Published in Economics
Friday, 16 April 2021 17:22

In the framework of the International Conference “Global Cooperation of Independent, Neutral Turkmenistan for the sake of Peace and Trust” that took place on the 15th of April 2021 in Ashgabat, a plenary session on the topic of “Cooperation for the sake of Peace and Security” was held. The event was held in hybrid format in the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.

The moderator of the session was the Deputy Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Philippe Saprykin.

The Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, Director of the UN Regional Office for the Coordination of Sustainable Development Gwi Yeop Son, UN Women’s Global Chief of Women, Peace and Security Paivi Kaarina Kannisto, Regional Representative for Central Asia, UNODC Ashita Mittal,  IOM Regional Coordinator for Migration for Central Asia, Head of IOM Missions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan Zeynal Hajiyev, Head of the Regional Office for Central Asia, ICRC Sangeeta Koenig, Regional Representative for Central Asia, UNDRR Abdurahim Muhidov and the Subregional Coordinator of Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Viorel Gutu gave speeches at the session.

The issues of expanding cooperation on sustenance of security and stability on the regional and international levels were thoroughly discussed. 

In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan expressed clear position of Turkmenistan in the processes of sustaining peace and security through political and diplomatic methods, preventive diplomacy and strengthening of cooperation between the relevant departments of the countries of the region. Special emphasis was made on the work of Turkmenistan on strengthening regional and interregional collaboration, promotion of dialogue in the framework and under the auspices of the United Nations and other large and respected international organizations.      

The participants discussed the matters of Afghanistan where active participation of the Turkmen side in the implementation of large-scale infrastructural projects on the territory of Afghanistan was highlighted.  The significance of widening humanitarian cooperation in the region was underlined.    

The parties discussed the collaboration on the platform of the UN on the implementation of joint projects and programs, including those aimed at the resolution of the migration issues.

The joint efforts in the area of countering crime and drug trafficking, responding to emergencies, including the decrease of the natural disasters risks were discussed. 


Published in World
Friday, 16 April 2021 17:16

Within the framework of the International Conference “Global Cooperation of Independent, Neutral Turkmenistan for the sake of Peace and Trust”, on April 15, 2021, the third plenary session “International Cooperation on Humanitarian Issues” was held at the International University for humanities and development. The Rector of the given University Esen Aydogdiyev moderated the session.

The speeches of the Speaker of Parliament of Turkmenistan Gulshat Mammedova, Director of the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia Afshan Khan, Deputy Director of the Office for Europe and the CIS, UNDP Agi Veres, OHCHR Regional Representative for Central Asia Ryszard Komenda, Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, UNFPA Alanna Armitage, Head of the Regional Office for Central Asia, IFRC Bayarmaa Luntan, Regional Representative for Central Asia, UNHCR Hans Friedrich Schodder and Head of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Tehran Cvetan Cvetkovski were listened at the meeting.

During the meeting, the participants emphasized that Turkmenistan considers the development of humanitarian cooperation as the most important task of interaction within the framework of regional and international organizations, including with specialized UN structures. Actively interacting with international humanitarian organizations, the state contributes to the efforts of the world community, taking effective measures to provide assistance to migrants, refugees, stateless persons and protect their rights. In this context, the importance of the Inter-departmental Commission on the Implementation of International Obligations of Turkmenistan in the area of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law was emphasized.

Noting the productivity of the work done in Turkmenistan in recent years in this direction, the participants emphasized that the country takes an active position in matters of humanitarian cooperation, putting forward specific initiatives aimed at ensuring prosperity in the regional and global dimensions, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Expressing gratitude for the invitation to take part in this conference, the meeting participants noted the high level of cooperation of Turkmenistan in the field of humanitarian action, both in a bilateral and multilateral format.

Rik Daems, re-elected President, invites members to see PACE as vehicle for upholding shared values

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 26 January 2021 12:40

Strasbourg, 25.01.2021 – Rik Daems, re-elected today for a second one-year term as President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), thanked members for their confidence and welcomed the holding of PACE’s first hybrid plenary session.

In his re-investiture speech, he stressed that while PACE’s savoir faire had brought many positive results throughout 2020 – be it the establishment of red lines not to be crossed during the Covid-19 pandemic, new standards in the field of artificial intelligence or the “trialogue” with the Committee of Ministers – the faire savoir was impossible as members could not meet under normal conditions. “Meeting in person is essential to interconnect, to convince and be convinced and to take on board all perspectives,” he added.

Rik Daems called on members not to ask “what the Council of Europe can do for us”, but “to look at what we can do to uphold the values and therefore contribute to the activities and mission of the Council of Europe.”

“Why are we here? Because we care about fundamental rights and freedoms, democracy and the rule of law,” he stressed, inviting all members “to see PACE as a vehicle for upholding the values we share. Common values are more important than our interests.”

“We, members of this Assembly, care about the fact that people are equal. Being equal is not being the same, this is why we are united in diversity. We care about human rights to be enjoyed by all citizens in all our 47 member States.”

“We care that people are free to enjoy and able to pursue their happiness. We care about the fact that no one should be above the law. This is what the rule of law is all about. Because we think, we care, we need to help people to decide. All members should be on board, this is what democracy is about,” he concluded.


The Plenary Session discussed the draft on Covert Investigation Activities

Published in Politics
Thursday, 23 February 2017 14:16

MPs resumed with consideration of the draft on surveillance with the I reading. The Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, introduced the 6th draft on E-Communications. The package contains 18 drafts. The draft defines the rule of real time obtainment of communication by the authorized body through stationary or semi-stationary technical means. The rule of copying the identifying data by the authorized body and the issues related to geo-location real time definition system are as well regulated. “The draft specifies compliance of the rights and obligations of the authorized body, in the course of covert investigation and e-surveillance and the rights and obligations of the authorized persons”.
She also introduced the draft with the I reading on State Security Service, envisaging set up of the LEPL in SSS and specifying sundry technical issues related to safe functioning of the agency.
According to the Minority MPs and National Movement, the draft envisages set up of the surveillance agency in the investigation system, which contradicts with the decision of the Constitutional Court. They agree with set up of the operative agency but it shall not be under the State Security Service umbrella.
E. Beselia also introduced with the I reading the draft on Public Service, envisaging that if not otherwise stipulated, validity of the law shall apply to the SSS system service as well. Speaking about the draft on Freedom Charter, she noted that the reservation on official restrictions shall apply to the SSS system operative divisions.
The Minority several times strived to violate the Rules of Procedure and the Chairman applied the Rules of Procedure mechanisms and shut the microphone for some MPs, which entailed discontent. Mr. Kobakhidze asked the colleagues to adhere to the Rules of Procedure.
“Today, I see gross violation of Rules of Procedure. If abstaining from other estimations, I am obliged to prevent gross violation of the Rules of Procedure. This is the common picture. Hence, I call on to stop gross violations otherwise I will have to apply the respective mechanisms. If you want to work in improper mood, it is your political choice. I call on you to proceed in proper regime especially when we deal with the draft regarding which someone has the moral rights or someone not and hence, I humbly call on to continue without sabotages and raise essential questions regarding the draft introduced by the reporter”.
MPs considered sundry drafts on: International Protection; and License and Permits entailing acute discussionsThe next session will be held on February 23 at 11h00.

The Extraordinary Plenary Session of the Parliament

Published in Politics
Thursday, 22 December 2016 12:17

The extraordinary plenary session was convened under the Ordinance of the President and in line with the paragraph 2, Article 61 of the ConstitutionThe Chairman expressed his concern and condolences due to the conflict in Syria and to the victims of the terrorist acts in various countries. “Unfortunately, the terrorist acts in the armed conflict in Syria claimed innocent lives and I would like to express my condolences”.
After endorsement of the agenda, the floor was given to MPs for statements.
MPs expressed their concern about the recent developments in the world. According to the Chair of EU Integration CommitteeTamar Khulordava, the events in Syria are the tragedy of a mankind. “The developments in Syria are the tragedy for the mankind. We witnessed two terrific terrorist acts in Ankara and Berlin. I would like to express my condolences to the families of deceased and hope that the people wounded are now safe”.
According to the Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee,  the recent developments once more indicated that terrorism is one of the most acute problems for international society. “Another barbarian terrorist act took place in Germany. We express our support to the European people in global combating terrorism. I express my condolences to Turkey and render our support to the Turkish Government in fighting against the international terrorism. We also express condolences due to assassination of the Russian Ambassador in Turkey. This terrorist act once more demonstrated that the countries today, regardless of their political views, shall stand united against terrorism. We are appalled due to the developments in Aleppo, Syria. Our Government has many times expressed own position due to Syria events. We hold active negotiations on humanitarian aid to Syria”, - Sofio Katsarava stated.

The first plenary session of the 9th Term is to be held on November 18

Published in Politics
Friday, 18 November 2016 11:30

On November 18, at 12h00, the Kutaisi Parliament Palace (26, I. Abashidze street) will host the first plenary session of the 9th Term of the Parliament.
In line with the Constitution of Georgia and the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament, the President of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Margvelashvili is to open the first session.
After the Presidential speech, the floor shall be given to the oldest Member of Parliament who will chair the session prior to election of the Chairman. The Chairman of the Parliament shall be elected at the first plenary session for the term of authority, with secret ballot and with majority of the full composition of the Parliament.
The First Deputy Chairman and the Deputy Chairmen shall be elected with majority of the list composition. The first plenary session shall be accomplished with election of the Chairs of the Committees.
The first plenary session will be attended by the President of Georgia, the Prime Minister, representatives of the executive authority, the Chair of Central Election Commission, Catholic-Patriarch of All Georgia, clergymen of other religious confessions, Chairs of the Constitutional and the Supreme Courts of Georgia, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps and media.
Rules of Procedure of the Parliament
1. Article 124Newly elected Parliament shall consider the issues as follows at the first plenary session with the following sequence:
a) Election of the Chairman and the Deputy Chairmen;
b ) Set up of the Committees and election of the Chairs of the Committees under the Rules of Procedure;
c) In the events, envisaged under the hereby Rules of Procedure, consideration of the issues related to composition of the Government of Georgia.

Bratislava hosts the COSAC Plenary Session

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 15:44

COSAC Plenary Session is held in Slovakia.EU Parliaments hold the joint sitting to develop EU policy and legislation, discuss enhancement of the role of the National Parliaments and to consider EU-USA free trade relations prospects. Currently, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta constitute the Presidential Troika of COSAC.
The EU Integration Committee of Georgian Parliament through active Parliamentary diplomacy participates in the EU Parliamentary dialogue to facilitate EU integration of Georgia.

PACE President to participate in PABSEC Plenary session in Moscow

Published in World
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 08:57

Pedro Agramunt, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will participate in the 47th Plenary Session of the General Assembly of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) in Moscow.

On this occasion, he will hold several high-level meetings, in particular with the Speaker of the Russian State Duma, Sergey Naryshkin, the Speaker of Russia's Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the State Duma, Alexey Pushkov, and with the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council, Konstantin Kosachev.

The plenary session was canceled

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:21

The plenary session was canceled. The Deputies should listen to the State Security Service Head Vakhtang Gomelauri. At least 76 MPs should attend the session for the implementation the process, but the enough number of MPs hasn’t been registered for the hearing.
The Deputies passed the register three times, but only 54 lawmakers have been registered at last. 

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