Tacan İLDEM 12.01.2012




12 January 2012

Thank you Mr. Chairperson,

I join the previous speakers in warmly welcoming Tánaiste and Minister Gilmore to the Permanent Council as the OSCE's 2012 Chairman-in-Office. We would like to thank you Mr. Minister for today’s presentation of Ireland’s priorities and commend your personal commitment to the OSCE.

Your Chairmanship comes at a time when our region faces a number of challenges. You have named a few. Let me emphasize and touch upon some of them.

Conflicts in our vicinity is a source of concern. Despite the OSCE commitments undertaken at the highest political level, the conflicts which our organization is mandated to resolve unfortunately remain protracted. Along the work to be done in connection with the conflict cycle decision of Vilnius, a parallel thinking on ways to reinvigorate the existing OSCE formats dealing with conflicts is in our view also needed. The credibility of the organization is at stake in this regard. The Minsk Group, which has close to 20 years of existence, is a case in point, demonstrating the need of such reinvigoration.

Conflicts have a negative bearing on our work in the politico-military sphere as well. The update of the Vienna Document is closely linked with the equal geographical implementation of the Document and we all know that this is problematic in conflict areas dealt by the OSCE.

We hope that Ireland, with its experience in this field will be able to leave a footprint and contribute to concrete progress towards the peaceful and negotiated resolution of the protracted conflicts.

A second challenge that we would like to address is of a conceptual nature. In the past, we have all benefited from the OSCE’s seminal concepts of comprehensive, indivisible and cooperative security. And now and also as a consequence of the Astana tasking, we are confronted with the challenge of carrying forward our work by refining our concepts to respond to present day needs. In this light the elusive concept of a “security community” has yet to be defined. Turkey regards this as one of the priority areas of OSCE work in the period ahead of us.

Let me at this stage briefly deal with the priorities set by the Chairmanship in all three dimensions.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Chairmanship-in-Office for entrusting me with the Chair of the Security Committee. Assuming the Chair of the committee is both a privilege and a challenge. Our main objective in this domain will be to strengthen the role and relevance of the OSCE and to generate tangible outcomes and deliverables. Needless to say that the priorities of the Irish Chairmanship will provide us with the main guidance for our work.

In this context, the key challenge in 2012 will remain to translate political commitments into effective programmatic strategies on combating transnational threats. I commend the important work that has been undertaken throughout last year. These efforts now provide us with the necessary ground on which we should build our future work.

We are pleased to observe that the Irish Chairmanship will concentrate on good governance at this year’s Economic and Environmental Forum and we particularly look forward to the discussions on anti money laundering and countering financing of terrorism. We believe that, this issue, together with combating corruption in different spheres will provide considerable food-for-thought for future deliverables.

Our commitments undertaken in the human dimension serve as a unique accomplishment of this Organization and should be safeguarded. We welcome the expressed high priority attributed by the Irish Chairmanship to this dimension and its institutions. We are particularly pleased to acknowledge the determination of the Chairmanship in striking the much desired balance between different aspects of the human dimension.

We believe that sense of ownership and fair distribution of political attention among various aspects of the human dimension on the part of the Chairmanship will play a crucial role in ensuring quality and substance of our work in the OSCE. We are confident that the Irish Chairmanship will spare no effort in achieving much desired harmony and constructiveness in this dimension where dividing lines among the participating States are distinct.

We welcome the intention of the Chairmanship to place the freedom of expression and media on Internet as the first priority in the human dimension. We look forward to engaging in a healthy and inclusive debate in which the opportunities as well as the challenges derived from the new technologies would be scrutinized.

The existing circumstances in the OSCE area should have already led the respective Governments to take decisive measures against racism, discrimination, xenophobia and violent manifestations of intolerance. Unfortunately, the absence of an even grudging acknowledgment of this necessity is only continuing to encourage and justify racist, xenophobic and discriminatory acts and violence. We would have sincerely wished that the victims of these diseases are only confined with sports men and sports women. I am sure you would agree with me that current state of affairs require a broader approach. In this regard, I very much support the views expressed by my distinguished Canadian and Kazakh colleagues. It is our firm conviction that these recurrent phenomena constitute direct threat to the security of our citizens and will be recognized and treated as such by the Chairmanship throughout the year.

We are gratified to see that enhancing the OSCE’s engagement with Partners for Cooperation and with Afghanistan through concrete projects and taking forward the decision on Mongolia’s application to become a participating State are among the priorities of the Irish Chairmanship.

A final word on our path towards Dublin. We consider the priorities of the Chairmanship to be topics that will be highlighted in the course of the term of office. Nevertheless, we believe that last year’s experience clearly shows that deliverables for Ministerial meetings need to be determined by taking into account the sensitivities of all stakeholders. And this has to be done within a balanced approach to be sought among all dimensions and within each dimension, in cognizant of the lessons learned from Astana and Vilnius.

Mr. Minister,

Let me conclude in confirming Turkey’s determination to contribute to the success of the Irish Chairmanship. We stand ready to co-operate closely and productively both here in Vienna and in Dublin.

Thank you.