UN Supreme Commissar for Human Rights Louise Arbour in Ashkhabad
Louise Arbour, UN Supreme Commissar for Human Rights, is visiting Turkmenistan within the framework of her fact-finding tour of Central Asian countries. President Gurbankuly Berdymuhammedov received the UN executive on May 3.
Arbour and Berdymuhammedov discussed advancement of the dialogue between Turkmenistan and the UN. "The visitor was updated on the course of the socioeconomic reforms under way in Turkmenistan and on the efforts to better the national legislation necessary for step-by-step development of a mature civil society," Turkmenistan.Ru quoted a source from the Presidential Press Service as saying.
UN Coordinator for Turkmenistan Richard Young and Mathilda Bogner, of the Central Asian division of the Directorate of the UN Supreme Commissar for Human Rights, were present at the meeting too.
Arbour visited Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. Judging by the official UN bulletin, Arbour is meeting with regional leaders to discuss expansion of the presence of the Directorate of the UN Supreme Commissar for Human Rights in Central Asia.
The government of Uzbekistan denied the UN commissar the permission to visit the country. "The Uzbek authorities replied that they did not have the time to meet with us," Arbour said on a visit to Kyrgyzstan several days ago.