We, the heads of the CIS member-states, giving a positive assessment of the CIS and noting its role in the construction of the new architecture of mutual relations between the CIS member-states, addressing the key issues of regional and inter-regional development,
Expressing the desire to further develop mutually beneficial and multifaceted cooperation and capacity building of the CIS in solving the urgent problems of our time,
Recognizing the need to improve the effectiveness of the existing mechanisms of multilateral cooperation within the CIS, as well as the organizational, legal and institutional framework of the CIS,
Wishing to ensure economic progress and prosperity of the people of our countries,
Guided by the principles of democracy, humanism, and respect for human rights and freedoms, strengthening of the moral values, building trust and understanding between the peoples,
Reaffirming the commitment to preserve cultural diversity, dialogue of cultures, recognizing the right of the people to free national and cultural development,
Expressing the commitment to the goals and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and founding documents of the CIS, as well as the universally recognized norms of international law,
The establishment of the CIS was necessitated by the objective need to preserve the traditional humanitarian, economic and other relations in the period of history when there emerged new independent states, which, in turn, predetermined the viability of the CIS as an authoritative regional organization.
Over the years, the CIS has proved its relevance, serving as a political platform for discussion and resolution of political, economic, humanitarian and other issues of cooperation through international legal means.
We express readiness to further strengthen the role of the CIS in the establishment of the system of regional and inter-regional relations, along with a viable and effective cooperation mechanism, meeting the requirements of modern times.
We acknowledge the efforts of the CIS in strengthening the overall security and stability, considering it an important tool in prevention and settlement of disputes. We also consider it necessary to build the capacity of the CIS in using the means of preventive diplomacy and confidence building measures.
At present, there are new trends showing significant strengthening of the role of economic factors in development of international relations. In this regard, we consider it a priority to use the potential of economic cooperation in the CIS for the comprehensive solution of the social, economic and other issues. The most promising areas for the development of cooperation in this regard may include the establishment of international transport and communication corridors, development of energy, science and technology partnerships, and stimulation of investment activity.
We believe that one of the major factors contributing to the comprehensive development of the CIS is strengthening cooperation in the fields of culture, education, social rights and individual freedoms.
We emphasize that the organized crime, terrorism, illicit trafficking of narcotics and psychotropic substances pose serious threat to the safety of the CIS member-states, and declare our willingness to resolutely fight against these phenomena.
We consider it expedient to continue to work on the further improvement of the CIS activities and its legal framework, taking into account the world experience in management of international processes. We are firmly convinced of the need to continue developing relations in various fields and promote the strengthening of friendship and cooperation between the CIS member-states.
State News Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH)
© TURKMENISTAN.RU, 2012
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.
The International Conference titled “Revival of the Great Silk Road in the Era of Power and Happiness: Deep roots and Current Opportunities” opened in Ashgabat. It has been organized by the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan.
As the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports from Ashgabat, the forum brought together scientists from more than 20 countries, including the U.S., China, Italy, Germany, Japan, France, Turkey, Iran, Korea, Spain, Morocco, the CIS and other countries.
The opening ceremony was followed by a plenary session, in which the foreign participants — scientists from the U.S., Russia, Turkey, Poland and Germany made presentations.
There were also held four thematic sessions at the Academy of Sciences and its subsidiary Institutions such as the Institute of History, the Institute of Archeology and the Institute of Ethnography. The issues discussed at these sessions were grouped under the following topics: “Current Opportunities for Revival of the Great Silk Road”, “Main Directions of the Great Silk Road and Their Research”, “The Great Silk Road and Development of the Material Culture of the Turkmens”, “The Great Silk Road and Development of Spiritual Culture of the Turkmens”.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov sent a welcome message to the participants of the conference. In his message, the President of Turkmenistan noted that the place of the Great Silk Road in the world history is characterized not only by the economic categories, but also by the rich cultural, scientific and educational potential, the creative capacity of the peoples that lived at that time in the Eurasian continent, who formed a considerable part of the historical and cultural heritage of humanity.
The Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan, heads of Turkmenistan’s diplomatic missions at the United Nations and the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, Jacinta Barrins, discussed the status and prospects of further development of the strategic cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Nations. The meeting took place at the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan.
According to the press service of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry, the sides stressed the need to consolidate efforts for the more effective implementation of the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Development Programme, signed on March 2 this year.
The sides also discussed the progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals as well as prospects of holding national consultations to identify proposals for development of the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. The sides exchanged views on other priority issues of bilateral cooperation, the Foreign Ministry said.