IN RESPONSE TO THE REPORT BY AMBASSADOR ANDREW TESORIERE HEAD OF THE OSCE CENTRE IN BISHKEK AND TO THE INTERVENTION BY MAXIM RYABKOV DIRECTOR OF THE OSCE ACADEMY IN BISHKEK

Tacan İLDEM 19.04.2012
STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR TACAN İLDEM, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TURKEY
IN RESPONSE TO THE REPORT BY AMBASSADOR ANDREW TESORIERE HEAD OF THE OSCE CENTRE IN BISHKEK AND TO THE INTERVENTION BY MAXIM RYABKOV DIRECTOR OF THE OSCE ACADEMY IN BISHKEK
908th PERMANENT COUNCIL
19 April 2012

Mr. Chairperson,

I would like to thank Ambassador Tesoriere and Mr. Ryabkov for the presentation of their comprehensive reports. Both reports contain assessments that will serve as important food for thought for our future work.

Kyrgyzstan has been undergoing an important political transformation process. The period of transitional power in the country is coming to a successful end following the adaption of a new constitution and the conduct of peaceful presidential and municipal elections.

Building a true pluralistic democratic system in a country is a long-term and gradual endeavor which requires sustained and determined efforts. The constructive engagement of the international community will surely help our Kyrgyz partners to overcome the remaining difficulties on the way to a fully functioning democratic system.

Turkey as a country enjoying special relations with Kyrgyzstan bolstered by the common cultural and historical heritage extends its full support in the painstaking democratic transformation process of the country. The exemplary nature of our relations is once again manifested during the first state visit to Turkey of President Atambayev shortly after his assumption of high office. This visit provided an opportunity to reaffirm the determination of our countries at the highest level to further strengthen the already existing bilateral cooperation on the areas of mutual interest.

Turkey fully favors the enhancement of the OSCE-Kyrgyzstan cooperation according to the needs and requests of the host country. We positively note the engagement of the OSCE through its Centre in Bishkek in the transition process through a twin-track approach, namely support for stabilization and democratization. The activities of the Center in Bishkek carried out within the context of its mandate and in close coordination and cooperation with the host country no doubt is a valuable asset for Kyrgyzstan in its efforts to tackle threats to its security and stability. In that context, we especially value the Center’s endeavors within the context of the OSCE-UN-EU partnership to support the national structures in conflict prevention, crises management, early warning, preventive measures and capacity building.

Turkey supports the work of the Center in Bishkek in all dimensions. Its activities including on the Community Security Initiative (CSI), the police reform program, the local mediation networks, the Kyrgyz-Afghan Customs cooperation project and the OSCE Academy’s expansion is highly commendable. Turkey, with its longstanding policy in contributing to the establishment and preservation of peace and stability in and around the region, provides financial and personnel support both to the CSI and the ongoing police reform program in Kyrgyzstan in addition to its engagement with Kyrgyz national authorities at bilateral level. In this context, with a view to further intensifying the relations between the relevant institutions of the two countries, the National Police Academy of Turkey is engaged in discussions with its counterpart in Kyrgyzstan on potential fields of cooperation, especially on developing an assistance program for the Kyrgyz Police Academy.

We also commend the role of the CSI in improving the relations between the national police and Kyrgyz people, which is of great importance to overcome prejudices. Born after the dramatic events of 2010, the CSI in our view has achieved tangible results on the ground. It has proven itself to be an effective tool to build trust and understanding between law enforcement institutions and the public in a short span of time. In this regard, we hope that, in light of the request of the host country on the continuation and geographical extension of the CSI during 2012, the CSI which has been a success story for both Kyrgyzstan and the OSCE, will continue in the future.

Kyrgyzstan’s cooperation with international partners to strengthen its respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and its steps in cooperation with international partners is highly commendable and should be supported by the international community. In our opinion, judicial reform, law enforcement and penal reform as well as addressing the remaining shortcomings in the election process constitute some of the main areas that Kyrgyzstan can benefit extensively from the OSCE’s expertise. Good governance, in particular fight against corruption, countering transnational threats including combating terrorism; border security and management; inter-ethnic harmony; conflict prevention in natural resource management can also be cited as other venues for more cooperation between the OSCE and Kyrgyzstan.

Since its creation, OSCE Academy in Bishkek has provided a unique regional and international forum for dialogue in the spirit of cooperation in Central Asia. In this regard, we would like to thank Mr. Ryabkov and his staff for their hard work and wish them success for their future projects. Particularly, on the way to 2014, providing increasing training opportunities for the Afghan students in the Academy will bring added value to the existing cooperation between Central Asia and Afghanistan, in parallel with regional and international efforts.

Before concluding, I would like to use this occasion to emphasize our readiness for the continuation of our cooperation with the Center in Bishkek in the coming period.

Finally, since this is the last appearance of Ambassador Tesoriere in his current capacity as the Head of the Center in Bishkek before the Permanent Council, I wish him every success in his future endeavors.

Thank you.