Statement by Ambassador Tacan İldem, Permanent Representative of Turkey, In Response to the Report of Ambassador Sergey Kapinos, Head of Centre in Bishkek, and to the Intervention by Maxim Ryabkov, Director of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, at the 954th Permanent Council
We join the previous speakers in warmly welcoming Ambassador Kapinos in his first appearance before the Permanent Council in his capacity as the Head of the OSCE Centre in Bishkek and would like to express our thanks for his comprehensive presentation. We appreciate the balanced and objective approach displayed in the report. It highlights the progress Kyrgyzstan achieved on reform path as well as the democratization and transition efforts made by our Kyrgyz friends. Besides, increase in the level of engagement with Kyrgyzstan and the Centre is fully underlined.
Thanks to the common cultural and historical bonds which enable us to have a strong partnership relations with Kyrgyzstan, we have been cooperating with our Kyrgyz friends since early 1990’s to alleviate the hardships faced in their transformation process. The exemplary nature of our relations was once again manifested during the official visit of Prime Minister Erdoğan to Kyrgyzstan which took place last April. This particular visit provided an opportunity to reaffirm the determination of our countries at the highest level to further strengthen the already existing bilateral cooperation on the areas of mutual interest.
The five strategic priority areas set forth by the Centre are very similar to those that are at the basis of our bilateral cooperation.
Along with the full support we have been providing to the Centre in Bishkek from the date it started its activities, we have been constantly favoring the deepening of the relationship and cooperation with other international organizations active on the ground. In that context, we especially value the Center’s endeavors within the context of the OSCE-UN-EU partnership to coordinate the respective assistance to the host country.
We have been lending our support to the work and activities of the Center on the Community Security Initiative (CSI), the police reform program, the local mediation networks, the Kyrgyz-Afghan Customs cooperation project and the OSCE Academy’s programmes. Turkey, with its longstanding policy in contributing to the establishment and preservation of peace and stability in and around the region, provides financial and personnel support both to the CSI and the ongoing police reform program in Kyrgyzstan in addition to its engagement with Kyrgyz national authorities at bilateral level. CSI’s role in improving the relations between the national police and Kyrgyz people as well as efforts to build trust and confidence among different ethnic communities deserves appreciation. We believe that this initiative fulfills an important role in this regard and therefore highly value the decision of the prolongation of the project for a period of another three years.
Furthermore with a view to intensifying the relations between the relevant institutions of the two countries, the National Police Academy of Turkey is engaged in various ways of cooperation with its counterpart in Kyrgyzstan.
We also thank Dr. Ryabkov for his presentation about the activities of the Academy. As a donor country of the OSCE Bishkek Academy, we appreciate the activities and programmes carried out by the Academy, particularly the decision of opening an Afghan studies centre. We believe that, as it has been the case since it started its activities, academic programmes provided by the Academy will be a springboard for the enhancement of the relations between different stake holders and communities.
In conclusion we thank Ambassador Kapinos, Dr. Ryabkov and their able team for their hard work and wish them a continued success in their future endeavours.