TURKMENISTAN RETURNS TO THE STAGE IN HOSTING CIS SUMMIT
On 22 November 2007 the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat hosted a meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States for the first time in nearly 15 years. The big topic on the agenda is harmonizing customs' procedures to allow the sharing of electricity and the transportation of goods within the CIS. The President of Turkmenistan, Mr. Berdymukhammedov said recently that Turkmenistan has no plans to stray from its UN-recognized status as a neutral country, which could be interpreted as saying that Turkmenistan will have better cooperation with the CIS and some of its institutions but is not quite ready for full membership.
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