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Turkmenistan’s anti-terrorism strategy was presented at forum in Vienna

Turkmenistan’s National Strategy for Preventing Violent Extremism and Countering Terrorism for 2020-2024 was presented on the sidelines of the High-Level Regional Conference on Problems Related to Terrorism in Vienna on Wednesday, February 12. The conference was organized by the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, OSCE and Switzerland in cooperation with the Albania’s OSCE Chairmanship.

UN Under-Secretary-General and UNOCT Head Vladimir Voronkov, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Natalia German, OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger and Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat Natalya Drozd spoke on the Turkmenistan’s anti-terrorism strategy. The meeting was attended by representatives of UNODC, IOM, as well as permanent representatives of OSCE participating States.

The presentation of the strategy, approved by President Berdimuhamedov at the end of last year, was conducted by the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to international organizations in Vienna. The development of this document was based on the analysis of international best practices in the fight against violent extremism and terrorism, including the principles laid down in the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and recommendations of the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate. The practice of other countries of the region and neutral states was also taken into account.

Particular attention in the preparation of the strategy was given to an integrated approach. A working group was created for this purpose, including representatives of 24 state institutions and public associations.

High ranking UN and OSCE representatives highlighted in their speeches the leading role of Turkmenistan in ensuring security and sustainable development in the region. They emphasized that Turkmenistan is the first country in Central Asia to adopt the National Strategy for Preventing Violent Extremism and Countering Terrorism.

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