Statement by Ambassador Tacan İldem, Permanent Representative of Turkey, in Response to the Report of Ambassador Adam Kobieracki, Director of Conflict Prevention Centre, at the 965th Permanent Council

Tacan İLDEM 19.09.2013
Thank you Mr. Chairperson.

I would like to join the previous speakers in expressing our thanks to Ambassador Kobieracki for his comprehensive and informative presentation on the activities of the Conflict Prevention Center (CPC).

Let me start by expressing our appreciation to the Chairmanship and the CPC for their respective leadership and contribution to the informal Open-ended Working group on the conflict cycle (OEWG). We believe it is a much-needed platform for a mutually beneficial exchange of views at expert level on the work of the CPC across the conflict cycle. We favor the continuation of this Group’s work in 2014, independent of any development related to the work of the Open-ended informal Helsinki+40 Working Group.

The information given by the CPC both during the Open Ended Working Group meetings and the present report submitted to the Permanent Council show the extent of the work carried out in implementation of Ministerial Council Decision 3/11. We commend the CPC for its work and invite the Centre to continue its commendable efforts.

As to conflict resolution, an area where the OSCE could have a more gratifying record, since it is in the heart of its work, we hope that the Security Day event earlier this week will provoke additional thinking within the organization on possible steps to enhance its footprint in this most important aspect of the conflict cycle as well. The results of this thinking process could then be taken up first at expert level. For our part, we believe that there is room for the OSCE to be more active in triggering the necessary political will to make headway in the resolution of protracted conflicts, that it was tasked to contribute to their settlement. This may be realized through increasing and systematizing synergies between official OSCE negotiation platforms and the rest of the OSCE community.

Decision 3/11 on the conflict cycle as well as existing mandates and taskings foresee a clear division of labor between the Chairmanship, participating states and executive structures. Further work across the conflict cycle by all relevant actors needs to be based on this delicate balance and should take due account of the Permanent Council’s lead role.

Mr. Chairperson,

We support the CPC in making extensive use of field missions in the performance of its core function which is to reduce the risk of conflict. We trust that close cooperation with host countries will continue as some field activities are evolving and changing their nature.

We appreciate the joint activities of the CPC with the TNT Department on the Border Management Staff College, the Community Security Initiative and the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, all of which make important contributions to security and stability in Central Asia and beyond.

We see merit in including the activities of the College in the OSCE’s Unified Budget to ensure their sustainability, especially when it comes to training programmes aimed at border officials which bring representatives of the OSCE participating and partner States together.

The CPC is also fulfilling an important task in its support to the FSC. We are pleased to contribute actively to the activities of the CPC’s FSC Support Section related to Small Arms and Light Weapons, the Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security, as well as the Communications Network. This is an area where the CPC’s work is most visible and we commend its recently completed projects, such as demilitarization programs in Albania, Montenegro and Serbia which Turkey also supported financially.

Let me also emphasize our appreciation for the work of the Programming and Evaluation Supporting Unit. Those activities of the unit beyond the coordinated planning of field operations’ activities such as on site and project management trainings also deserve mention and enjoy our support.

Mr. Chairperson,

The Ministerial Council decision 3/11 on the Conflict Cycle urges all participating States to implement UNSCR 1325 by ensuring increased representation of women at all levels in conflict resolution and peace processes and tasks the Secretariat to prepare concrete recommendations in this regard. Therefore, we deem it necessary that the CPC pays particular attention to this topic while working on various aspects of the conflict cycle and reports on its activities related to gender mainstreaming. This would not only give participating States the opportunity to become familiar with those areas where there is room for improvement but also help them assess the possibilities on how the CPC can best assist the implementation of UNSC Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security in participating States.

Taking this opportunity, I would also like to reiterate our expectation for the adoption of an OSCE-wide Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security by the end of this year, which Turkey is co-sponsoring together with Austria, Finland and Kazakhstan.

In concluding, I wish Ambassador Kobieracki and his dedicated and able staff at the CPC a continued success in their future work.

Thank you.