Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Germany Maneuvers To Claim Central Asia’s Problems As Europe’s Problems

Berlin steps in to help resolve Central Asian water disputes
Germany has offered to help Central Asian countries resolve their disputes over water supplies in the region and has offered assistance with investment in solar and wind energy in order to help conserve water.

“Regional cooperation and an understanding of the importance of natural resources are vitally important for the world and for the wellbeing of Europe,” Guido Westerwelle, Germany’s Foreign Minister, said on 7-8 March at the Berlin Conference Water Diplomacy for Central Asia. The conference ended with the signing of the Berlin Declaration.

Uzbekistan was represented at the Water Diplomacy conference by Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Norov. His counterparts from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan also attended. Turkmenistan was represented by its Ambassador in Germany, as was Afghanistan, the latter attending as an observer.

The European Union Special Representative for Central Asia, Pierre Morel, attended the conference as an envoy of major donor organisations such as the World Bank and USAID. Read More