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OSCE Ready For Closer Ties With Turkmenistan


http://gdb.rferl.org/5F2A8A69-1F61-4D36-B874-975C6EA15966_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/5F2A8A69-1F61-4D36-B874-975C6EA15966_mw800_mh600.jpg Moratinos with President Berdymukhammedov in Ashgabat today (OSCE) April 12, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The chairman in office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) encouraged Turkmenistan today to intensify its cooperation with the international community.


Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos also said the OSCE is ready to provide "increased support" in the political, economic, educational, and environmental-security fields -- including addressing land degradation.


Moratinos spoke in Ashgabat, where he was meeting with top Turkmen officials, including President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov.


Moratinos is scheduled to continue his tour of the five Central Asian countries with a stop in Uzbekistan today.


In Astana on April 10, he called on Kazakhstan to implement reforms.

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