Ashgabat Hosted OSCE International Conference on Energy Security
Ashgabat hosted an International Conference on “Energy Security and Sustainable Development in the OSCE Region.” Participants included leaders and senior representatives of international organizations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), international oil and gas companies, scientists, and experts, including the OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier; the UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Sven Alkalaj; the OSCE Chairman and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Leonid Kozhara; and the Turkish Minister of Development, Cevdet Yilmaz. "An effective form of cooperation with the EU has been created," President Berdymukhamedov said in his opening speech on energy cooperation. "At this stage, substantive work is being conducted to establish a legal framework for the implementation of a project for natural gas supplies from Turkmenistan to Europe in the future.” The Turkmen President said that a joint committee including representatives of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and the European Union is working toward this end.
The conference participants heard reports on energy diplomacy, integration and legal relations; the functioning of the global energy system; the interaction of producer countries, transit countries and consumers of energy resources; and the development of international cooperation in the fields of energy resources, technology transfer and use of alternative energy sources. A number of meetings were held as part of the conference, including the quadrilateral meeting of the delegations of Ukraine, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan.
At the end of the conference, the OSCE Acting Chairman and the Government of Turkmenistan signed a joined statement, saying that the conference marked an important step toward providing global energy security. President Berdymukhamedov held a personal meeting with the OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier to discuss energy security and stability of energy supplies. The OSCE regards Turkmenistan as one of its key partners in the region, said Zannier.
Sources: Turkmenistan.ru, trend.az, Turkmenistan.ru, Turmenistan.ru
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