Press Release

Declaration of the International Day of Neutrality

18 February 2017

  • The UN Country Team in Turkmenistan has congratulated the Government of Turkmenistan on the adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution RES/ 71/275. 

Declaring the 12th of December as the International Day of Neutrality at the national conference "The foreign policy of neutral Turkmenistan: Cooperation for Peace and Progress", dedicated to the national Day of Diplomatic Workers and the Day of the State Flag of Turkmenistan held on 18 February 2017.  

Speaking on behalf of all UN resident and non-resident agencies operating in the country, Ms. Elena Panova, the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan,  commended the Government for its contribution to peace, security and sustainable development in the world and noted that the adoption of the resolution is an acknowledgment of the successful diplomacy of Turkmenistan whose permanent neutrality was formally recognized by the UN system on 12 December 1995 by the UNGA resolution “Permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan”.

The UN Resident Coordinator expressed confidence that the strategic Turkmenistan-UN partnership would continue to develop in the interests of the people of Turkmenistan, regional and global cooperation, peace and security in the whole world.

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