IN RESPONSE TO THE REPORT BY AMBASSADOR SERGEI BELYAEV, HEAD OF OSCE CENTRE IN ASHGABAT

Tacan İLDEM 22.09.2011
PERMANENT MISSION OF TURKEY TO THE OSCE

STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR TACAN ILDEM, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TURKEY
IN RESPONSE TO THE REPORT BY AMBASSADOR SERGEI BELYAEV, HEAD OF OSCE CENTRE IN ASHGABAT
881st PERMANENT COUNCIL 22 September 2011

I also warmly welcome Ambassador Belyaev back to the Permanent Council, this time in his new capacity as the the Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat.

We are pleased to learn from Ambassador Belyaev’s comprehensive report that the Center in Ashgabat has completed its internal transformation process and become fully operational in line with the wishes and priorities of the host country. We expect the OSCE Center in Ashgabat to engage increasingly in substantial activities and capacity building. Particular attention, in our view, should be devoted to political and economic reform process in Turkmenistan.

Turkey and Turkmenistan share a common ethnic, cultural and historical heritage which constitutes a solid foundation for our exemplary relations. Such a relationship naturally gives us an added reason to have a keen interest in the developments that are taking place in this friendly country.

Turkey fully favors the development of OSCE-Turkmenistan cooperation with a view to enhancing OSCE values in the country. Turkmenistan’s efforts to address the shortcomings in the human dimension in cooperation with the OSCE are commendable. In our view, reform in judiciary and election legislation as well as ensuring rule of law are among the areas that Turkmenistan can benefit most from the OSCE’s expertise. We also welcome President Berdymuhammedov’s recent statements on the introduction of a multi-party political system. In this connection, I would like to note that considering the circumstances in the region, transition to democracy in Central Asia should be seen as a gradual process.

We are very much pleased to observe that Turkmenistan, on the eve of her twentieth independence anniversary, has been making big strides towards consolidating her independence, welfare and prosperity and contributing to stability and security of the whole OSCE area. On the other hand, Turkmenistan encounters many trans-boundary threats and challenges such as terrorism, organized crime, weapons, drugs and human trafficking as well as environmental degradation. We are convinced that the OSCE has a distinct role to play in Turkmenistan across the three dimensions of security.

We consider Turkmenistan to play a key role in terms of global energy security. Turkey supports Turkmenistan in its efforts to diversify natural gas export routes. In this context, we appreciate Turkmenistan for hosting the upcoming Chairmanship High-level Energy Conference entitled “Integrating Global Energy Markets – Providing Energy Security” in November this year. We look forward to contributing to this event.

Before concluding, I would like to reiterate our readiness both in Ashgabat and in Vienna to cooperate on the programmatic activities of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat and support them in any way that we can.

Finally, I wish every success to Ambassador Belyaev and to his staff for their future endeavours.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.