Tacan İLDEM 18.11.2011

18 NOVEMBER 2011

Mr. Chairman,

We welcome this opportunity to take stock of where we stand in our preparations for and expectations from the Ministerial Meeting. We hope that today’s discussions will provide us a useful orientation in consolidating our efforts in the run up to Vilnius.

The set of decisions that are on the table encompasses almost all fundamental elements that are high on our agenda since the beginning of the Corfu Process.

Let me first dwell upon cross-dimensional issues.

Adopting a decision in Vilnius on enhancing OSCE capacities with regard to conflict cycle is important. We support the further strengthening of OSCE’s capacity in the area of conflict cycle in accordance with our Organization’s time-tested and well-established procedures and principles and the tasks and competency of the executive structures. An adequate focus to the conflict “resolution” angle is also a crucial aspect and should receive the required attention in our future deliberations.

Like the EU, we are concerned that unresolved conflicts continue to present a serious threat to our common security. Therefore, we concur with the necessity to recognize in Vilnius the need to intensify our efforts to settle existing conflicts in a peaceful and negotiated manner within agreed formats and with full respect for the OSCE norms, principles and commitments, as well as the principles of international law.

We attach importance to enhancing our co-operation with our partners. In this vein, we welcome the initiative taken by the Chairmanship with a view to adopting a new decision on Afghanistan. We believe that in line with the spirit of “comprehensive approach” our organisation can make its valuable contribution to the international efforts for a secure, stable and prosperous Afghanistan. Our Ministers, I am sure, will take this opportunity in the wake of Istanbul and Bonn Conferences to reiterate our long-term political commitment as well as our readiness to continue to engage in new projects for strengthening of Afghan capacity and ownership.

We welcome the readiness of Mongolia to assume the responsibilities of being a participating State, to enhance its capacities in various areas as well as to share its own experience with us and to contribute to the work of OSCE. We will support a decision to be reached in Vilnius on this matter.

Some of our Mediterranean Partner countries are responding to calls for reform, democracy and freedom in a historic democratic transition process that they are going through.

While offering the OSCE toolbox to our Partners we have to keep in mind that the dialogue we have to pursue is a two-way approach. The cooperation should be a demand-driven process rather than imposing what we may think appropriate, and be based solely on priorities of the Partner countries and tailored to their specific needs.

Now, let me dwell upon the different decisions in the three dimensions tackled by our organization.

Turkey considers the set of five draft decisions under discussion at the Security Committee as a genuine effort to reinvigorate the work of our organisation in terms of fight against transnational threats. In this context, I would like to underline the need for keeping the overall balance of these texts, also in the overall geographical scope. Let us not forget that fight against transnational threats requires constant vigilance from all of us, and when needed, action and solidarity.

We also attach importance to the draft decisions under discussion in the Forum for Security Cooperation, among which the decision on the 2011 Vienna Document. Although modest in substance, it still constitutes an achievement towards upgrading and modernizing the various provisions of the 99 document.

As for the economic and environmental dimension, a result oriented approach would necessitate taking into consideration the relevance with the mandate of the organization, our limited expertise and resources, as well as diverging views of the participating States.

In the human dimension, the length and the density of the draft decisions and declarations entail long hours of consultations ahead of us. Nevertheless, we are inclined to consider those drafts as a means to sufficiently address the concerns and priorities of the participating States.

Turkey does not assess the drafts in the human dimension in a hierarchical manner. They are and should be of equal political weight and more importantly mutually reinforcing. Being sensitive to the sensitivities of others will be the determining element in reaching deliverables in Vilnius. Artificial concentration on certain draft decisions while neglecting the importance of the rest will not be conducive to reaching the results that we aim at.

In this context, let me emphasize our view that the draft decision on countering manifestations of intolerance and discrimination does not deserve less attention and care than other draft decisions which we also attach importance to in the human dimension.

I believe that most of the interventions, if not all, to be delivered today, will rightly underscore the value of the comprehensive concept of security of the OSCE. If anything could be conceived as the distinctive mark of this concept, this would be the human dimension. At this juncture of the negotiations, we can hardly state that this comprehensiveness is adequately reflected. In other words, while acknowledging that human rights and fundamental freedoms should find their place in hard security documents, we should be able to demonstrate maturity and responsibility in highlighting certain challenges in the third dimension.

Mr. Chairman,

I would like to express our gratitude to the Lithuanian Chairmanship for its tireless efforts and like others, assure you of our determination to contribute to the goal of reaching a success in Vilnius in furtherance of our work beyond what was achieved in Astana.