UN Ini­ti­ates New Plat­form

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

The UN Re­gional Cen­ter for Pre­ven­tive Diplo­macy in Cen­tral Asia (UNRCCA) has or­ga­nized a meet­ing of the for­eign min­is­ters of Cen­tral Asia and Afghanistan in Ash­ga­bat, where the new for­mat “Cen­tral Asian coun­tries – Afghanistan” was ini­ti­ated.

The agenda in­cluded top­i­cal is­sues of re­gional pol­icy and se­cu­rity. The ses­sion was opened by Deputy Chair­man of the Cabi­net of Min­is­ters, Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs of Turk­menistan Rashid Mere­dov. He spoke about the role of the UN Re­gional Cen­ter for Pre­ven­tive Diplo­macy for Cen­tral Asia.

The UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral’s Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Cen­tral Asia, Head of the UNRCCA, Natalia Ger­man, noted that the Cen­tral Asian re­gion has ac­cu­mu­lated ex­pe­ri­ence in re­solv­ing con­flict sit­u­a­tions through the use of pre­ven­tive diplo­macy and the ne­go­ti­a­tion process. She ex­pressed her hope that the new con­sul­ta­tive for­mat of the “Cen­tral Asian Coun­tries – Afghanistan” (C5 + 1) is in­tended to be an ef­fec­tive plat­form for dis­cussing the en­tire range of re­gional is­sues, as well as de­vel­op­ing joint mea­sures for peace and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment with the sup­port of the United Na­tions.

The meet­ing was con­tin­ued by two ple­nary ses­sions: “Pro­mot­ing di­a­logue, pre­vent­ing con­flicts: best prac­tices, lessons and vi­sion for the fu­ture” and “Pre­ven­tive diplo­macy in ac­tion: world ex­pe­ri­ence, in­ter­ac­tion of re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tions and UN agen­cies”.

In his speech, the head of the Uzbek del­e­ga­tion, For­eign Min­is­ter Ab­du­laziz Kamilov in­formed about the fruit­ful re­sults of the of­fi­cial visit of Pres­i­dent of Afghanistan Mo­ham­mad Ashraf Ghani to Uzbek­istan and high-level talks held on 4-6 De­cem­ber at the in­vi­ta­tion of the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan Shavkat Mirziy­oyev.

With re­gard to Afghanistan, Uzbek­istan has tra­di­tion­ally pur­sued a friendly pol­icy based on the prin­ci­ples of mu­tual re­spect, equal­ity and con­sid­er­a­tion of each other’s in­ter­ests, sup­port­ing the gov­ern­ment elected by the Afghan peo­ple.

Natalya Ger­man

Rashid Mere­dov

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