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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

New agenda for the EU-Central Asia relations in the framework of the 13th Annual Ministerial Meeting (debate)

  Ramona Nicole Mănescu (PPE). – Mr President, I first want to thank Ms Mogherini for her statement on Turkmenistan. As rapporteur for Turkmenistan, I can only express my concerns on the situation in this country: lack of respect for human rights, corruption and low democratic standards. Such topics are indeed sensitive and difficult to approach through direct talks, producing little or no result through the classic diplomatic tools. A constant new presence in Turkmenistan would be constructive and efficient, more than isolation, if we want to achieve our goals and not just talk about them.

Most of my colleagues share this position, and this is why the European Parliament has already requested a fully-fledged delegation in Ashgabat. If we all consider that a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with Turkmenistan as a legal support will offer a strong platform for constructive relations, then I can only ask High Representative Ms Mogherini to give us full support to achieve this goal as soon as possible.

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