Statement of Turkey

Tacan İLDEM 31.05.2012
STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR TACAN İLDEM, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TURKEY
IN RESPONSE TO THE REPORT BY AMBASSADOR MARKUS MÜLLER HEAD OF THE COMMUNITY SECURITY INITIATIVE
914th PERMANENT COUNCIL
31 May 2012

I would like to welcome Ambassador Müller to the Permanent Council and join previous speakers in thanking him both for his report and his efforts in leading the Community Security Initiative (CSI) on the ground.

Turkey particularly values the activities of the OSCE in Kyrgyzstan. We believe that these activities contribute to peace and stability in the country and to the consolidation of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

It is with this understanding that Turkey has warmly welcomed the PC decisions to establish the Police Advisory Group and later the CSI. In line with this resolve, Turkey has also provided both human resources and financial support to the project.

We thank the CSI for providing regular reports on the results of the work carried out. We are also thankful to the Secretariat for the “Mid-term Assessment” carried out at the end of last summer that was useful for us as well.

Concerning the report by Ambassador Müller submitted to this meeting, let me summarize our views by highlighting few points. First of all, we agree on the importance for the CSI to establish good relations with the local authorities and the various ethnic communities. In the same vein, it is crucial for the CSI to be an effective instrument to build trust and understanding between law enforcement institutions and the public, which was severely deteriorated during June 2010 events. We note progress towards these goals. We encourage the continuation of the close cooperation between the CSI and the Kyrgyz central and local authorities.

We commend efforts towards increasing the capacity of Kyrgyz police in the field of community policing, including in education on human rights. The OSCE was requested to assist in the reform of the Police Academy in view of training professional police officers to perform efficient and effective policing in the country in accordance with the democratic principles in defeating the crime, enforcing the rule of law and in building trust and confidence in the police. Creating a network with two sub-training institutions of the police academy in Osh and Balykchy is also envisaged by the Ministry of Interior. In this regard, after study of the many models available, the Turkish experience for police reform was chosen and a project of the OSCE is being carried out with the contribution of the Turkish National Police Academy.

We share the view that the CSI, despite some difficulties, is on the right track. We should foster additional ownership to the project among all local stakeholders. We believe that it is important to maintain the effort, in line with the request of the host country, until it accomplishes the objectives laid out in its mandate. To this end, we are open to discuss in due time, the relevant decision that will be tabled on the future of the project.

In conclusion, I would like to express our deep appreciation to Ambassador Müller for his work and wish him every success in his future career.

Thank you.