Statement of Turkey

Tacan İLDEM 13.10.2011
PERMANENT MISSION OF TURKEY TO THE OSCE

STATEMENT BY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TURKEY, AMBASSADOR TACAN ILDEMON THE PRESENTATION OF THE 2012 UNIFIED BUDGET 882ND MEETING OF THE PERMANENT COUNCIL
13 OCTOBER 2011

Mr. Chairman,

I would like to join the previous speakers in welcoming the presentation of the 2012 Unified Budget Proposal and thank the Secretary General as well as his staff of the Department of Management and Finance, the Department of Human Resources and all the fund managers for their efforts in producing this comprehensive document.

My delegation has examined the budget proposal with a positive stance and is in the process of evaluating in more detail all the activities contained in with their respective budgetary implications. Today I will not go into details of our findings, we will rather raise at the Advisory Committee on Management and Finance level, some of the issues that we believe require further clarifications from the fund managers. Nevertheless, I can subscribe to the previously presented views that this proposal constitutes a solid basis for our deliberations.

We acknowledge the fact that the international economic crisis is forcing most of the participating States to cut down their national budgets and to rethink their contributions to the international organizations. Words such as reduction, reallocation and prioritization are becoming dominating starting points in budgetary discussions. Nevertheless, we believe that the organization should also have the means necessary to successfully carry out its activities and therefore contribute to our common security. Let me also point out that national outreach efforts to be jointly run under the umbrella of the OSCE could also be a cost-efficient way in achieving our objectives. While the zero nominal growth remains to be a guiding principle for some of the participating States, this should not deviate us from our strategic goal of keeping this organization relevant and effective in a changing security environment. This necessity I hope will inject some flexibility to the respective national positions in the consideration of our budget.

We welcome the proposals regarding structural changes within the Secretariat that are included in the budget proposal. We note that they are mainly aimed at establishing a new main programme to address transnational threats and welcome the Secretary General’s efforts.

As I have already stated previously, we will strongly support the Secretary General’s future possible restructuring efforts that will aim at increasing even further the efficiency of the management of the organization. Relieving the SG from some of his administrative duties to the extent possible as to leaving the SG with the necessary room to conduct its political role in support of the efforts of the CiO and increase the visibility and profile of the Organization in our view is something which will deserve all of our support.

Finally, we look forward to working constructively with the Irish ACMF Chairmanship and wish for the timely adoption of the 2012 Budget.

Thank you.