Statement for Press by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has circulated the following press release: "As is known, speaking at a government meeting on 12 April 2013, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov emphasized that “every citizen of Turkmenistan, regardless of his or her nationality, gender, origin, property and official status, language, religion, political views, will receive a new Turkmen citizenship passport without fail and on time.” In this regard, beginning June 17, 2013, the State Migration Service of Turkmenistan will start issuing new biometric Turkmen citizenship passports to those citizens who are owners of the Russian Federation passports.In doing so, Turkmenistan, as a responsible member of the international community, reaffirms its commitment to fulfilling its international obligations to respect human rights and freedoms.”
Russia Welcomes Turkmenistan's Decision to Give Passports to Dual Citizenship Holders
“Russia welcomes the statement of Turkmenistan’s Foreign Ministry published on June 14, 2013, saying that as of June 17 Turkmenistan’s State Migration Service will start issuing new biometric passports to the Turkmen citizens who also hold the citizenship of Russia. We regard this decision as evidence of Turkmenistan's commitment to its international obligations to respect human rights and freedoms," Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on its website.
The statement notes that Russia will begin the process ratifying the Protocol dated April 10, 2003, which terminates the Agreement between Russia and Turkmenistan on dual citizenship signed in December 1993.
Turkmenistan's Delegation Studies International Experience in Internet Regulation
With the support of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Estonia’s Foreign Ministry, a Turkmen delegation including members of Parliament and staff members of Turkmentelecom and the web portal “Turkmenistan – Golden Age,” visited Tallinn on a study tour. The study tour sought to expose the delegation to Estonia’s experience regulating the Internet, and they met with members of Estonia’s parliament, Foreign Ministry, and government.
Latvia's President receives Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
Latvian President Andris Berzins received a delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov, in Riga to participate in annual meetings on intercontinental transport communication entitled “Arteries Connect the Heart of Asia with the Rest of the World.”
Lithuanian PM to study Caspian Projects in Turkmenistan
Prime Minister of Lithuania Algirdas Butkevičiusis is to visit Turkmenistan on June 17 to become familiar with prospects to develop the Turkmen port city of Turkmenbashi and the Avaza tourist resort on the Caspian, the Turkmen government reported. He also plans to visit an oil refinery in Turkmenbashi and to meet with President Berdymukhamedov, where he is expected to sign bilateral agreements on avoidance of double taxation on income and capital, prevention of tax evasion, and economic cooperation.
Sources: trend.az, Turkmenistan.ru
UNESCO Experts Study Natural Monuments of Turkmenistan
The third international expedition to Koytendag (the mountain range in east Turkmenistan’s and home to several natural monuments) is now completed. The expedition team included members of the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (UK), who are UNESCO international experts on the World Natural Heritage, as well as scientists, botanists, biologists, and ornithologists from Bulgaria, Romania and other countries. Several Turkmen scientists, members of the Institute of Botany of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan, and specialists of the Ministry of Nature Protection and the State Committee on Tourism, also participated in the expedition.
Turkmen Teachers Among Winners of World Russian Language and Literature Contest
Turkmen teachers were among the winners of the Second World Linguistic and Cultural Russian Language and Literature Contest, the results of which were announced in Moscow. Five thousand representatives from 25 countries took part in the event.
Turkmenistan Ranked 103 out of 163 in Global Peace Index
Turkmenistan ranked 103 out of 162 in the seventh edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks nations according to their level of peace. It is composed of 22 qualitative and quantitative indicators from sources that gauge three broad areas including: the level of safety and security in society; the extent of domestic or international conflict; and the degree of militarization. During the past five years Turkmenistan has been ranked 117, 108, 117, 101, 102 respectively.
Source: visionfhumanity.org, guardian.co.uk