Statement By Ambassador Tacan İldem, Permanent Representative Of Turkey, In Response To The Report Of Ambassador Kopaj, Head Of OSCE Mission To Montenegro, At The 943rd Permanent Council

Tacan İLDEM 07.03.2013
Thank you Mr. Chairperson,

I join the previous speakers in welcoming Ambassador Kopaj in his first appearance before the Permanent Council in his capacity as the Head of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro and would like to express our thanks for his comprehensive presentation.

We would like to express our satisfaction in observing the result oriented and fruitful cooperation between the Mission and the Montenegrin authorities. Since the presentation of the report of the Mission to the Permanent Council last year, Montenegro has continued along the path of democratic reforms while maintaining political and social stability. Besides, we note with satisfaction the mentioning in the report of progress in strengthening the independence of judiciary, upholding the rule of law as well as efforts to overcome consequences of financial hardship.

The early parliamentary elections held last year in October in a peaceful atmosphere and a pluralistic environment testifies to the democratic maturity attained by the people of Montenegro and this offers promising prospects for its future.

As a country providing personnel to the policing activities in Montenegro for the last seven years, we have read with satisfaction in the report that the police reform is heading in the right direction and in this context we welcome the successful implementation of National Strategy on Community Oriented Policing.

Montenegro has been playing a constructive role in issues pertaining to regional reconciliation and Turkey with its longstanding policy of supporting the establishment and preservation of sustainable peace and stability in this neighboring region, is determined to deepen the already high level bilateral relations with Montenegro.

In conclusion we thank Ambassador Kopaj and his able team for their hard work. We believe Montenegro has made significant progress to which the OSCE Mission has made considerable contributions. We are optimistic that this progress will continue and wish every success for the future work.

Thank you.