STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR TACAN İLDEM AT THE 931st REINFORCED PERMANENT COUNCIL

Tacan İldem 16.11.2012
Mr. Chairperson.

At the outset, I would like to thank the Irish Chairmanship for its efforts in steering us in our preparations. In less than 3 weeks time before the Ministerial meeting, we still see a prevailing division on the content of the deliverables. Let me recall our statement made at the closing session of the Ministerial Council in Vilnius where we asked for a genuine soul-searching exercise and draw lessons from past failures in order not to repeat them. The OSCE is not only an organization, but a process. Nevertheless we can’t suffice with only this aspect of it forgetting about deliverables needed to further our work. In doing so we need to display a genuine desire to agree on a package in a spirit of cooperation that should guide us in this Organization. On the part of the Participating States it is incumbent upon all of us to make a constructive contribution so as to ensure the success of the upcoming Ministerial meeting. Engagement of all, in the true meaning of the word, in the process would be essential in making this happen.

Now some of the issues that I want to highlight on the different topics salient for the Dublin Ministerial.

We remain committed to the adoption of a political declaration and we support this endeavour since as an Organization, like others, we should be able to reflect to our publics the issues that are tackled in our work.

The Ministerial Council Decision on “Helsinki + 40” will be one of the most important decisions to be adopted in Dublin. On our part, we believe that a short and crisp text while touching upon some principles to guide the process should set the procedure. In this vein, we support the creation of an open-ended informal Working Group open to all participating States, that would be conducive to instill ownership to the process while preparing a landmark visionary document that would take stock of the past achievements and set out the role and value-added of our Organization in the new security environment.

We attach importance to the draft decisions under discussion within the Forum for Security Cooperation. Although we welcome the efforts by some participating States to contribute to the current FSC draft decisions with elements that would enrich the agenda of this body, it is essential that these decisions respect the mandate of the FSC and that of other bodies that have competence over some key areas of European security, such as conventional arms control.

Let me dwell upon the draft decisions that are under consideration within the Security Committee that I have the honour and pleasure of chairing this year. The draft decision on the fight against terrorism is the last decision remaining to be adopted in our TNT package, which is a genuine effort to consolidate the work of our organization in this field. It is still our hope to see this decision adopted at the PC before the Dublin Ministerial Council, which will pave the way for the adoption by our Ministers of the “chapeau decision” that will endorse all the decisions in our TNT package. We call up on all delegations to approach with an open mind the amendments that are on the table. We also support efforts to have at the Ministerial Council, a decision on an initial set of CBMs in the field of ICTs. With these decisions we will be able to create a solid basis for the growing footprint of the OSCE in the area of TNTs.

With regard to the Second Dimension; we commend the intensive work done all through the year for elevating the second dimension issues high on the OSCE agenda. In this respect, we sincerely believe that the endorsement of the draft decision on “Strengthening Good Governance and Combating Corruption, Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism” at Dublin Ministerial Meeting will provide additional impetus for our future work.

As for the human dimension, a number of draft decisions and a declaration are currently on the table, entailing lengthy consultations before the Ministerial Council. While we recognize that these drafts reflect the varying priorities of the participating States, it cannot be denied that some concerns necessarily affect us all and therefore require our urgent attention. It is therefore our hope and expectation that a balanced package of decisions can be agreed upon in the human dimension which will adequately meet the requirements of all participating States while at the same time demonstrating that our Organization is indeed capable of tackling pressing issues in a timely manner, as has been touched upon in our PC discussions yesterday.

I would be remiss if I did not emphasize that prevention of conflicts and contribution to the settlement of those that are dealt directly by the OSCE is in the core of the work of this Organization. Nevertheless, we have to recognize that not much progress has been achieved during this year again in this regard. Therefore, it would be essential to keep this important topic which is directly related to the relevance and credibility of the OSCE high on our agenda as many regions of the OSCE area are still negatively affected by the consequences of these conflicts.

I would also briefly touch upon the draft decision on the OSCE-wide Action Plan to implement the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 that my country co-sponsors. We will continue to remain ready to work with all participating States on a common approach with a view to having this decision adopted in the Dublin Ministerial Council.

Before concluding let me express our sincere hope to welcome Mongolia as the 57th Participating State before the Ministerial Council.

Mr. Chairperson,

Finally, I would like to express our gratitude to the Irish Chairmanship for its tireless efforts and like others, assure you of our commitment to contribute to the goal of reaching a success in Dublin