IN RESPONSE TO THE PRESENTATIONS BY THE CHAIRS OF THE COMMITTEES

Tacan İLDEM 22.09.2011
PERMANENT MISSION OF TURKEY TO THE OSCE

STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR TACAN İLDEM, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TURKEY
IN RESPONSE TO THE PRESENTATIONS BY THE CHAIRS OF THE COMMITTEES
881st PERMANENT COUNCIL 22 September 2011

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

We join others in welcoming the reports by the Chairs of the three Committees, who deserve our thanks and appreciation for their dedicated work. Their presentations as to the current state of affairs on the ongoing activities are particularly useful and timely, since we have entered into an important stage in the run up to the Vilnius Ministerial.

As to the work of the Security Committee, we also feel confident that the objectives set by the Chairmanship, that we support, will be achievable for Vilnius. We remain committed to contribute in a positive spirit to the preparations of the decisions. Drafts on two issues, namely defining a strategic framework for police activities and an OSCE concept to combat the threat of illicit drugs and chemical precursors are already on the table. Work is going on, on the consolidation of mandates in terrorism, cyber security and coordination within the Secretariat.

We support the valuable efforts of the Chair of the Committee and also trust that the Chairmanship-in-Office will continue to display ownership and leadership in shaping decisions that will guide the work of the organization in the years to come.

Concerning the second dimension, we are among those who strongly believe in the potential of the economic and environmental activities in contributing to the comprehensive security. We appreciate the efforts of the Chair of the Committee for outlining a work programme to reflect the relevant issues pertaining to the economic and environmental security.

In this respect, we have greatly benefited from the discussions in the committee throughout the year, which focused on energy security, migration management, good governance and equal opportunities for women. We hope that, all these activities, as well as the Forum process, which I have also attended, will provide valuable input on the way towards Vilnius Ministerial Council.

As to the third dimension, my authorities are observing with interest and satisfaction the work of the Human Dimension Committee. We recognize the modest, but important changes in the daily business of the Committee, particularly in terms of its substance. We hope this practice will continue in a spirit of cooperation and coordination.

We will continue to support the Lithuanian and Swiss Chairmanships also in the run up to the Vilnius Ministerial. Both Chairs should be confident that their desire for extensive consultations and their political ownership of different aspects of the human dimension will be reciprocated by Turkey.

Mr. Chairman,

I welcome this opportunity for the Chairs of the Committees to interact with the Permanent Council. After all, the work of the subordinate bodies, which serve us for effective consultations, could be complemented with consultations at the Ambassadorial level.

Each and every dimension is important. Nevertheless, in trying to reach deliverables especially at a time when we have set the Vilnius Ministerial as target, we need to pay attention in striking a good balance between the three dimensions as well as a balance in each of them.

Once again, I would like to express my appreciation to the Chairs for their tireless work and wish them our best in pursuing their valuable endeavors in leading their respective Committees.

Thank you.