U.S. State Department Official Holds Talks in Turkmenistan
The US State Department Senior Advisor, Office of the Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy, Daniel Stein, held talks with Turkmen government officials to discuss cooperation in the energy sector. According to Stein, the US values Turkmenistan’s energy strategy and the country’s initiatives to ensure global energy security and development of broad international cooperation in various areas.
Turkmenistan to be represented at world energy forum in Abu Dhabi
A Turkmen delegation will participate in the sixth World Future Energy Summit organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to be held in Abu Dhabi from January 15-17. The agenda includes energy security, alternative energy development, the use of renewable energy sources, and the active introduction of so-called "clean technologies" in various sectors and industries. The Turkmen delegation will be represented by the State Agency for the Management and Use of Hydrocarbon Resources under the Turkmen President.
Head of OSCE Centre in Ashgabat holds talks at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
The Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, Ambassador Ivo Petrov, met with Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss joint projects for 2013 that would include cooperation in the political, economic, environmental, cultural and humanitarian sectors.
Turkmenistan Faces Second UN Human Rights Review
The United Nations Human Rights Council will examine Turkmenistan’s human rights record in late April or early May 2013. It can only be hoped that in 2013, a few members of the United Nations will see beyond the brazen pronouncements of Turkmen diplomats and ask them why, after four long and dark years, the OSCE participating State has no free press, and no independent civil society; why religious groups still face restrictions and citizens cannot freely move and immigrate. If they do, perhaps a few of those inside the country, who find ways to penetrate the information blockade, will at least know that, under the thick blanket of hypocrisy covering human rights discourse, a small ray of hope remains for a free and democratic state, said Aaron Rhodes, a founder of the Freedom Rights Project, in an article for Turkmenistan Chronicles.
Source: Turkmenistan Chronicles