I see the council and several governments of member-states are worried and many questions are asked.
The situation in Turkmenbaijan, I reffer to the strained relationship between Turkmenbaijanis and Kyrzbeks, isn't something recent. It is something which has been developed from the moment of independence and even before. It is true that under the previous governments led by SDH the relationship has only been deteriorated while it should have been improved. We all remember the deadly riots from last year at the Australian border. Nobody wants this. Not the government in Füzüli, not the Kyrzbek people and I think I can speak for your all; nobody of the Union.
To be clear; to call this situation a crisis isn't correct. The government of Turkmenbaijan doesn't mention refugees from Turkmenbaijan itself as there isn't a direct threat for the daily safety. So why did the Turkmenbaijani government asked Montenbourg to develop a peacekeeping mission? After the deadly riots, violent demonstrations from the side of the Kyrzbek people and an attack in the city of Basjrabad in 2016, the then SDH-government to ban the political fraction which represents the Kyrzbeks out of parliament and implemented travel bans on every ethnic Kyrzbek. Those measures where completely undemocratic and inhumane but it remained remarkably quit from these seats.
Now, to continue... Former president Asuman Baknezarayowa took already steps to cool down the situation and to normalize the relations between Turkmenbaijanis and Kyrzbeks. Also this government continues this normalization: the Kyrzbek political party is allowed to take part at the elections for the National Congress, the implemented travel bans are abandoned, all temperory border controls in the area have been abolished... There is still a long way to go. The government of Turkmenbaijan asked recently Montenbourg to develop a peacekeeping mission in order to prepare this long way. Turkmenbaijan asked Montenbourg to supervise with her peacekeeping mission forces the region to assure peace between ethnic Turkmenbaijanis and Kyrzbeks under Montenbourgian direction with the support of the government of Turkmenbaijan. A joint statement of both ministers of defense would be published in the upcoming days in which concrete agreements and goals are exposed.
The Turkmenbaijani government asked several times Australia to sit and discuss together. Under Nikola Nikolaj. Under Amos Bahman. Under Asuman Baknezarayowa. Under Kader Gurbuzyewa. Or the answer was negative; I quote 'The Government of Australia, at this time, will have to decline this meeting.' or there wasn't any answer. Now come and say that the government can't take any action to really take steps forward in this matter, as long as Australia is not around the table has a very double taste.
Thank you mr Speaker.
Mrs Aysel Annayewa,
Councillor of the State Turkmenbaijan.