Statement By Ambassador Tacan İldem, Permanent Representatıve Of Turkey At The 706th Plenary Meetıng Of The Forum For Securıty Cooperatıon

Tacan İLDEM 23.01.2013
Madam Chairperson,

I would like to add my voice to previous speakers in warmly welcoming Liechtenstein as the new Chair of the Forum for Security Cooperation (FSC).

I would also like to welcome Lithuania to the FSC Troika and express once again our appreciation for the excellent work done last semester by the Chairmanship of Macedonia in the run-up to and during the Dublin Ministerial Council.

Madam Chairperson,

We carefully studied the indicative schedule set out by the Chairmanship of Liechtenstein, and we are very pleased to see that interesting presentations by prominent speakers on a wide range of topics have been planned under the agenda item “security dialogue”. We continue to value the “security dialogue” of the FSC as an important forum for dialogue to address current security issues in the politico-military dimension of the OSCE. We believe that exchanging views and experience through discussion of these important matters that you carefully selected, will prove useful for our work in the FSC. My delegation is ready, as always, to contribute to those discussions in a fruitful manner. We also support the work programme of the FSC Troika and hope that positive contributions towards our common goal of comprehensive, cooperative and indivisible security in the OSCE region will be made throughout the year, under the consecutive Chairmanships of Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Luxemburg.

As for the specific items on your indicative schedule, it is indeed timely to have a presentation on the national security strategy and defence policy of Mongolia at the FSC. We are very pleased to welcome Mongolia as the 57th participating State among us and look forward to hearing more from them on their views and experience regarding the topics that fall under the mandate of the FSC. We also look forward to the presentation on Ukraine’s new military doctrine and new national security strategy. Such information sharing exercises are encouraging and invaluable opportunities for more transparency, openness, and predictability among OSCE participating States.

We are also pleased to note that you have chosen a topic for one of the FSC security dialogues that will allow for discussion on women’s role in armed forces. Turkey supports equal participation and full involvement of women in the maintenance and promotion of peace and security. We would like to encourage all participating States as well as partners to place this important issue high on their agendas and contribute to efforts already undertaken in order to enhance OSCE capacities to assist participating States for the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Turkey, as one of the co-sponsors of the draft decision on a possible OSCE-wide Action Plan on 1325, is determined to further pursue these efforts and to make a positive contribution with a view to bridging differences of opinion that may exist among participating States. Taking this opportunity, I would like to thank you for the trust and confidence that you have shown to my close collaborator, Ms Koçyiğit, who accepted with pleasure your proposal to act as your Coordinator for the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 is another important topic for the FSC. We attach great importance to this resolution in view of its contributions to the stability and security in the area of application by accurate measures to prevent illegal proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. We support the continuation of OSCE contribution to the efforts in this regard.

Madam Chairperson,

I think most of our colleagues would agree with me that the decision on “Helsinki +40” was one of the most important deliverables of Dublin Ministerial Council. We attach utmost importance to the work to be carried out in line with this decision and we have no doubt that the FSC will make invaluable contributions to this process within its mandate.

Conventional arms control and CSBM regimes remain major tools for ensuring military stability, predictability and transparency. Indeed, these regimes remain relevant to address the security challenges of the 21st century and Turkey is one of those countries who are striving for their continued existence and relevance.

We are aware of the initiatives taken to discuss conventional arms control during the year. While there is a genuine desire and search to improve the existing pillars of European security architecture, and foremost among them the CFE Treaty regime, every actor needs to act within its “jurisdiction” and area of competence. Here, we should be remindful of the fact that the main arms control and disarmament arrangements and their dedicated formats lay outside the acquis of this organization. While work is ongoing in those formats, the scope of new discussions in the OSCE on ways of using arms control and CSBMs for building confidence can only be of a general nature and we should be careful in not creating alternatives to the existing mechanisms.

A strengthened security community is our common goal. In our efforts towards that goal, we must follow a structured path within the already existing formats as well as the rules and procedures of these formats and avoid creating multiple tracks which would not be helpful to reach our end goal.

Madam Chairperson,

Before I conclude, I would like to express our sincere hope for fruitful discussions in this session on how to improve and update the politico-military toolbox of our organization within the FSC. We have no doubt that the FSC Chairmanships of Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Luxemburg will deploy every effort in this direction throughout the year. In this vein, I would like to express my delegation’s readiness to contribute to those efforts in a cooperative and constructive spirit.

Thank you.