Belarusian delegation travels to Turkmenistan for talks on Garlyko GOK

The new ambassador of Belarus to Turkmenistan, Vyacheslav Beskosty , began his mission , presenting credentials to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov .

After the ceremony, Beskosty told reporters that Belarus and Turkmenistan could find a compromise on problematic issues that arose during the implementation of the construction project of the Garlyk mining and processing plant.

I see the readiness of Turkmen colleagues. They openly demonstrate it. At a meeting today, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov confirmed that the Turkmen side was ready for a compromise, Belta quoted the Belarusian news agency as ambassador .

According to the diplomat, a delegation from Belarus will arrive in Ashgabat on October 10, which will include Deputy Prime Minister Igor Lyashenko and the head of Belaruskali and the main contractor, Belgorkhimprom.

Earlier it was reported that on the same day, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko will visit Turkmenistan on a two-day visit .

The ambassador did not specify with what proposals the Belarusian side would arrive, saying the following: In any conflict there is no one party that bears full blame or responsibility. This project is no exception. I think there is a share of guilt on each side. Our approach and our vision of this situation is that the Turkmen side at some stage stopped financing work after the construction of the GOK was completed. Accordingly, our experts were forced to decide on the suspension of construction and commissioning. Therefore, such a situation developed, mutual claims formed, the parties filed against the other with the international arbitration of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

Recall that in September, President Lukashenko, appointing Beskosty to the post of ambassador to Turkmenistan, instructed him to take up the normalization of relations between the countries.

None of the other potential partners will offer Turkmenistan such conditions as the Belarusian side. I think it's just necessary to resume this conversation without rolling over each other. If it doesn't work out, we will follow the appropriate path, the head of Belarus said then.

The owner of the GOK state concern "Turkmenhimiya" is suing the Belarusian company Belgorkhimprom. The Turkmen side is unhappy that the contractor has not completed work at the facility, and Belgorkhimprom, in turn, claims that the project was not completely completed, as the customer refused to pay for the work done and owed more than $ 150 million.

According to data from November 2018, GOK produces only 2.3% (32.3 thousand tons per year) of the planned fertilizer volume.

The plant was commissioned on March 31, 2017, the cost of its construction amounted to $ 1.1 billion.

On September 6, the Belarusian publication reported that the Garlyk mining and processing potash plant was still idle. It is possible that the problem is poor ore and flooding.

On September 11, the Kompromat Belarus telegram channel reported that Belarus's issue of recovering Turkmenistan's overdue debts of almost $ 200 million has not been resolved and is being considered by the Stockholm arbitration.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan