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Monday, 1 August 2005
U.S. Held a Seminar for Turkmenistan Coastguards
Topic: Foreign Relations
30 July 2005. Yesterday a special seminar for the officers of the coastguard held by the US Embassy to Ashgabat and the State Frontier Service of Turkmenistan. The U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Turkmenistan Tracey Ann Jacobson specially came to Turkmenbashi to congratulate the participants of the seminar and gave them certificates.

The joint training was held within the framework of the current exchange programme initiated by the American Embassy and aimed at prevention of spreading the weapons of mass destruction through trainings and handing down the special equipment to the national service of the coastguard and customs.

The agenda of the regular training in which about 23 representatives of the Coastguard Services of the USA and Turkmenistan took part included the methods of customs inspection of the ships detained and those of revealing the secret tanks and drugs.

State Information Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH)

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 10:33 AM
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Friday, 29 July 2005
UK, Turkmenistan to Bolster Anti-Terror Cooperation
Topic: Foreign Relations
Ashgabat, 29 July 2005 (nCa) --- Ambassador Peter Butcher, the new British envoy to Turkmenistan, presented his credentials Thursday to President Saparmurat Niyazov.

The sides expressed confidence that mutually beneficial relations based on equality would continue to flourish during the tenure of Ambassador Butcher.

It was agreed that in order to maintain security and peace in the world, there was need for more efforts to combat terrorism and narcotics that are posing threat to the entire mankind.

Niyazov, who had earlier sent a message of condolence to Prime Minister Blair on the recent bombings in London, again expressed his sorrow and grief at the carnage.

Ambassador Butcher said that he would do his best to further develop the good relations between the two countries.

British envoy mentioned even though Burren Energy and Dragon Oil were traditional partners of Turkmenistan, there were many more British firms that were highly interested in entering the Turkmen market.

Ambassador Butcher presented a letter from Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

www.newscentralasia.com

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Tuesday, 26 July 2005
Co-Operation in the Name of the Common Ideals of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity
Topic: Foreign Relations
On July 14 France celebrates the national holiday, Bastille Day that is seen as the reference point in the modern history of France. On occasion of this remarkable date we cite an interview with Jean-Claude RICHARD, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in Turkmenistan.

“The storming of the Bastille is not only an important event in the history of the French people but also a turning-point in the history of humankind, as it embodied the cherished desires common to all peoples. Therefore, it immediately produced an echo that resounded even in America.

The fortress of Bastille, a symbol of royal misrule for the Parisians, was also known for holding political prisoners. Therefore, the storming of the Bastille marked the victory of the ideas of liberty and equality.

It was not occasional that some days later both ideas were embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that solemnly declared, “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Another historical value of the storming of the Bastille was the idea of fraternity. It was not enough to attack the Bastille but it should be destroyed. All levels of population took part in the storming of the Bastille.

A year later, on 14 July 1790 a great festival was organised on occasion of the anniversary of this remarkable event in the history of France.

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. This is the slogan of the French Republic. These words embody the ideals of peoples all over the world. They are inseparable from the forth ideal, the national sovereignty. It became clearly apparent at the moment when the foreign armies, which had conquered France to kill its ideals, were defeated on 20 September 1792 at the Battle of Valmy. It is known that Goethe who was fighting in the ranks of the Prussian army against the French said being greatly impressed with the French volunteers’ enthusiasm, “At this place, on this day the new era in the world’s history begins.”

The ideas of the French Revolution are common to all peoples. Victor Hugo wrote, “14th July does not belong to the French, 14th July belongs to all peoples.”

The Embassy of the French Republic in Turkmenistan adheres to this idea.

One of the priority directions of the Embassy’s activities is respect to Turkmen culture as well as the desire to know the country better. This aim is purposed by the French-Turkmen expedition headed by Professor Oliver Lecomte who is carrying out the archaeological excavations in Ulag-Depe, a historical site located near the settlement of Dushak.

The Embassy regularly organises and holds various cultural actions aiming to introduce French culture to the people of Turkmenistan as well as to develop cultural exchange between both countries and peoples. A composition created by F. Pugeot, C. Barrou and C. Pachett is penetrated with the spirit of Turkmen folk music.

Many other French musicians visited Ashgabat. They were impressed by the Turkmen music lovers’ warm welcome. We have organised eight concerts of classical and modern music in Turkmenistan. Some concerts were arranged in the towns of Turkmenbashi and Mary.

We have also organised art exhibitions such as Water Gardens of Ashgabat, Chanteau, Versailles photo exhibitions, a joint exhibition of the works of the painters from Mary and F. Margeri who delivered lectures on modern painting. On June 23 – July 1, an exhibition of the works of 15 Turkmen painters was organised in Paris near the Eiffel Tower. This autumn the French painters will arrange an exhibition of their works in Ashgabat.

Many young people of Turkmenistan visited France within the framework of the programmes on cultural and scientific exchange either to receive higher education in economy, international law and modern technologies or to attend the extension courses for the French teachers. The laureates of the French Literature Contest made the linguistic tours to France.

Jules Verne French Cultural Centre conducts various activities. Its library includes various French newspapers and magazines, 1,200 DVD and videocassettes with the feature and documentary films, over 200 compact disks of French music and songs, over 500 books and CD-ROM. The Centre regularly conducts the French language contests for children, young people and adults, organises the defence of the students’ diploma theses on the French language in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan. The cinema-club presents the films in French.

The Embassy granted the textbooks to the French language centres. Closely co-operating with the Turkmen linguists the Embassy plans to publish the first bilingual French-Turkmen dictionary this August.

The French companies are among the first ones to establish close co-operation with Turkmenistan. Every day one can see the construction sites of the Bouygues Company that takes an active part in developing Ashgabat. The buildings constructed by the Bouygues Company in accordance with the international standards are easily recognised by their original style. For less than a year the company built the largest in Central Asia mosque in the settlement of Gypjak, the buildings of Museum of Fine Arts and Daykhan Bank. At present, the company is engaged in constructing dozens of objects, which will adorn the capital of Turkmenistan within a few next years.

Other French companies also made their possible contribution to development of Turkmenistan. For example, the Technip Company modernised the Turkmenbashi complex of oil refineries in 1997-2002. The company’s German partners continue this work. The Tales Company supplies up-to-date navigation equipment promoting modernisation of Turkmenistan’s air transport. The Schlumberger Company, one of the leading companies in the world, provides services in exploring and developing oil and gas fields. The Sersel Company supplies geophysical equipment, the Schneider Company – electrical systems and the Alstom Company assembles the pump stations. The Sifal Group, a long-term partner of Turkmenistan, represents other French companies whose contribution to Turkmenistan’s economic development is no less important.

The French community in Turkmenistan is one of the most numerous foreign communities in your country and the most numerous one in Central Asia.

As a EU member, France also takes an active part in various bilateral programmes, such as TACIS and Tempus, the programmes initiated by the UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCO, NATO, OSCE and Medecins Sans Frontiers.

Last year I visited Brussels to participate in a session of the European Union – Turkmenistan Joint Committee, the first one since 1998, as the EU Chairman in Turkmenistan. I think that development of contacts and co-operation is of common interest, indeed. The last session of the Joint Committee was held in Ashgabat six years ago. I was glad to make my contribution to the common cause.

In this regard, I am glad to witness such measures as withdrawal of an exit visa and registration of non-governmental organisations taken in Turkmenistan. In this way Turkmenistan demonstrates its adherence to the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity, which we celebrate on Bastille Day.


State Information Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH)

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Thursday, 21 July 2005
MSF Expanding Activities in Turkmenistan
Topic: Foreign Relations
Ashgabat, 19 July 2005 (nCa) --- MSF – Medecins Sans Frontieres, also known as Doctors without Borders – has thanked the government of Turkmenistan for its cooperation and expressed desire to expand its activities in the country.

Here are excerpts from a letter by Josje Reinartz, Operational Director, MSF-Holland, to the president of Turkmenistan:

MSF would like to congratulate you personally and also the employees of the ministry of public health services and medical industry and the people of Turkmenistan on the tenth anniversary of the national programme ‘Health’ that was initiated by you in 1995.

MSF has been working in Turkmenistan since 1999. MSF cooperated fruitfully with the ministry of public health services and medical industry of Turkmenistan on implementation of DOTS strategy for treatment of tuberculosis, as approved by the WHO, and it has promoted the acceptance of new national policy of Turkmenistan on treatment of tuberculosis from the beginning of this year.

MSF is also very grateful for close cooperation of various ministries and departments of Turkmenistan in transportation of humanitarian aid cargo and movement of international staff of MSF through the territory of Turkmenistan for the support of humanitarian programmes of MSF in Afghanistan.

From the start of 2004, MSF has worked on the programme for treatment and preventive care of children’s diseases in Magdanly area in Lebap province and rendered support for successful realization of government policies in the field of treatment and prevention of childhood diseases.

At present, pending approval, MSF plans to expand its activities in Turkmenistan by including WHO-recommended strategy for protection of the health of the mother. This proramme is for the entire territory of Turkmenistan and we are awaiting approval.

MSF would like to use this opportunity to express its gratitude for the support of our activities in Turkmenistan and hopes for continuation and expansion of cooperation with the ministry of public health services and medical industry of Turkmenistan.

MSF also hopes to continue rendering positive contribution to the national programme ‘Health’.

MSF also uses this opportunity to renew its assurance of highest respect to His Excellency the President of Turkmenistan.

www.newscentralasia.com

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 3:32 PM
Updated: Thursday, 21 July 2005 3:40 PM
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Turkmenistan and China Sign a Number of Bilateral Documents
Topic: Foreign Relations
20 July 2005. The official delegation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) led by Vice-Premier of the State Council of the PRC Ms. Wu Yi has wrapped up its two-day visit to Turkmenistan. A number of bilateral documents have been signed as a result of talks held in Ashgabat.

As the Ashgabat correspondent of Turkmenistan.ru reports, today, Ms Wu YI was received by Turkmen president Saparmurat Niyazov. The meeting that lasted more than one hour was constructive and open and confirmed the friendly and promising nature of the bilateral relations, the Vise-Primer said at an expanded meeting with participation of both sides’ delegations.

“Regardless of changes in the international climate, we regard Turkmenistan as a friendly state and a reliable partner headed by the leader who is not only a politician-strategist but also an economist, Wu Yi said in particular. We had very fruitful talks and look forward to their continuation next year during President Saparmurat Niyazov’s visit to our country.”

In turn, the President of Turkmenistan noted good dynamics of economic partnership between the two countries. Niyazov stressed that the Chinese side provide a lot of help in such spheres as the repair of old oil wells in the country’s western region, establishment of new textile productions, cooperation in transportation and communication. “We have the pragmatic and mutually beneficial cooperation. This cooperation is free of any political or other motives and, thus, it has the great future,” the Turkmen leader said.

Underlining the business nature of the Chinese delegation’s visit, Saparmurat Niyazov urged the heads of state and private enterprises in the delegation of the PRC to actively cooperate with their Turkmen colleagues to raise the partnership to a new level.

The sides also noted that the trade turnover between Turkmenistan and China increased 5 times to US 79,6 mln in six months of 2005 as compared to the same period in 2000. 90% of trade accounted for imports of equipment from China.

As of July 2005, 37 investment projects are registered in Turkmenistan with participation of Chinese companies for the total sum of 383 million USD and 160 million (US $ 19,2 mln) Chinese Yuan.

A number of bilateral documents were signed in the end of talks, including the agreements: on economic and technical cooperation between the PRC and Turkmenistan, on granting a soft credit for the oil and gas sector of Turkmenistan, on cooperation in training of specialists of the Turkmen ministries and establishments and other agreements.

Internet newspaper Turkmenistan.Ru

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