Ashgabat Hosted International Conference on Border Security
Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the 11th Conference of the Central Asia Border Security Initiative (CABSI). As the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Patricia Flor, said in her opening remarks, the EU will continue providing support for border security to the countries of Central Asia. She noted that the EU is cooperating with all of the countries of the region, including Afghanistan, to strengthen their borders against transnational threats. The conference brought together representatives of international and regional organizations, UN agencies, the European Union, law enforcement agencies, and border and migration services from Central Asian countries. The agenda included issues including the modernization of border control systems, combatting illegal migration and illegal border crossing, drug trafficking, corruption, as well as border cooperation between Central Asia and Afghanistan.
President of Turkmenistan Receives EU Special Envoy
President Berdymukhamedov received the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Patricia Flor, who arrived in Ashgabat to attend the 11th Conference of the Central Asia Border Security Initiative (CABSI). Berdymukhamedov and Flor discussed cooperation between Turkmenistan and the EU in key areas such as trade, economy, and energy.
Chairman of Turkmen-German Forum Held Talks at Turkmenistan’s Foreign Ministry
The Chairman of the Turkmen-German Forum, Klaus-Jurgen Hedrihom, held talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan to discuss cooperation in the trade, economic, cultural, and humanitarian sectors.
Turkmen – German Forest Protection Project Completed
Turkmenistan's and Germany's Environmental Ministries completed a joint forest protection project. The German Society for International Cooperation, which implemented the project, gave a presentation to show the three pilot territories selected for innovative plans for the sustainable development of forest resources. The partnership developed proposals to correct seeds planting with consideration for Turkmenistan’s special climate conditions.
Activists Seek Prisoners' Proof of Life
Rights activists are calling on Turkmenistan’s government to disclose information about a group of approximately 30 political prisoners who have not been heard from for over 10 years
As part of an OSCE human rights meeting in Warsaw on October 2, activists from the Civic Solidarity Platform, a coalition, and Virginia-based Crude Accountability launched the campaign, “Prove They Are Alive: The Disappeared in the Turkmen Prisons,” Fergana News reported. The editor-in-chief of the oppositional Gundogar website, Bayram Shikhmuradov, son of one of the political prisoners, Boris Shikhmuradov, helped to organize the initiative. The head of the US delegation at the meeting, Ambassador Robert Bradtke said that the US government supports this campaign.