Statement By Ambassador Tacan İldem, Permanent Representative Of Turkey, In Response To The Report By Mr.Yurdakul Yiğitgüden, Coordinator Of The OSCE Economic And Environemntal Activities, At The 943rd Permanent Council

Tacan İLDEM 07.03.2013
I would like to join the previous speakers in warmly welcoming Dr. Yiğitgüden, Coordinator of the Economic and Environmental Activities, in his first appearance in the Permanent Council and thank him for his comprehensive presentation of the work plan of his Office in 2013.

From the outset, my Delegation has been a staunch advocate of the strengthening of the OSCE's Economic and Environmental Dimension and in this respect we are pleased to see it in a prominent place among the priorities of the Ukrainian Chairmanship. We value this dimension as an integral part of our Organization’s comprehensive approach to security. In this context we welcome emphasis on issues that will allow participating States to share their best practices on topics related to the second dimension and stimulate means to better interact, depending on the peculiarities of the security environment. To put it differently, developing cooperation in economic and environmental matters contributes not only to greater stability, security and prosperity in OSCE area but helps prevent conflicts, supports efforts of settlement of these existing conflicts and fosters reconstruction.

Good governance, transport, migration management, business development, environmental issues, water management and security and energy security dialogue are just a few areas to name in identifying the examples of successful cooperation and sharing the best practices.

On the other hand, we believe that that the potential of the economic and environmental dimension, which cut across all three dimensions of the OSCE, has not yet been fully utilized. In this sense, we see the adoption of the Declaration on Strengthening Good Governance and Combating Corruption, Money-Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism in the Ministerial Council meeting in Dublin as an important step to increase the OSCE’s impact in this area.

We share the view that ways of implementing the 2003 Maastricht Strategy Document should be reviewed taking into consideration the changing security situation. We also support a more focused and security related approach on the environmental impact of the energy industry and discussions on sustainable energy and cooperation on this field.

We are looking forward to having constructive discussions in the Economic Forum in line with the overall topic selected by the Chairmanship. We welcome concrete recommendations to be made by participants at the Economic Forum which will be a valuable input for our deliberations at the end of the year. We also value the support of the Office of the Coordinator on Economic and Environmental Affairs to these efforts.

In conclusion, let me express our best wishes of success to Dr. Yiğitgüden and his able team in their future endeavours and we look forward to a fruitful year of collaboration.

Thank you.