SRSG Miroslav Jenča visited Tajikistan

30 Mar 2012

SRSG Miroslav Jenča visited Tajikistan

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan --

On 24-28 March, Ambassador Miroslav Jenča, SRSG and Head of UNRCCA, visited Tajikistan. He was received by H.E. Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, held meetings with high ranking officials, members of the international community and representatives of civil society organizations. He also participated in the RECCA V conference, which was preceded by official celebrations on the occasion of Navruz.

The meeting with President Rahmon was devoted to latest developments in Central Asia. Particularly, the President drew the SRSG's attention to the recent deterioration of the relations between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The SRSG attended the Fifth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA V) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Attended by Representatives from more than 70 states and international organizations, among them more than a dozen UN missions, agencies, funds and programs participated in the conference. The delegation of the United Nations was led by Ján Kubiš, SRSG and Head of UNAMA. USG Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of UNESCAP, and ASG Kori Udovički on behalf of UNDP were also in attendance.

The participants adopted a Declaration on a Result-oriented Partnership for Promoting Regional Integration, Stability and Prosperity, outlining their commitment to regional economic cooperation and integration as a means to exploit and develop the long term economic potential of Afghanistan and mitigate the economic consequences of the gradual withdrawal of international combat troops in the wake of the ongoing Transition Process in Afghanistan. The Declaration also welcomed the commitment of the United Nations and its programs in the region to play an active and contributing role in the implementation of the outcomes of RECCA V. A number of tangible projects were proposed in the course of the conference. Among other they focus on Development through Building Infrastructure (railways, highways, energy (TAPI, CASA-1000); Human Resource Development; Support to Investment, Trade, Transit and Border Management; Regional Disaster Risk Management; and the rehabilitation of the Regional Fibre Optic Connectivity.