Statement of Turkey

Tacan İLDEM 05.07.2012
STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR TACAN İLDEM, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TURKEY
IN RESPONSE TO THE REPORT BY AMBASSADOR KORAY TARGAYHEAD OF THE OSCE OFFICE IN BAKU
919th PERMANENT COUNCIL
5 July 2012

Madam Chairperson,

I would like to welcome Ambassador Targay as the Head of the OSCE Office in Baku to the Permanent Council today and thank him for his comprehensive and insightful report.

The report testifies to the fact that the Office carries out a broad range of activities in a cross dimensional manner to the benefit of the host country and its people. In that context, I would like to reiterate our strong support for the activities of the Office in all three dimensions.

We highly appreciate the close cooperation between the Office and Azerbaijan in identifying the fields of activity according to the needs and requests of the host country.

We appreciate the work of the Office in the politico-military dimension, particularly its capacity building efforts. The successful implementation of the Police Assistance Program and of the training project activities in Public Assembly Management is especially commendable. Moreover, the support of the Office extended to the host country in its fight against transnational threats such as terrorism, organized crime, cyber-crime and trafficking in human beings deserves utmost praise from the international community.

In the economic and environmental dimension, we welcome the focus of the Office on good governance including anti-corruption and anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism. We also value its contribution to the endeavors of the host country in economic diversification and development of the non-energy sector. The Office is playing an important role as far as environmental security is concerned. Its activities in this field such as promoting sustainable use of water resources and supporting energy dialogue and security are praiseworthy.

The approval of a new National Program of Action by President Aliyev in December 2011 can be seen as an example of the commitment this country attaches to the implementation of its commitments in the human dimension. The fact that this document addresses the majority of human rights concerns of the Office is a welcome development. We encourage the Office to continue working with the host country authorities, including the Ombudsman to address the remaining issues in this field.

Before concluding, I would like to commend Ambassador Targay and his able team for their excellent work and wish them every success in their future endeavors.

Thank you.