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Tacan İLDEM 18.01.2012
STATEMENT TO THE FSC BY AMBASSADOR TACAN İLDEM,
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TURKEY

Madame Chairperson,

I would also like to warmly welcome Kyrgyzstan as the new Chair of the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC). We value our relations with Kyrgyzstan both at bilateral and multilateral levels and attach great importance to the close collaboration with Kyrgyzstan in all areas. We are pleased to see that Kyrgyzstan also considers these relations to be of strategic nature, as has been demonstrated by the state visit of President Atambayev to Turkey last week, after assumption of his high office. We believe that this is a clear indication of the high level mutual political will to strengthen our cooperation based on strong bonds of kinship and friendship.

I also extend our welcome to Latvia as a new member of the FSC Troika as well as to Macedonia, who will assume the Chairmanship on the last quarter of 2012 and wish them every success in the upcoming demanding work of the FSC.

We are grateful for the presence among us today of H.E. Mr. Zamir Suerkulov, First Deputy Minister of Defence of the Kyrgyz Republic and thank him for his comprehensive opening statement. We support the work programme set out by the Kyrgyz FSC Chairmanship, which provide an excellent framework for working towards our common goals in the fields of arms control, non-proliferation, confidence and security building measures, small arms and light weapons as well as the Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security. We also value the Security Dialogue, which remains a valuable forum for addressing and exchanging views on current security issues.

On this occasion, I would like to express our appreciation for the work done last year by the Chairmanship of Kazakhstan. Three decisions put forward by the Chairmanship were adopted by our Ministers in Vilnius that identify the priorities of our future work and set forth clear tasks for the Forum to fulfil in 2012. We agree that further updating and modernizing of the Vienna Document is necessary. The adoption of VD 2011 has great political significance that we should build our future work on and implement fully what we have so far achieved.

That being said, we still have a lot to accomplish in accordance with the tasks given to us by our Ministers in Vilnius. We have no doubt that the Kyrgyz Chairmanship will deploy every effort to take FSC work further. In this vein, I would like to express my country’s readiness to contribute to those efforts in a cooperative and constructive spirit.

Madame Chairperson, I kindly ask you to append this statement to the journal of the day.

Thank you.