A press conference on preventive diplomacy for Central Asian countries was held in Ashgabat. It was chaired by Natalia German, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Central Asia.
In her opening remarks, Ms. Herman congratulated the attendees on the New Year and expressed her gratitude for the active cooperation during the past year. Noting that the world faced a number of difficult situations in 2020, the Special Representative for the Central Asian region also underscored that many significant events had taken place during that period. Last year, Turkmenistan marked the 25th anniversary of its Permanent Neutrality. It was particularly symbolic that this event coincided with the 75th anniversary of the UN.
N. German elaborated on a number of significant events and achievements in 2020, focusing on the Ashgabat Outcome Document. adopted as a result of the International Conference on Turkmenistan's Neutrality Policy. The Forum was held in the Turkmen capital on December 12, 2020 and was dedicated to the anniversary of the neutrality status of the state. Subsequently, the document was published, along with other documents of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council, in all official languages of the Organization. An important feature of the final document was to reveal the role of the neutral policy in building peaceful, friendly and beneficial relations between the countries of the world. It makes it possible to strengthen international peace and security not only in the region, but throughout the world.
As it continues to interact in important areas of life in the Central Asian region such as trade, economic, political, cultural, and humanitarian, the UN relies on mechanisms of preventive diplomacy to prevent conflicts at an early stage and contribute to the further development of the region.
In her speech, Herman mentioned the UN General Assembly resolution initiated by Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. The Turkmen leader suggested declaring 2021 the International Year of Peace and Trust. The UN special envoy emphasized that this initiative would effectively mobilize the international community to work towards strengthening confidence and peaceful coexistence between states, and would create a political dialogue, partnership and mutual understanding at the interstate level. As a result, stable peace, harmony and solidarity will be achieved.