H. E. Mr. Rashid Meredov, Minister for Foreign Affairs
29 September 2008
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RASHID MEREDOV, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, said that, as a party to major instruments adopted by the United Nations to combat international terrorism and organized crime, his country supported the Organization’s efforts aimed at developing a global strategy to fight terrorism, and stood ready to provide its practical assistance to the international community in that regard. Because it considered non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction a pressing issue on the international agenda, connected with ensuring peace and security, his country played an active role in identifying non-proliferation measures and took practical steps for their implementation both at the national and international levels.
He said as a party to the Comprehensive Treaty on Nuclear Non-Proliferation, and other important international legal instruments in that area, Turkmenistan had joined the international initiative aimed at preventing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and in that connection, considered its signing of the Treaty on Establishing a Nuclear-Free Zone in Central Asia an important element in the efforts of the world community to resolve that issue. Turkmenistan was also ready to cooperate with the United Nations in effecting comprehensive measures for the collective interaction in order to deal with the most pressing issues of the times, such as that of energy security, which, he pointed out, had become one of the integral components of the global security system.
He told the Assembly that the availability and accessibility of fuel and energy resources, their free delivery to international markets and effective use by the consumers had become major factors in the development of the world economy as a whole. As one of the major oil and natural gas producers, Turkmenistan held a prominent place in the global energy system and, in that regard, took a responsible position to developing international cooperation on the basis of its national interests and needs of its partners. But in order to ensure adequate supplies to the world energy markets, the country would also need a highly developed infrastructure of international pipeline networks.
Furthermore, he said that ensuring energy security was not confined only to problems relating to an increase in the volume of hydrocarbon extraction and development of new deposits, and expanding infrastructure for transport and delivery of energy supplies to end users. It was necessary to take into account a number of other factors, such as political stability, the situation at the world markets, and the presence of security guarantees for international pipelines.
He said, adequate security of energy infrastructure facilities also implied a decrease in their vulnerability from the impact of natural and man-made calamities, likely risks connected to changes in the military-political situation in certain regions of the world, threats from international terrorist and unauthorized siphoning of transported energy resources.
He added that, because the present coordination of the efforts of States to establish a unified system of energy security had become an especially pressing issue, it was necessary to develop an appropriate international legal framework and effective partnership mechanisms, including those for the protection of energy transportation systems. He believed that was a problem that affected all: producers and transit countries as well as end users of energy resources.