New York

21 December 2006

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the death of President Niyazov of Turkmenistan

The Secretary-General has learned of the sudden death of Turkmen President Saparmurat Atayevich Niyazov. President Niyazov made important contributions to United Nations peace processes in Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the family of the late President and people of Turkmenistan.