The summit of the CIS Heads of State was held at “Ruhiyet” (Spirituality) Palace in Ashgabat. The summit adopted a set of important documents aimed at boosting cooperation within the CIS.
The CIS heads of state first met in the narrow format. Then, the meeting continued with participation of the delegations.
Opening the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that the year of 2012 was of special importance for Turkmenistan in the context of its presidency in the CIS. As the President of Turkmenistan noted, the Turkmen side, first of all, made efforts to support the processes aimed at promoting peace, stability and security in the CIS, creating an enabling environment to foster and promote mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation, promoting broader cultural, humanitarian, scientific, educational and sports relations.
The President of Turkmenistan said that at the meeting in the narrow format the CIS heads of state decided that the Republic of Belarus will assume presidency in the CIS from January 1, 2013.
In this context, the floor was given to President of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, who spoke about important areas of integration cooperation within the CIS.
The Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee, Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev informed the participants on the issues discussed by the CIS head of state at the meeting in the narrow format and decisions adopted as a result of this meeting.
Following the discussion of a number of issues included in the agenda of the CIS heads of state summit, there was held a ceremony of signing documents aimed at deepening regional cooperation in the economic and humanitarian, security, and other areas.
The summit participants adopted the Ashgabat Declaration of the CIS Heads of State on the further development of comprehensive cooperation. This declaration was developed at Turkmenistan’s initiative. The document expresses willingness of the parties to further strengthen the role of the CIS in establishing regional and inter-regional relations and a viable and effective cooperation mechanism that would meet the requirements of modern times.
The CIS leaders approved a document setting out the procedures of preparations for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The decision provides for establishment of the Order of Honor and the Jubilee Medal “70 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.” The CIS countries will develop and adopt national programs for preparation and celebration of the anniversary of the Victory. Based on these programs, a draft plan of major activities for preparation and celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Victory will be developed.
Having listened to the report by Valentina Matvienko, Chair of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, the CIS Council of Heads of State endorsed the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly’s ongoing work and recommended that it continue work on the development of inter-parliamentary cooperation in the CIS in the political, economic, legal and other spheres.
The summit participants approved the Regulations of the Interstate Program “Cultural Capital of the CIS.” It was decided to implement the Interstate Program in 2013 in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Belarus, naming the cities of Gabala, Gyumri and Mogilev the cultural capitals of the CIS.
It was also decided to declare the year of 2013 the Year of Environmental Culture and Environmental Protection in the CIS, focusing the major efforts in the framework of intergovernmental cooperation on this important topic.
The summit participants listened to detailed information on the work to implement the decisions of the CIS Council of Heads of State of 20 December 2011 on defining cooperation in the field of communication and information as the key point of economic cooperation of the CIS countries in 2012. The discussions on this issue demonstrated that cooperation between the CIS countries in this field is actively developing.
The CIS heads of state signed a number of agreements, including on cooperation in the field of integrated currency market and cooperation in the field of security and counter-terrorism.
The CIS Council of Heads of State agreed that in 2013 the CIS will be chaired by the Republic of Belarus, and co-chaired by Turkmenistan and Ukraine.
The CIS Council of Heads of State appointed Sergei Lebedev Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee, Executive Secretary for the period until 31 December 2016.
The next meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State will be held in the Republic of Belarus in October 2013.
The results of the Ashgabat summit were made public at a press conference. Speaking to the press, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that the summit was a fruitful exchange of views. The President of Turkmenistan expressed confidence that the agreements reached at the summit would say positively on the activities of the CIS, making it more dynamic and focused, and that constructive ideas and proposals would guide the further cooperation in the CIS.