I cordially congratulate you on International Neutrality Day, which is celebrated by Turkmenistan this year for the first time together with the whole world community. The neutrality supports successful achievement of humanitarian goals of Turkmen people and entire world community, consolidates pace, friendship and positive relations between the countries and the nations, - congratulation message of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov says.

Neutral legal status of our independent state, which was recognized twice by the United Nations General Assembly, became the basis of the main domestic and foreign policy. The neutrality is one of the most important conditions for the provision of dynamic development of the economy and steadfast improvement of the quality of people’s life.

The selection of our country in the structures of the United Nations in different years like the Commission on Science and technologies, the Commission of Social Development confirms the success of our social and economic policy. The neutrality of Turkmenistan consolidates the nations and opens the ways of the development of friendly relations and beneficial partnership. Building modern airports, automobile and rail roads, transit and transport corridors, we multiply centuries-old traditions of peace-loving and friendship of our people. The construction of Serhetabat – Turgundy that railway started recently and became historical event has demonstrated our efforts in this direction to the world, having brought the authority of independent Turkmenistan to higher level, - the message says.

The neutrality is a way toward the peace and security, sustainable development and friendly cooperation. While being committed to this direction, our sovereign state consolidates the efforts of the planet, international and regional organizations, establishes the relations based on the principles of understanding and trust. Taking into account new conditions of the modern world development, national and global interests, neutral Turkmenistan support multilateral cooperation with Asian Pacific, Middle and Far East, European and American countries. Turkmenistan also cooperates with such competent international structures like the UN, European Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Non-Aligned Movement and Islamic Cooperation Organization.

On December 11, 2017, the International Conference "The UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia: 10 Years of Cooperation with Central Asia for Peace and Prosperity of the Region" was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Center.
Heads of diplomatic missions of foreign countries and representatives of international organizations accredited in Turkmenistan, officers of the diplomatic service of Turkmenistan, representatives of the Turkmen media and accredited foreign journalists were invited to participate in the conference.
Greeting the participants of the conference, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov addressed the welcoming speech. Speaking about the role of the UN General Assembly resolution on the role of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, it was noted that the unanimous adoption of this resolution at the 55th plenary meeting of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly as a fundamental document was another evidence of recognition by the world community the peaceful policy of Turkmenistan.
In this context, it was stated that the opening of this Center with the support of all of the states of the region once again confirmed the unity of the course of the world community for creating conditions for cooperation of the Central Asian countries with the UN and other international organizations.
In her speech, UN Special Representative for Central Asia, Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Natalya German noted that the Central Asian region has accumulated experience in resolving conflict situations through the use of preventive diplomacy and negotiation process.
The plenary session, entitled "Promoting dialogue, preventing conflicts: best practices, lessons and future perspectives" began its work with a video about the activities of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.
Then the floor was given to the heads of delegations of the participating countries. The reports were made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan A.Kamilov, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania D.Nekulaesku, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan E.Ashikbayev, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic D.Kemelova, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan M. Khuseinzoda, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation A. Pankin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan N. Andisha, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Turkmenistan Sun Weydun.

On December 11, 2017, the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan hosted a conference on "Policy of Neutrality and Preventive Diplomacy in International Relations: Experience of Turkmenistan and its Importance" and an exhibition dedicated to the celebration of the International Day of Neutrality.
The conference was attended by the deputies of the Mejlis, heads of ministries and departments, diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, heads and representatives of the embassies and international organizations working in Turkmenistan, heads of diplomatic missions of Turkmenistan abroad, teachers and students of higher educational institutions, representatives of public organizations and mass media.
Rector of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan addressed the conference participants with a welcoming speech. Then Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov read the congratulatory message of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed to the conference participants.
As noted in the reports, the neutral status of Turkmenistan has become a phenomenon of international diplomacy, given the fact that our country was declared the first neutral state in modern history recognized by the entire international community. In her speech, the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations, A. Ataeva, noted that on February 2, 2017, during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, a resolution of the UN General Assembly that proclaimed December 12 the International Day of Neutrality was adopted. The adoption of this resolution testifies to the high prestige of neutral Turkmenistan on the world stage and the universal recognition of its contribution to global peace, security and sustainable development.
During the conference presentations were also made by the Special representative of the UN Secretary General, Head of UNRCCA N.Herman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan A. Kamilov, rector of the International University for the Humanities and Development E. Aydogdyev, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident representative in Turkmenistan E.Panova, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) O. Algaerova, Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat N. Drozd, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania D. Nicolaescu, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation A.Pankin, and the ambassadors of the People's Republic of China, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Malaysia in Turkmenistan.

08.12.2017. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held extended session of the Cabinet of Ministers dedicated to the outcomes of social and economic development of the country for eleven months of 2017.
Opening the session, the Head of the State reported on the decision to adopt the bill on granting of Turkmenistan to 1690 people on occasion of International Neutrality Day.
After, the president of the country gave floor to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister R. Meredov who reported on the work done for granting of Turkmenistan citizenship to stateless persons on occasion of International Neutrality Day and drafting of Relative Resolution.
It was highlighted that steadfast measures for the provision of rights, freedoms and interests of people including the individuals that by some reason and circumstances had to leave their countries were taken following existing national legislation and standards of international law and principles of humanity laid in the foundation of internal and foreign policy of our country.
The fact that 6455 stateless people living in our country received Turkmenistan citizenship in 2011 – 2016 is visual evidence to this.
It was reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and authorized state departments performed the work on granting of Turkmenistan citizenship to 1690 people living in our country by their personal request. These are the representatives of 21 nationalities.
Having signed the Resolution of Turkmenistan Citizenship, the Head of the State addressed the congratulations to new citizens of our country and wished them family prosperity as well as to make deserving contribution to the provision of further prosperity of independent neutral Motherland.
Continuing, the Vice-premier, Head of the MFA reported on the outcomes of the activity of his ministry for the last 11 months in the context of the Concept of foreign policy course of neutral Turkmenistan in 2017 – 2023.

I congratulate you with the commencement of the International Conference, “Policy of Neutrality and Preventive Diplomacy in International Relations: Experience of Turkmenistan and Its Significance”, and with International Neutrality Day, reads the address by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
It is symbolic that this representative forum is taking place during the days when all member states to the Community of Nations, together with the people of Turkmenistan, are widely celebrating the triumph of the policy of neutrality in international relations. By remaining committed to the policy of neutrality and principles of peacefulness, Turkmenistan is unwavering in pursuing its foreign policy strategy aimed at positive cooperation that meets national and universal interests, states the message.
International initiatives put forward by independent neutral Turkmenistan demonstrate the constructive character of our country’s approaches towards cooperation with all members of the Community of Nations. This is evidenced by the fact that our country has become a center for active exchange of views on important issues of foreign policy, international relations and diplomacy, the venue for multilateral meetings and forums.
In this context, the agenda of this conference proves the integrity of notions of neutrality and preventive diplomacy. Neutrality and preventive diplomacy serve as an integral, interconnected system that aims to create necessary conditions for peace talks, prevention of dangerous challenges and risks of our time, highlights the address.
Since the first days after independence, neutral Turkmenistan has been maintaining close relations with the United Nations. Ten years ago the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia has been inaugurated in Ashgabat, and this considerably increased opportunities for the productive dialog between Turkmenistan and the UN.

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