Turkmenistan urges UN to launch Aral Sea conservation program

Turkmenistan urges UN to launch Aral Sea conservation program

In his address to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov urged UN member states to support the initiative of creating a special UN program for conservation of the Aral Sea basin.

"We have embarked on the implementation of Turkmenistan s initiative regarding the elaboration of a Special UN Programme for the Aral Sea basin and earmarking the Aral problem as a separate sphere of Organization s work. I call on the United Nations member states to support our initiative," he said, TASS reports.

"The UN resolution on the cooperation between the United Nations and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea adopted by consensus on 18 April this year can serve as a good basis for this," the Turkmen leader went on.

"It is apparent that preservation of the Aral Sea can no longer be considered as an internal regional problem. Its successful solution requires assistance from the international community, an innovative purpose-oriented and comprehensive international approach and systematic participation of the United Nations in this endeavor," he added.