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CHANGES TO TURKMENISTAN'S FLAG

by Lowell Bezanis

An olive branch motif is to be added to Turkmenistan's national flag, RFE/RL reported on 30 January. According to a presidential decree issued the day before, the branch, which is similar to the olive branch on the UN flag, is to appear below the five motifs situated on the flag's left corner. The decree noted the olive branch is to symbolize the peace-loving nature of the Turkmen people as well as the country's "neutral" status. Changes to the Turkmen national anthem and alphabet have also been made by presidential decree.

From the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Moscow the "Nederlandse Vereniging voor Vlaggen-kunde" got a paper flag of the new flag of Turkmenistan.

The laurel braches are of the same model as in the flag of the United Nations. According to a Dutch diplomat the laurel branches refer presumably to the resolution, adopted January 12, 1995 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, in which is stated that the Republic of Turkmenistan is permanently neutral. In Turkmenistan they were very proud of this resolution. The colors used in the flag are: black, Pantone Black; green, Pantone 342; red, Pantone 187; and yellow, Pantone 1375.


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