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Sunday, 29 May 2005
Flag of Turkmenistan
Topic: Map, state symbols

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 11:27 AM
Map of Turkmenistan
Topic: Map, state symbols
Map of Turkmenistan

Source: Ayan Travel Company

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 11:21 AM
Updated: Thursday, 2 June 2005 4:01 PM
General Information on Turkmenistan
Topic: Turkmenistan Information

Area: 488,100 sq km

Location: Central Asia. Turkmenistan is bordered by the Caspian Sea to the west, Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the east, and Iran and Afghanistan to the south.

Territories: Five administrative territorial provinces, or velayat:
Akhal, Balkan, Dashkhovuz, Lebap, and Mary

Terrain: Flat-to-rolling sandy desert with dunes rising to mountains in the south. The Kara Kum desert comprises 80 percent of Turkmenistan's total area and is bound by a series of oases watered by the Amu Darya River in the north and by the Murgab, Tejen, and Artek rivers descending from mountains in the south. The Kara Kum Canal supplies water from the Amu Darya, west towards the Mary Oasis and onwards to Ashgabat.

Mountains: Kopetdag (highest point 2919 meters or 10,508 feet) located along the Iranian border in the south; Bolshoi (1880 meters or 6768 feet) and Maley Balkan (777 meters or 2797 feet) are located to the north-west of Kopetdag; Koitendag Peak (3137 meters or 11,293 feet) is located in the east on the border with Uzbekistan; Garabil and Badkhyz peaks are located in the south-east (slightly under 1000 meters or 3.600 feet in height)

Climate: Subtropical desert

Official Language: Turkmen. Russian is also widely spoken.

Religion: Sunni Muslim

Legal System: Based on civil law system

National Legislature: The Khalk Maslakhaty (People's Council) is the ultimate representative body, which meets once a year. The Mejlis (National Assembly) is the main legislature.

National government: Cabinet of Ministers, chaired by the President.

Electoral Suffrage: 18 years of age

Literacy: 98% over age 15

Education: Compulsory until age 14

Raw materials: oil, natural gas, coal, precious non-ferrous and rare metals, celestine, sulfur, bentonite and kaolin clays, iodine, bromine, potassium and common salts, marble onyx, various construction materials, fresh subsoil, mineral waters

Main exports: natural gas, oil, cotton, sulfur, hand-made carpets

Major Crops: cotton, wheat, melons

Currency: 1 manat = 100 tenne


Posted by countryturkmenistan at 11:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, 29 May 2005 11:55 AM
Tuesday, 17 May 2005
Turkmenistan and IAEA Sign an Agreement
Topic: Permanent Neutrality
On 17 May 2005 a ceremony of signing the Agreement between Turkmenistan and the IAEA on Applying the Guarantees in connection with the Non-Proliferation Treaty and Supplementary Protocol to that Treaty was held at the Headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.

Signing the main documents regulating co-operation of the IAEA with other states and international organisations is an important step on the way of strengthening peace and security both in the region and in the world. It should be said that our country ratified the Non-Proliferation Treaty in September 1994.

Thus signing the present Protocol was a logic continuation of the participation of Turkmenistan in process of non-proliferation and demonstrates the adherence of the country to the its international obligations of a neutral state steadily realising the policy of international co-operation in the sphere of peace and disarmament.

In connection with signing the documents mentioned above the IAEA General Director Mohamed El Baradei especially stressed the importance of co-operation between the IAEA and Turkmenistan in the sphere of non-proliferation. Speaking of that he said that the IAEA would closely co-operate with Turkmenistan in future as well, conducting special courses and seminars for the Turkmen specialists.

State Information Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH)

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 11:01 PM
Updated: Wednesday, 12 October 2005 11:32 AM
Saturday, 14 May 2005
Turkmenistan Commits to 5 Years Plan of Action Under UNDAF
Topic: Foreign Relations
Ashgabat, 29 March 2005 (nCa) --- UN system in Ashgabat and the government of Turkmenistan signed Tuesday five years plan of action under the framework of UNDAF (United Nations Development Assistance Framework).

In a meeting held at the foreign office, UNDP, UN Population Fund and UNICEF inked the documents that would provide roadmap for the next five years for interaction between Turkmenistan and the UN system.

The plans of action, covering the period 2005-2009, have been prepared by the joint efforts of the Turkmen government and UN system.

Members of international organizations and their counterparts from various ministries and departments were present during the signing ceremony.

Khaled Philby, head of UNDP in Turkmenistan and the resident coordinator of the UN system, expressed gratitude to the government of Turkmenistan for extending active help and support in preparation of action plans that would help implement the development and assistance goals of the United Nations.

The framework agreement under which these action plans have been prepared was signed in Ashgabat on 27 February 2004.

The UNDAF is the planning framework for development operations of the UN system at country level. It consists of common objectives and strategies of cooperation, a programme resource framework and proposals for follow-up, monitoring and evaluation.

The UNDAF lays the foundation for cooperation among the UN System, government and other development partners through the preparation of a complementary set of programmes and projects. As a consequence, it enables the UN system to achieve the goal-oriented collaboration, coherence and mutual reinforcement called for by the UN General Assembly.

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 11:01 PM

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