This news was read 7664 users

9-12-2011, 10:50

Zarifi said the relevance of the CASA-1000 for the revival of Afghanistan

Avesta.Tj | 09.12.2011 | Tajik Foreign Minister Zarifi Hamrokhon through participation in the meeting of OSCE Foreign Ministers in Vilnius (Lithuania), met with UN Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe.


As the Department of Information Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, the meeting informed the Pasco Zarifi about the country and the region, preparation for the Regional Conference on Economic Cooperation with Afghanistan RECCA-V, scheduled for March 26-27, 2012 in Dushanbe.


Particular attention was paid to explaining the constructive position of the Republic of Tajikistan to address water and energy problems in Central Asia, regional security issues and the situation in Afghanistan in light of the reduction of military presence in the international coalition forces in the neighboring country.


In this regard, the Foreign Minister of Tajikistan, drew attention of the interlocutor on the need for this operation under UN auspices, as well as the importance of strengthening cooperation between the UN and the Republic of Tajikistan in the field of strengthening the Tajik-Afghan border, combating transnational threats and assist in the economic reconstruction of Afghanistan.


Zarifi said that Tajikistan is interested to make a contribution to the rehabilitation and revival of Afghanistan. In this sense, the value of the project CASA-1000 and the building of transport corridors linking Tajikistan with Afghanistan, played a paramount role.


In response, UN Deputy Secretary General thanked Tajikistan for a contribution to peace and stability in the region and initiatives to support Afghanistan and pledged to help Tajikistan in Dushanbe Conference holding RECCA-V.


The same day, Foreign Minister of Tajikistan met with the Special Representative of the European Union for Central Asia Pierre Morel.


During the conversation, Pierre Morel said the Tajik side to hold the next meeting of EU foreign ministers and Central Asia in Bishkek in mid-April 2012. The agenda included the following issues - regional security in light of changing political and military situation in Afghanistan, the adaptation strategy of the European Union's cooperation with Central Asia in the new environment with a focus on the solution of water and energy issues, migration, etc.


Morel welcomed the holding in Dushanbe next regional conference on cooperation with Afghanistan (RECCA-V) and confirmed his participation at the event. In turn, the EU Special Representative for Central Asia Tajikistan invited to take part in the High-Level Conference CABSI, which will take place in spring 2012 in Vienna.


Zarifi, praised the current level of cooperation between Tatarstan and the EU, and briefed in detail about the situation in the region and country. The head of the Tajik Foreign Ministry made a special emphasis on the recent initiatives of Tajikistan to strengthen regional security in Central Asia and the proposals for the further expansion of cooperation with Afghanistan in the field of energy, transport and training.


In the second half of the same day in Vilnius, Minister Zarifi met with UN Special Representative for Afghanistan, Jan Kubis. The sides thoroughly exchanged views on the development of the current situation in the region and Afghanistan.


Zarifi, announced the official position of the Republic of Tajikistan to further the peaceful settlement of the situation in the neighboring country, stressing the need to increase financial and economic aid to the world community to Afghanistan for its reconstruction and economic recovery.


It was stressed that in view of the forthcoming transfer of power in Afghanistan to further ensure security, the role of the UN as an international structure to continue to assist the Afghan authorities in achieving this goal.


Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterated the readiness of Tajikistan to use their capacity to provide economic and technical assistance to Afghanistan, particularly in the areas of electricity, communications, and the training of military and civilian personnel.