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Turkmen president urges OSCE to intensify talks to fulfil plans of Turkmen gas supplies to Europe

October 18, 2013, 7:30 UTC+3

Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov recalled that the Caspian Sea region is turning quickly in one of the largest world centres of production and transportation of hydrocarbons

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ASHGABAT, October 18 (Itar-Tass) - Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov urged the member-countries of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE) “to intensify talks, refuse the politicization of the issues related to the supplies of energy resources, establish equitable and transparent partnership in creation of a multi-variant infrastructure of international supplies of energy carriers.”

U.N. Under-Secretary-General Sven Alkalaj, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara supported these proposals. They participated in the two-day Ashgabat international conference, which was devoted to energy security and sustainable development as the OSCE perspective. The speech of the Turkmen president was published in the domestic media on Friday.

“The topicality of the problem of ensuring energy security is obvious and is already not questioned,” local media quoted the president as saying. In his view, this factor influences directly the stability of the geopolitical situation on the continent and the nature of macroeconomic processes. “The OSCE with its high authority, a substantial political and intellectual potential can and should pool the efforts of the countries in the cause of creating an effective model of relations in the world energy space,” the president noted.

He praised highly that Turkmenistan is establishing an open and constructive dialogue with the European Union on energy issues. “Jointly with specific EU structures we are laying down organizational and legal foundations for the practical fulfillment of the projects of gas supplies from Turkmenistan to Europe (the project of the trans-Caspian gas pipeline),” the president added.

The president recalled that the Caspian Sea region is turning quickly in one of the largest world centres of production and transportation of hydrocarbons. The current task is to combine fair economic interests, the realities of international partnership in the energy sphere with the need to keep the biological diversity in the Caspian Sea and to prevent its fragile ecological balance from disruption. “In this issue we hope for OSCE’s assistance. We need not just declarations, but serious expert assessments, constant monitoring of the situation, which would serve as a basis of developing adequate decisions, including political and legal decisions,” Berdymukhamedov stated.

Turkmenistan holds the fourth place in the world in terms of natural gas reserves. The country exports gas to China, Russia and Iran. To diversify the gas supply routes Ashgabat plans to build a trans-Caspian gas pipeline, which the European Union and the United States have been lobbying in the recent years, and to resume the supplies in Ukraine. 

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