"Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan-China" project implementation has big political and economic significance - N.Nazarbayev
ASHGABAT. December 14. KAZINFORM /Aigul Tulekbayeva/ Implementation of the "Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan-China" project has big political and economic significance for the whole region. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has said it at the launching ceremony of gas pipeline officially titled "Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan-China". "It is a bright example of mutually beneficial cooperation and partnership of our countries", N.Nazarbayev said. He noted that positions of Central Asian region will strengthen in the world energy system with the pipeline launching. Kazakhstan as reliable partner and responsible participant of the regional cooperation will strengthen multilateral interaction in the issues of hydrocarbons transit through its territory to the third countries, in that case to China. The Head of the State noted social aspect of this project. "1.3 thousand km passes on Kazakhstan. It is not only the pipeline, but roads, electric lines, communication lines, thousand employed people, new settlements, i.e. it is great benefit for the people of our countries", the Head of Kazakhstan said. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov named the pipeline as one of the most ambitious energy projects of the modernity. 7 thousand km were laid in difficult climate conditions in the shortest time. According to him, dozens large foreign companies participated in the pipeline construction. In Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov's opinion, it is important that the pipeline will make big positive influence on the general situation in the region and will be a security factor in Asia, will give additional steadiness for the political and economic ties system of the continent. President of the People's Republic of China Hu Jintao noted that cooperation in the field of energy activated in these latter days, and the pipeline is one of the significant joint projects. "We will apply efforts for all-round development of the cooperation of all countries in the energy field, achievement of st6able development of our countries' energy industry, and for long-term, stable and reliable relations in the energy sphere", Hu Jintao said. Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov noted that this construction project will become the history of the XXI century. He assured that Uzbekistan will ensure reliable, secure transit of the Turkmen gas to Kazakhstan and then to China.