development of the state and society for short and long-term perspective. 

Conclusions of the head of the State on the necessity of comprehensive modernization of agriculture by the improvement of the management, rational use of land and water resources, introduction of scientifically based crops rotation, advanced technologies and innovations received support in the speeches of the participants of the forum.

In this regard, the Head of the State expressed the confidence that implementation of relevant document adopted in this direction would give good results. Having noted the importance of this document, the President of Turkmenistan, Chairman of the People’s Council signed the Resolution on Further Improvement of Reforms in Agriculture.

Taking into account the approval of national forum, the President signed the Resolutions on Regulation of provision of the population of Turkmenistan with electricity, gas, drinking water and salt as well as on regulation of the utilities payment.

Addressing the participants of the session, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that all organizational issues of the activity of the People’s Council are regulated in full compliance with Constitutional Law on the People’s Council of Turkmenistan. The Head of the State highlighted that work of national forum is based on the principles of democracy, transparency, justice, supremacy of law, priority of universal standards of international law, equal rights of individual and citizens under the law, respect of rights and freedoms of people, free discussion and taking of decisions and taking into account public opinion.

The President also informed that he signed relative documents on award of the citizens who distinguished in their work with the State awards and conferring of honoured titles. The award ceremony will take place on September 26. The awards will be presented by the Chairperson of the Mejlis and Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers based on the branches they supervise.

After, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that next session of the People’s Council, which also would review priority issues of state and social life, would be held next year. Having suggested to hold it on September 25, 2019 in Ashgabat, the Head of the State signed relevant Resolution.

We would discuss number of important subjects related to the provision of conditions for further development of the country and prosperous life of people as well as would define the ways of successful fulfilment of adopted programmes, the President said.

After, the Head of the State spoke with the final speech to the participants of the forum, having highlighted that creative spirit of the nation aimed at the development of the country, confident move forward along the way of economic and social achievements is revealed clearly in modern historical age. It was comprehensively demonstrated at the first session of the People’s Council where the success of the country has been discussed.

We outlined the directions of Turkmenistan development for short and long-term perspective, which was reflected in programme documents adopted at current session. We ensured in the main thing during current representative forum that the nation intends to put all efforts, knowledge, work and abilities for successful realization of scientifically based programmes of social and economic development of country, Turkmen leader noted.

Realization of the plans would take Turkmenistan to the rank of developed states of the world with efficient economy based on innovative standards and with high level of life. Current session proved that we would be able to manage with honour these objectives and would gain success on the way to achievement of noble goals, the Head of the State emphasized.

Summing up the outcomes of national forum and stated that subjects of the agenda were highlighted, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed sincere gratitude to the delegates of the People’s Council for active participation in their discussion.

Having addressed sincere congratulations on Turkmenistan Independence Day to all participants, the Head of the State wished everybody strong health and further success in their creative activity.

At this moment, the President of Turkmenistan announced the session of the People’s Council closed.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will pay a working visit to USA

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Monday, 24 September 2018 16:23

From September 29 to October 2, 2018, the Government delegation headed by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will pay a working visit to New York, United States of America to participate in the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly which will be held in the UN Headquarters.  

It is expected that, the President will have high-level meetings in accordance with the program of the visit. Moreover, according to the instructions of the Head of State, Turkmen-American business council format meetings will be organized.      

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will voice our country’s priority areas in further cooperation with the UN in the upcoming global forum that will be organized within the framework of UN General Assembly.   Steadily implementing the strategy of extensive international cooperation, neutral Turkmenistan attaches significant attention to strategic partnership with the UN.    Neutral Turkmenistan gets actively involved in common efforts in developing mutually agreed solutions to currently existing key issues and considers the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly as an important step to further consolidate international efforts in addressing key issues of global agenda. Turkmenistan is strongly and permanently committed to cooperation in the field of security for further disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Our country is for enhancing international system to counter terrorism in which the UN is a major coordinating center. The efforts of Turkmenistan are aimed at working jointly to seek effective mechanism to coordinate activities in combating drugs and their precursors trafficking.   

Turkmenistan actively works on implementing Sustainable Development Goals which were adopted at the UN Summit in September, 2015, in New York. More particularly, Turkmenistan is among pioneers that adopted officially all 17 SDGs, 148 targets and 194 indicators.    

Turkmenistan puts forward concrete initiatives in sustainable transport development, energy and climate change, as well as advocates considering and addressing water and environment issues in Central Asia on the basis of universally acknowledged norms of international law, taking into account interests of all countries of the region and with the participation of international organizations.

In the present world political, economic and social processes the youth becomes strategic resource determining not only state development but also entire international relations in the long-term perspective.   

Therefore, in the context of achieving Sustainable Development Goals, Turkmenistan puts forward the initiative to establish Global partnership for protecting youth’s interests.      

The foregoing priority positions, the consistent implementation of initiatives and proposals that were put forward at various international forums, will be crucial in developing Turkmenistan’s approaches to promote cooperation with all member states of the Organization, UN bodies, its agencies and specialized institutions during the 73rd session of the General Assembly. 

Turkmenistan welcomes close international cooperation in solving actual problems of our time, expresses a firm readiness to work together for the sake of affirming the high ideals of peace and justice, realizing the goals and tasks facing the United Nations Organisation.

Turkmenistan teams – the bronze winners of the international rally

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 19:52

The Amul-Hazar 2018 International rally, held on the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan, completed. The two teams from Turkmenistan took the third place of the competition that aroused keen interest all around the world. As is known, the President of Turkmenistan participated in the international tournament at the start, driving vehicle No. 100. The crew, driving vehicle No. 100 won the third place. The driver of this car – Hodjaguly Annamammedov – is a driver at the motor transport enterprise of the Administration of the President of Turkmenistan, sportsman of the motor sports centre of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkmenistan; the co-pilot – sportsman Gaygysyz Akmyradov – the officer of the motor vehicle administration of the Ministry of Defense of Turkmenistan.

Sports car No. 104 driven by pilot – Guvanchmyrat Hommadov – a sportsman at the motor sports centre of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkmenistan and co-pilot Redjepniyaz Annaberdiev won the third place of the T2-2 international racing.

 The state news agency of Turkmenistan

Fourth leg of the race is completed

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 17:45

The participants of Amul – Hazar 2018 rally have reached the last 4th camping site named «Sport Meýdançasy».

The fourth leg of the racers was not that difficult for the participants, however , it was very emotional as the previous one. Harry Hunter and Wouter Rosgaar have returned to leading position, having moved Hani Roma and Aleks Haro to the second position. Belarusian MAZ of Sergey Vyazovich is on the third place – heavy track finished 1.5 minute behind Spanish MINI.

Upon arrival to the camp, the racers were greeted by national choreographic and music ensembles. After the dinner, the guests were able to see natural attractions of Balkan Velayat and discover the beauties and obstacles on their way to Avaza.

Balkan Velayat is the largest region in Turkmenistan. The biggest part of its territory is occupied by Karakum Desert. There are sand dunes and salt pits, clay and wormwood parts of the desert. This lands have wonderful monuments of the world history. Dehistan, the largest centre of ancient culture of Central Asian in downstream of Atrek river, is one of them. Archaeological findings made in this territory prove that irrigated farming was developed in this place in the III BC and that it was the main activity of local residents. Amudarya River was the main source of water. However, the river has changed its course and only 500 kilometres of dry riverbed of the Uzboy from Sarykamysh Trough to Caspian Sea have remained. The flow of water has stopped in the middle of I BC but one of the branches of the Silk Road – caravan route connecting the East and the West, used to run along dry riverbed for long time. The remains of caravansaries dated X – XIII centuries are discovered on the banks of Uzboy River.

The unique city of Dehistan is represented by picturesque towers of ancient settlements, its monuments dated by X – XII centuries as well as by the mosque of early Islamic period in Mashat graveyard. Once upon a time, the city was developed mediaeval centre on the caravan route between Khoresm and Hyrcania.

Dehistan is the most important mediaeval oasis in the southwestern part of Turkmenistan. The city of Misrian (Misr or Messorian), which reached its highest development during the Khoresm shakhs, was located in these lands in VIII – XIV centuries. Numerous ruins of various facilities remained until our days indicate its former magnificence.

Several caravansaries located around the settlements behind the fortress wall pointed at the location of the city gates, which in the turn show the directions of caravan routes from the city. The city remained until our days almost destroyed and majority of its buildings are covered with desert sand, however, taking into account that this is exactly the place where famous poem of Firdausi ‘Shahname’ was written in this place, the city represents special historical and cultural value.

Gozly-Ata Mausoleum is also known around the world. It is located 157 km away from Turkmenbashy in picturesque place surrounded by pink, greenish, reddish rocks of wonderful shape and beauty.

Natural attractions of Balkan Velayat are also interesting. Its western part is occupied by seaside lowlands bordered by the mountain ranges of Big and Small Balhans and western spurs of Kopetdag Mountains on the east. Wonderful natural places – the Yangikala canyons, are located in the northwest of the region. From Turkmen language, ‘yangikala’ is translated as fire fortress. The canyons received such name foe red colours prevailing in the rocks. Depending of the time of the day and lighting, the colour of the mountains changes in front of the eyes from cold blue in the early morning gloom to all shades of red blazing in the dusk.

The canyons represent unbelievable beautiful picture. Once upon a time, there were the waters of ancient sea. The sea has gone, having exposed sharp banks and huge hills. Waves, winds and rains created fantastic castles, towers and walls there. The bottom of the canyons is flat and stretches for hundred kilometres.

Kemal-Ata is another wonderful place. It has a spring where the shepherds bring the flocks of sheep and camels for drinking. The walls of the canyon are decorated with elipse and round stones looking like dinosaurs’ eggs.

Around 30 mud volcanos Aligul, Boyadag, Gyokpatlawuk, Boiling Hill and other are located nearby. They all have various shapes and periodically erupt the mixture of mud, gases, water and oil to surface.

Balkan Velayat also plays leading role in industrial development of turkmensitan where processing of natural reserves based on modern technologies is diversified, projects in petrochemical, chemical, oil production industries are implemented.

The participants of the race will reach the coast of Caspian sea and cross finish line in Avaza National tourist zone on September 15. Grandiose eco rally raid Amul – Hazar 2018 will finish at the central square of the resort. The winners will receive the awards and prizes. The rest of the racers will also get memorable gifts and certificates of the participants of Turkmen Desert Race.

The President of Turkmenistan takes part in the opening ceremony of 2018 Amul – Hazar Competitions

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 10:17

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is currently on working trip to Lebap Velayat, took part in the events dedicated to the start of International rally Amul – Hazar 2018.

This ecological rally raid along historical Silk Road, which used to run in the ancient times across our country connecting people, states and regions of Eurasian continent.

In our days, Turkmenistan not only revive the Silk Road in its new role - it becomes important transport hub of the region and turns into big international logistic centre. These intensions are steadily implemented due to favourable geographic location and transport policy of the Head of the State who makes topical initiatives and takes practical measures for their promotion.

For these purpose, transport infrastructure meeting international standards is created in the country, new highways and transnational railroads, railway and automobile bridges and new airports are built are built. Two big transit and transport facilities have been opened only for 2018, which is held in Turkmenistan under slogan “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road”. These are Turkmenbashy International Seaport and Turkmenabat Airport.

New airport in Lebap Velayat is not only to satisfy growing demands of the region in air transportation services but also to highlight the status of the city on the bank of Amudarya River as an administration centre of the region, which turns into big industrial cluster of Turkmenistan these days. This city is the successor of ancient Amul, which used to be the crossroad of the routes to Iran, India and Eastern Europe. This is also the place where the rally will start running across all velayats of the country, great Karakum Desert and will finish in Avaza on the Caspian coast, the Hazar, as it was called in the past.

These days, Turkmenabat welcomes numerous guests from different parts of the world – the participants of the competitions, team members, journalists. Last preparation were made in starting camp before more than 80 crews have started their journey. They had thorough technical inspection certifying the vehicle and all gears (helmet, coverall, gloves, footwear) for the compliance with set standards.

In the afternoon, Turkmenabat hosted the briefing with the participation of Jean Louis Schlesser, Director of the race Rene Metz and famous sportsmen of the rally. The first road maps were handed over to the crew members.

Instructions on use of the GPS on the routes and other recommendations have been given as well as the rules and other details have been highlighted at the briefing. For example, Mr Schlesser made special mention that if the crew would help out to other team, which is in trouble on the route, the time spent for rendering of such help, will not be counted at the finish. The completion of the races has not exclude mutual support and help. Amul – Hazar rally has to be exemplary in this aspect. Referees of the competitions have been also introduced at the briefing. Mass media representatives from 25 countries took part in the briefing.

Colossal organization work was carried out from the beginning of the preparation of the rally, which has been launched by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at the same place at the wall of ancient Amul Stronghold in Turkmenabat. Numerous presentations, which attracted keen interest of the world community to this unique project, have been held in foreign countries. It was just a matter of hours until the start of the race. It was forestalled by the parade of the participants of the competitions.

The ceremony took place at Baydak Square with the main flagpole of Lebap Velayat. Turkmenistan State Flag was flying on 100 meters height. Welcome signboards, bright banners with landscapes of Turkmen desert and symbols of the competitions were installed along the road to the square. The image of Vepaly the alabay, the symbol of the Asian Games, which was loved by everybody and who did not leave us after the completion of those competitions but entered new 2018, having become the symbol of the year of the Do, has also been displayed on the banners.

Tribune and arch-shaped construction, huge monitors and music systems have been installed on the square. Celebration atmosphere was created by joint popular orchestra of Lebap Velayat. Many people gathered at the square, as this is very important event in the history of the city and country.

The Speaker of the Parliament, Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, heads of military and law enforcement agencies, ministries and deprtments, representatives of public organizations, foreign and national media, foreign ambassadors to Turkmenistan, businessmen and cultural personnel, Hyakim of Lebap Velayat, local residents and the elders gathered at the square. Everybody met the motorcade of the Head of the State with great enthusiasm.

The master of the ceremony gave floor to the President of Turkmenistan.

The Head of the State addressed the participants of the events with welcoming speech and congratulated cordially on the starting rally.

We make this international sport holiday named Amul – Hazar 2018 and welcome the sportsmen who came from other countries to participate in the competitions and all guests in Turkmen land, the Head of the State said.

In his speech, the President of Turkmenistan described the route of the rally, which total length is 1,571 kilometres.

Having congratulated the participants on the beginning of the rally and wished them success, the Head of the State invited French guest Jean Louis Schlesser, the General Director and Organizer of the famous Africa Eco Race who is also known as two-times winner of the World sport races and two-times winner of Paris – Dakar.

The Head of the State went to the tribune in front of special podium installed for ceremonial parade of the racing teams.

Jean Louis Schlesser entered the square on white convertible Lincoln. Having driven across the podium he broke in front of the tribune and addressed Turkmen leader, having at first expressed the gratitude for his idea about Amul – Hazar 2018 rally.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is big supporter of sports especially the motor races. Therefore, the sportsmen in this discipline and organizers of the competitions was very lucky, Mr Schlesser said. As a leader of organization team, he also expressed the gratitude for significant assistance and efficient support of great work that has been done for six months.

“I would like to express the gratitude to all participants who came, as coing together of more than 500 people of 25 nationalities for sedute competition is a feat”, - Mr Schlesser continued, having mentioned that excellent crews and racers with the world names have gathered there.

The gratitude has also been expressed to those who was involved in preparation work and in conduct of the rally, the specialists from Europe and Turkmenistan. 
In the end, Mr Schlesser wished successful race until the finish in Hazar to all crews.

After, the Head of the State gave start to ceremonial parade of the participants of International rally Amul – Hazar 2018.

The master of ceremony started announcing the countries and names of the racers. The parade was opened by the sportsmen of Turkmen team as the hosts of the competitions who drove across the podium on four light vehicles. Total, there will be 15 Turkmen crews in the rally.

After, the rest of the teams from dozens of the world countries drove by in alphabetic order. There were more than 150 pilots and navigators, most of them will compete in mixed composition, in other words, international teams.

The vehicles drove by the podium for about one and hag hour shining with polished bodies and nickel details under the beams of stage lights. There were many brands like Mini, Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, BMW, Peugeot, Opel, Porsche, Land Rover, Suzuki, Chrysler and other, the most reliable vehicle of the world motor industry. Undoubtedly, their engines and drives are totally different from regular series vehicles, which has only the same body. This is because the vehicles for the rally are reinforced, improvised and strengthened. Special crush protections are mounted, seats are replaced, fire suppression system is installed. 

The convoy of heavy vehicles drove by the podium. These were unconditional leaders among the heavy weights like KAMAZ, MAZ, GAZ, MAN. The procession was closed up by the crew of Turkmenistan national team again.

After the events, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov left the place of the event.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

President of Turkmenistan Opens Prologue of Amul – Hazar 2018 Rally Raid

Published in World
Thursday, 13 September 2018 10:12

The Amul – Hazar 2018 rally raid started in the administrative center of Lebap province. On the eve of the competition, the crews underwent administrative checks and technical inspections, reviewed the course and received the race map containing the route list and the map of the area crossed by the rally course.

Under the regulations of the rally raid, the parc fermé with restricted access was created in the paddock where the crews brought their vehicles early in the morning. Embarking on their journey towards the starting line, the participants began preparations for the prologue, a qualification round that determines the starting order at the first stage of the rally. The prologue covers the distance of 9 km.

The motorcade of the President of Turkmenistan arrived at the venue of the official start of the race where the crews, technical staff, event organizers and supervisors, reporters and numerous guests gathered. The chair of the National Parliament, vice premiers, heads of military and law enforcement authorities and the governor of Lebap province were among the attendees.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulated everyone on the start of the rally and opened the prologue, racing with number 10 on his sports car along the special track to once again demonstrate his brilliant driving skills.

Then President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov spoke with the director general of the Africa Eco Race who was involved in implementing the Amul – Hazar 2018 project, Jean-Louis Schlesser.

Eco rally raid Amul – Hazar 2018 starts in Lebap Velayat

Published in World
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 18:29

Amul – Hazar 2018 rally has started in Lebap Velayat. As is known, this unprecedented race along the Silk Road has been initiated by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

The fact of conducting Amul – Hazar 2018 rally, where the races from all over the world wished to participate, is another evidence of high international authority of Turkmenistan and recognition of the policy of peace, friendship and good neighbourliness pursued steadily by the Leader of the Nation.

Owing to the attention and efforts of the Head of the State, this grandiose project has been implemented six month after the idea of its organization has been proposed. Finally, this day has come! Racers from more than 20 countries like Great Britain, France, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Italy, Saudi Arabia and other have come to the city of Amudarya River. Geographical scale of the journalists and reporters, dozens of competent news agencies and international channels, sports internet portals is even bigger. From today, foreign spectators would be able to see the races by TV with their own eyes.

On the day before, the crews underwent administrative and technical inspections and studied the route. They have received the road maps composed of the road summary and location map, which the route runs through. Safety regulations, terms of the competitions and other details have been explained to the leaders of the race at the briefing. Ceremonial parade of the participants of the race received by Turkmen leader took place in the evening.

According to the rules of the rally, the start zone is subject to enclosed parking mode (area with limited access) where the crews brought their vehicles early in the morning. Shortly, everybody went to the starting point where the preparation to the first qualification round, the preface races, which defines starting positions of the first leg of the rally. The distance of qualification leg is 9 kilometres.

Before going to the start position, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has donned his racing gear and made technical preparation of the vehicle.

Having arrived in his starting position, the Head of the State opened qualification round having driven his vehicle No. 100 on special track.

Being experienced sportsman and supporter of healthy life style, the President gives personal inspiring example to his compatriots especially to the youth. On that day, the Head of the State has demonstrated again his outstanding sport driving skills – his vehicle with number ‘100’ on the side has run off-road without reducing the speed at the turns and taking over natural obstacles.

After the leg, the President of Turkmenistan has a conversation with General Director of Africa Eco Race rally who was involved in implementation of Amul – Hazar 2018 project Jean Louis Schlesser who asked the Head of the State to share his impressions about the preface round.

In return, Turkmen leader congratulated famous racer on this sport events that started on the banks of Amudarya River. “Speaking of the track, it is obvious that like any other sportsman I was completely concentrated on it”, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.

Jean Louis Schlesser asked the opinion of the Head of the State about this grandiose event – International rally Amul – Hazar 2018 with the participation of numerous guests and about general idea of these competitions.

- Sport is always good as it unites the nations and countries. This is stability and peace on the planet. Therefore, I think that current competitions, where numerous sportsmen from different countries came, is great holiday. Eco rally raid Amul – Hazar 2018 is very important. Its name speaks that Turkmenistan has always been the heart of the Silk Road, which is revived in new format in our days. The participants of the competition will see historical route from Amul to Hazar with their own eyes; they will enjoy the beauty f the nature and landscapes of Turkmen land, its ancient monuments. The main route runs across Karakum Desert, which exoticism will inspire and give power to our guests, as I think, - the Head of the State answered.

Special attention has been paid to ecological status of the rally during the conversation. As this type of competitions is related with harmful CO2 emission, all ecological issues have been outlined among priority aspects during organization of the rally, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said. Turkmenistan always pays great attention to environment protection in its policy, the Head of the State said, having highlighted that the participants of Amul – Hazar 2018 rally were provided with environmentally friendly fuel ECO 5 produced in Turkmenistan.

We also plan to produce environmentally friendly synthetic gasoline from natural gas, which will allow providing future development of this sport. The processes on the planet like global warming, natural disasters, etc., cause the formation of ecological responsibility and principle of careful treatment of the environment in the society. In this context, Turkmen leader highlighted that the United Nations General Assembly adopted relative Resolutions initiated by Turkmenistan.

Jean Louis Schlesser assured the Head of the State in the readiness and high interest of Africa Eco Race Organization in cooperation with our country as well as in the intent to tell to the whole world about the efforts taken by Turkmenistan to solve environment protection problems.

- Together with you, we have touched upon the subjects of eco rally raid related to ecological issues and environment, which is very topical today around the world, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov mentioned. The route of the rally Amul – Hazar 2018 is another important aspect. We give birth to new Silk Road, which plays significant role in transport and transit corridors sphere, formation of multimodal system and creation of modal highway and this is the main thing, the Head of the State highlighted. This is a matter of geo-economy and geo-politics and our initiatives f transport and transit corridors field were supported by relative Resolutions of the United Nations General assembly, the Head of the State highlighted.

Having expressed Jean Louis Schlesser for his significant work, the President noted high professional level of organisation team of current international competitions, having addressed them gratitude and wished success, happy journey and new achievements to the sportsmen.

The Head of the State and Jean Louis Schlesser exchanged the visions of special features of the route of Amul – Hazar 2018 race. French professional stated high organizational level of the competitions, having expressed the gratitude again to Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for support and personal participation as well as for the time spared for the conversation.

In the meantime, qualification races took place.

Thereafter, the first leg of the competitions, which distance is 247 kilometres, has started.

The vehicles of the participants of the rally, all 83 crews, took their positions on the start line of the first part and shortly, headed their way in equal intervals. The race has started!

Peculiar journey to the history of Turkmen nation has started together with the race as beside sport component of the competitions, the project Amul – Hazar 2018 has very important cultural mission opening an excellent opportunity to introduce unique heritage of the country to the world. Ancient settlement of Amul located next to the entry to Turkmenabat became the starting point of the rally raid.

Once upon a time, it used to be rich trade city with loud bazaars and boiling life in caravansaries. One of the main directions of the Silk Road run via this place. Diplomatic, economic, scientific relations between the West and East countries were supported along the track. The caravans of camels loaded with various goods were the main means of international cooperation and were protected by the rulers as saturating the markets of the countries they supported economic development.

Amul appeared in the flood plain of great Amudarya River in I – IV centuries as one of strategically important locations of Kushan Empire. Event today, melted walls of its palace and stronghold, which was used just 100 years ago, raise above the plain. The development of the city falls on IX – XII centuries when its ‘rabad’ (trade and industrial district) has reached 175 hectares in size, having become the crossroad of the main trade routes of the region.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov notes in his book “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road” that active international contacts could not help influencing the development of cultures of various nations, through which countries they were made. That is why the Silk Road was one of the most important achievements of ancient civilizations, which allowed connecting various nations on huge spaces from Europe to China in the history of humankind. Therefore, it is quite obvious that it is not a certain city or monument but the Silk Road itself as historical and cultural phenomenon and as series of facilities, which were proposed for nomination to the World Heritage List by the UNESCO Committee proposal. Each country participating in this nomination including Turkmenistan have chosen several dozens of caravansaries, ancient strongholds, local sanctuaries and other facilities related to the main caravan routes.

It includes Amul as well, to touch the history of which the participants of the rally are able, having left from this place as a caravans in the old days through the space and time to Ancient Merv and the country of Margush. Of course, the speeds are different today and capability of equipment grow every day but the concept of transport remains the same. This is the movement and unification! This is the opening of new horizons and opportunities! This is the intent to prosperity and progress! All these ideas have been laid into the foundation of transport policy of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Caravan of racing vehicles painted with the flags and emblems of Amul – Hazar 2018 rally will be another conductor of this policy, having announced about Turkmenistan to the world as the country willing for wide international cooperation and search for new ways of rapprochement, communication and solution of common universal objectives.

Undoubtedly, the sport is a core of the versatility of this project uniting various dimensions and concepts. Will to win and healthy spirit of the competitions, which are the main target of sport development in our country, is one of them.

The idea of International rally, mass field and track cross and cycling race along the Silk Road proposed by Turkmen leader was accepted enthusiastically by all compatriots but the sportsmen were the most enthusiastic and expressed deep gratitude to the Leader of the Nation for his care and attention. At this competition, our country was represented by 15 teams from the Motor Sports Centre of the Ministry of Interior and National Motor Sports Federation, which were selected during qualification round in May this year. The President of Turkmenistan took part in that races himself, having demonstrated an outstanding result.

The Head of the State pays utmost attention to the creation of necessary conditions in the country for big international competitions, giving them the role of events that unite the nations and cultures and able to support the consolidation of peace and friendship in the region and on the planet.

Large-scale work for formation of relative modern infrastructure is expanded in the country and at the same time, targeted measures for assertion of the principles of healthy and active life style, involvement of Turkmenistan citizens, especially the youth, to regular sports and physical training exercises are taken. In this context, the rally with the participation of the teams from many countries will not only support the enhancement of sport prestige of our country but also will popularize various sports including the motor sport.

Matters of further coordination of activities for provision of high level of organization of the competitions have been discussed at the session with the participation of the heads of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, other structures and student voluntaries at S. Seydi Turkmen State Pedagogic Institute. Operational plans has been clarified in working order, duties and areas of responsibility of all assisting groups have been discussed.

Undoubtedly, Amul – Hazar 2018 race will be remembered for long time to numerous guests and will be another contribution of the country to the assertion of the roe of sports as a messenger of peace and friendship.

The participants of the race will be able to see natural beauties of Turkmenistan, its unique landscapes with their own eyes, to touch ethnographic originality of national culture and feel the breath of new dynamic time. 

Four main camping sites are located along the route – camp ‘Mary’ in Mary Velayat, ‘Garagum ýalkymy’ in Ahal Velayat, ‘Altyn Asyr türkmen köli’ in Dashoguz Velayat and ‘Sport meýdançasy’ in Balkan Velayat. The finish is planned in Avaza National tourist zone. The length of entire route is 1,571 kilometres. Ambulance and fire service teams are on duty in technical service centres located along entire route. Landing pads for small aircrafts were built next to all camping sites.

Helicopters follow the crews on all parts of the distance. They not only broadcast the race but also monitor the situation in order to provide emergency response. Safety of people and environment is dominating principle of organization and conduct of Amul - Hazar rally. The fact that many famous teams and racers wanted to participate in this debut project gives reason to think that Turkmen rally will enter the calendar of prestigious motor sport events in the future.

Indeed, there are such world status series as Dakar – the most complicated high-rank competitions gathering the best pilots of the planet (it is not held in Africa any more). It was replaced with Africa Eco Race, which route runs across Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal. There is also the Silk Road rally raid, which was first held in 2009 by the initiative of Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and today these competitions became some kind of European Championship. Amul – Hazar is able to take the place among these tournaments taking into account ecological approach, which has been successfully implemented by Jean Louis Schlesser in Africa Eco Race. Current race across the desert is qualification tour of African eco raid.

The participants of the raid had to drive along the first special section, which required not only the speed of the pilots but also the attention of the navigators. The result on the Karakum track mainly depended on their concentration.

The race running across unknown, sometime difficult terrain is a big challenge. But this is the way the abilities and character of the crews, their coordination as well as the durability of the vehicles are tested. Rally raid is the risk and adventure, which put the friendship, honour and team spirit above all. The winners considered to be everyone who reached the final and not only those who came first.

… The moment came and the vehicles started to come one after another to the finish line. The crew of the vehicle under No. 100 was the first!

Soon, the racers are expected at the camping site built next to administrative border of Lebap and Mary velayats, 250 km away from Mary. At the camping site, the participants of the rally were met with music and dances, they receive memorable gifts. They have also been accommodated and had tasty dinner.

In the meantime, mechanics started to inspect the vehicles. Their objective was to check and repair the vehicle shall it be necessary. Technical maintenance and service vehicles, organizers, journalists and support personnel have arrived there before the crews by normal roads. 

The horsemen on Ahalteke horses lined up along the perimeter of the camp as if protecting huge herd of iron horses. The colours of oriental bazaar were added to the atmosphere of the camp by the tents with national decorative and applied art items. Exposition of bright ornamented carpets and original felt goods, hand-made embroideries, original souvenirs with ethnic motifs was continued by the exhibition of modern Turkmen textile.

In addition to gracious ahalteke horses, the foreign guests were conquered by alabay puppies, which they made friends with right away, having recognized cute image of Vepaly in them, which decorates the vehicles and numerous banners.

Other racing round will take place on the next day, September 12. The pilots will enter another leg of the race, having entered 228 kilometres part of the route. Next camping site will expect them in the centre of Turkmen desert in the place with poetic name “The Shine of the Karakums”

On the same day, after completion of the events, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov left for Ashgabat.

Peace and security strategy: joining efforts in countering terrorism

Published in World
Monday, 10 September 2018 15:56

Turkmenistan is a competent member of international politics as one of active UN-member states, makes its significant contribution to consolidate international community efforts in countering the threats against humanity, especially terrorism and radicalism. The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlines that, countering terrorism acquires strategic significance on the agenda of multilateral cooperation of Turkmenistan within Community of Nations along with global tasks in ensuring security such as disarmament and non-proliferation, transport and energy, environment and several other aspects defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Turkmenistan’s position rests upon fundamental concept of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov when state formulates approaches in ensuring global security. The concept covers the completeness and indivisibility of this idea in terms of geopolitics and interconnectedness of its concrete aspects. The backbone of this concept is that security of one state may not be guaranteed when there is no security in the region, continent and world. In similar way, political and military security will not be long-term and complete without ensuring economic, energy and food security, preventing and neutralizing risks, threats of environmental and technological character, countering effectively international terrorism, organized crimes, proliferation of mass destruction weapons and other global challenges.

Terrorism and its all forms are very dangerous threats to humanity irrespective of development level of one specific country or others and regions. Countering terrorism is becoming very important issue at present when globalization process is deepening and where one of the most important conditions is to ensure sustainable development of states and regions under peaceful and safe environment. Terrorist movements acquire new forms at the time of rapidly advancing technology, technological progress, mass media communication development, different types of information dissemination and this requires effective measures of countering

Turkmenistan takes all necessary measures and actions at the national and international level to eliminate threats against peace and security as well as counters terrorist and radical acts.

National legislation of Turkmenistan provides сlear definition and forms legal framework in this field. More particularly, the Law of Turkmenistan “On countering terrorism” stipulates legal and organizational base for countering terrorism, authorities and responsibilities of state bodies, social assosiations, other entities and competent authorities, as well as it defines guarantees for legal and soial protection of citizens involved in countering terrorism.

The Law of Turkmenistan defines terrorism as follows: «terrorism – is an ideology of violence and actions to influence central government, local government, either international organizations or other entities decision-making process; socially dangerous acts which use force intentionally for hostage taking, arson, murder, torture, intimidation of population and bodies of power or committing any offence against lives and health of innocent people or threats to commit any act for achieving such criminal goals»

The same Law defines international terrorism as follows: «international terrorism – is socially dangerous violent acts commited with terrorist groups or organizations on global or regional scale including the support of state bodies of other states with the purpose of achieving specific goals related to kidnapping, hostage taking, murdering innocent people or posing threat to their lives and health, destructing or threat of destructing important facilities, life support, communication systems or using or posing threat of using nuclear, chemical, biological other weapons of mass destruction.

It is evident that, the terrorism may be countered successfully with only joint efforts of states in close cooperation with international agencies. In this regard, Turkmenistan cooperates closely with other states, as well as, reputable international bodies, first and foremost the UN, EU and OSCE.

Turkmenistan closely coordinates its actions with the UN on countering terrorism, drug trafficking and other threats. Strategic partnership between Turkmenistan and the UN is long-term, implemented in systemic basis and similar principles and views on final outcome are shared. In this context, Turkmenistan supports efforts of international community to create effective mechanism for countering terrorism and is for fully implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

These facts demonstrate that, Turkmenistan maintains constructive and efficient cooperation with international agencies such as the UN Counter-Terrorism Office, UN Regional Center for Central Asia for Preventive Diplomacy and neighboring countries.

Turkmenistan demonstrates its strict adherence to UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in practice and attaches regional context to it taking into account historical, economic, social, cultural and other features of one or another region. In this regard, high level dialogue in the region will give political impetus to adopt necessary, complementary and coordinated strategic approach to counter terrorism for Central Asian States. Consolidating efforts and developing commonly accepted approach in the states of the region to address existing issues will lead to explore and find effective ways of addressing them.

It is a fact that, International community recognized the peaceful policies of the President of independent and neutral Turkmenistan – Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov when the Resolution on «The role of UN Regional Center for Central Asia for Preventive Diplomacy» was adopted.

Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force was created with the purpose of ensuring the consistency of UN activities in given field. The Office coordinates membership in CTITF which covers 36 UN agencies, World Customs Organization and Interpol. United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center (UNCTC) which was established within CTITF in 2011 provides assistance to member states in capacity building in Strategy implementation.

Turkmenistan participates in project implemented jointly by Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) of United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center (UNCTC) and UN Regional Center for Central Asia for Preventive Diplomacy (UNRCCA) in Ashgabat with the support of EU and Norway. UN Regional Center for Central Asia for Preventive Diplomacy implemented project on applying abovementioned UN Strategy in Central Asian States jointly with Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force and EU. On November 30, 2011, Joint Action Plan on implementing UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and Ashgabat Final Declaration were approved in the high level meeting jointly organized by the Government of Turkmenistan, CTITF, EU and UNRCCA in Ashgabat. This Action Plan was the first document ever adopted. The projects on Action Plan items were implemented in the past years. On June 13, 2017, the final event in the second phase of project “on implementing Joint Action plan to realize UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy” took place when “High-level UN Central Asian Dialogue among countries and the on implementing  the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia” was held in Ashgabat. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the issues related to improving stability and security and the ways to achieve them.

General Secretary of the UN Antonio Guterras, ministers, senior officials, the representatives of countering terrorism agencies and national security agencies from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan participated in the sessions. The review of joint Action Plan for Central Asia to implement UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy at the regional level was presented.

Joint Declaration on strengthening regional cooperation in countering terrorism was adopted at the end of meeting. UN General Secretary Antonio Guterras welcomed Ashgabat Declaration on countering terrorism adopted by Central Asian countries and their permanent efforts to implement UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and joint Action Plan for Central Asia. The Declaration represented support given to General Secretary’s initiative of to reform the UN countering terrorism office by creating new Office for countering terrorism and recognized the importance of efforts to counter terrorism in the region by the community of nations.

There was a high-level meeting "Towards a comprehensive implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia" at the end of April 2018, in Ashgabat and the third phase of a joint project on supporting the Joint Action Plan for Central Asia was launched. The first and second phases of the project were implemented in 2010-2017 and are dedicated to consider four main directions of the Global Strategy for drafting recommendations for the development of the JAP, which was adopted in December 2011 in Ashgabat.

While delivering speech , the UN Under-Secretary-General and head of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office, Vladimir Voronkov underlined that the main activities of the project would include providing targeted support in developing national and regional strategies to counter terrorism and prevent violent extremism, further strengthening the capacity of the Central Asian countries in priority areas identified in the JAP for Central Asia and facilitating the exchange of best practices in the region and beyond it.

During the meeting, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov stated the readiness of Turkmenistan to cooperate with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center (UNCTC) on the implementation of the Ashgabat Action Plan of the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy. In this context, the Turkmen side made several concrete proposals by using the UNRCCA in given direction.

The Statement on the outcomes of High-level meeting "Towards a Comprehensive Implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia" was adopted at the end of the forum. It is expected in the long term that the new phase of the joint regional counter-terrorism initiative of UNRCCA and the UNCTC entitled "Towards a comprehensive implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia" will be aimed at further strengthening the capacity of the Central Asian states in the field of countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism in a strategic basis.

One of the emerging and acute problems is the elimination of terrorist financing sources, where special attention needs to be paid to combat drug trafficking. Enormous work is being done in this direction under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, including legal framework and the organizational basis development for this work in Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan maintains close, effective and targeted cooperation with neighboring states, as well as with specialized UN agencies, primarily with the UNODC. Long-term national programs for combating drug addiction and drug trafficking have been adopted and are being implemented and good results are obtained.

Thus, Turkmenistan pursues foreign policy directed at eliminating threats and dangers against peace and makes its significant contribution to consolidate international efforts.

The International Information Department of the MFA of Turkmenistan

The Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia held a briefing dedicated to the International Rally “Amul -Hazar 2018”

Published in Sport
Friday, 10 August 2018 17:15

On August 10 , 2018, the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia held the briefing dedicated to the grand sports event - International Rally “Amul-Hazar 2018”, which will be held on September 11-15, 2018 in Turkmenistan. 

The briefing was attended by representatives of the “Georgian Business Week”, newspapers of  ”Resonance”, “Multinational Georgia”, “Free Georgia”, international magazine “Geo Traveler”, “News Day Georgia” news agency, “Sputnik” international news agency, “TV-24” channel and others.

In his speech, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan in Georgia D. Muratov underlined that this year, which is held under the motto “Turkmenistan is the heart of the Great Silk Road, Turkmenistan has revived its significance as a key link of this ancient route. This grand sports event will be a unique opportunity to present both the past and the present of the Great Silk Road, which today, thanks to energetic efforts and constructive international policy of the Esteemed President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, is reborn again, connecting countries and peoples.

During the briefing, media representatives were provided with detailed information on the Rally “Amul-Hazar 2018”, on the enormous preparatory work, which is personally patronized by the Esteemed President of Turkmenistan.

It was mentioned that big competitions in Turkmenistan on one of the most spectacular and popular sports attract keen interest of the world community. This is indicated by the wish of the sportsmen and teams from various states to take part in the races, which route would run along the Silk Road and through magnificent Karakum Desert. This competition will be true historical event of Turkmen motorsport and will serve to the improvement of the world authority of Turkmenistan

At the end of the briefing, a video about the rally “Amul-Hazar 2018” was demonstrated. Representatives of the Georgian media expressed their gratitude to the Embassy of Turkmenistan and personally to the Ambassador of Turkmenistan in Georgia D. Muratov for organizing and conducting the briefing. Having noted that the competitions will contribute to widening the humanitarian dialogue and developing sports in general, they wished the Rally to be successful.

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