The United Nations is prepared to work with countries in Central Asia to address their problems in managing water and energy resources, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, April 2, 2010.
He was speaking at the UN Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.
Ban is on a fact-finding tour of the region, starting with Turkmenistan.
On Friday he had a meeting with President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov as well as a number of meetings at the regional centre for preventive diplomacy, established in 2007 and headquartered in Ashgabat.
Ban said that in Central Asia there exist “common tasks, common problems and common responsibilities.”
However he said that of course there are different positions, for instance regarding the use of natural and water resources, and also other resources, such as oil and gas.
These issues can be addressed only on the basis of mutual understanding and cooperation.
The United Nations is prepared to work along these lines, in particular, through the regional centre for preventive diplomacy for Central Asia based in Ashgabat, Ban said.
He said that it was important for the Ashgabat centre to establish partnership with countries in Central Asia as its activities included major issues such as the prevention of terrorism and trans-border crimes, human trafficking and some other modern challenges.
Ban said he was glad to see the centre’s close cooperation with other international organizations like the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and others.
He said that the challenges of today are very complicated for each individual country and for each organization, as such there has to be coordination and partnership.