Turk­menistan - Neu­tral­ity Day

The Diplomatic Insight - - News -

The ed­i­tor of Diplo­matic Insight asked me to write a piece on Turk­menistan’s in­de­pen­dence and neu­tral­ity day. I am grate­ful that he did be­cause it in­spired me to learn more about this im­por­tant re­gional coun­try. It is a well-known fact that Turk­menistan, like many other Cen­tral Asian Repub­lic emerged as a sov­er­eign na­tion states af­ter the dis­so­lu­tion of the for­mer Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War, but few have any idea that it is also a neu­tral coun­try. As Pak­ista­nis, most of us know about Turk­menistan’s im­por­tance in the con­text of the en­ergy con­duit TAPI or the Turk­menistan-AfghanistanPak­istan-In­dia. This pipe­line has been part of a plan to trans­port Turk­men gas across Afghanistan to Pak­istan and In­dia. This hasn’t ma­te­ri­alised so far be­cause of un­cer­tain con­di­tions in Afghanistan. One can only hope that the sit­u­a­tion sta­bi­lizes in the fu­ture to the ex­tent that it al­lows the pipe­line to be con­structed and gas piped to en­ergy In­dia. num­ber of coun­tries had ex­pressed neu­tral­ity and avoided the hor­rors of war. Switzer­land has fa­mously re­mained neu­tral and es­caped the two world wars de­spite be­ing in the heart of Europe. Neu­tral­ity of Turk­menistan owes its ge­n­e­sis to UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly Res­o­lu­tion num­ber 50/80. The Res­o­lu­tion adopted on De­cem­ber 12, 1995 ex­presses the hope that “the sta­tus of per­ma­nent neu­tral­ity of Turk­menistan will con­trib­ute to peace and se­cu­rity in the re­gion.” As per the res­o­lu­tion, the United Na­tions “rec­og­nizes and sup­ports the de­clared sta­tus of per­ma­nent neu­tral­ity of Turk­menistan.” The res­o­lu­tion calls on UN to re­spect and main­tain the neu­tral­ity of Turk­menistan. For its adop­tion at the ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly, 185 mem­ber states voted for it. This is in­deed a unique doc­u­ment and has been adopted for the The Neu­tral­ity Day is cel­e­brated across Turk­menistan with mass fes­tiv­i­ties. An in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence is held in Ash­ga­bat to un­der­score the im­por­tance of the event.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.