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This year, Turkmenistan will celebrate 25 years of pursuing permanent neutrality policy adopted as an essence of the country’s foreign policy approach, recognized and endorsed by the United Nations.

This unique status of Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan, recognized by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on December 12, 1995, and again supported by another landmark resolution by the UN General Assembly on June 3, 2015. This has been the essence of Turkmenistan’s foreign policy, making a unique worldview that has defined Turkmenistan’s global stance for reaching out for peace and development for international cooperation.

To acknowledge the neutrality of Turkmenistan and its efforts for regional peace and stability, the UN General Assembly has also declared December 12 as the International Day of Neutrality on February 2, 2017, bypassing resolution A/RES/71/275).

For celebrating this year in a beautiful and memorable manner especially highlighting the role of Turkmenistan across the globe in the policy of permanent neutrality, the government of Turkmenistan has outlined meticulous plans to host conferences, forums, exhibitions at various levels in both countries and globally.

The inaugural event was an International Conference “Turkmenistan and International Organizations: Cooperation for Peace and Development” held in Ashgabat in January 2020. On the occasion President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow made a resounding commitment to continue supporting the UN in its global efforts for building cooperation and peace and outlined the entire foreign policy of Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan has promoted sustainable peace and culture for dialogue in resolving all the issues of conflict amongst states without becoming a party to anyone. The anniversary celebration of gaining this unique status of the permanent neutrality of the country has been designed by drafting an important slogan “Turkmenistan Home of Neutrality”. There is a strong need for countries such as Turkmenistan to take the lead in enabling building blocks for consensus and ensuring regional and international peace, security and sustainable development.

In an outright violation of the UN Resolutions, regional and global treaties, Armenia organized illegal combined presidential- parliamentary elections in the occupied region of Nagorno-Karabakh on March 31. Armenian authorities adopted the date of elections to put salt on the wounds of brave Azeri when across the globe they were mourning and paying homage to the martyrs of the Guba region ruthlessly killed in a genocide by the Armenians on the same date of March 31 in 1918.

Huge mass graves were excavated in 2007 and thereafter in 2013, a Genocide Memorial Complex was raised on the site.  Global communities including regional and international organizations have denounced these unlawful elections. The fake elections were meant to create a threat to not only the peace and stability of the region but also risked the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and inviolability of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Armenians and their puppet regime in the Nagorno-Karabakh region organized the elections also at the time when the world is battling its way to the recent COVID-19 deadly outbreak, creating further condemnation for endangering the lives of the innocent people in such times. Hence falsifying the raison d’etre of these elections during such times.

The elections rekindled extra tensions between two Caucasian nations that have been at the loggerheads since the early 1990s. We are witnessing one of the most terrifying and extraordinary times in our lifetimes. The dreadful COVID-19 virus has expanded across the globe with most of the countries are shutting down as they battle with the COVID-19 pandemic with limited resources and ever-increasing infections.

All the greatest economic and military titans are falling and nearly succumbing to an invisible microbe- COVID19. There is a famous English proverb that cometh the hour, cometh the man, referring to the fact that right leaders will come to the fore during the tough times. The COVID-19 pandemic is the right hour.

This crisis has exposed the dearth of leadership on a global scale. As a result,  not a single leader seems to formulate collective action, especially from global superpowers to rally countries and nations to deal with the crisis.  United Nations has called for a comprehensive response from the world leader. However, we have witnessed women coming out as exceptional leaders coming and there is a need for revision in this mentioned proverb. Women leaders in this time of crisis are creating and communicating actions by leading from the front.

We saw Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s having a liver conversation with her coach about  COVID-19, Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking to her populace in a clear and calm manner, Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen singing 80’s songs from her kitchen to show solidarity and support to all those staying at home.

Governments also need to find and embrace new ways for communicating with the populace instead of resorting to deception, strict deafness, and defensiveness. There is a strong need for honest, authentic, and transparent leadership at a global level.

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