Statement by Ambassador Tacan İldem, Permanent Representative of Turkey, Concerning the situation in Ukraine at the 992nd Meeting of the Permanent Council

Tacan İLDEM 27.03.2014

Thank you Mr. Chairperson.

Turkey is pleased with the adoption on March 21st of Permanent Council Decision No. 1117 on the deployment of an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. We wish to commend Secretary General Zannier and the Secretariat for the subsequent prompt action taken to deploy the Mission’s advance teams. In this context, we appreciate the report provided to us today.

I take this opportunity to once again reiterate my country’s principled standpoint with regard to the situation in Ukraine, which we have already stated before this august body on numerous occasions, and which emphasizes respect for the fundamental tenets of international law, beginning with respect for the political unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of all participating States, and in this particular case, that of Ukraine.

We continue to consider the so-called referendum held in Crimea on 16 March as both illegal and illegitimate. Turkey does not recognize any de facto situation arising from either the result of the so-called referendum, or any steps taken in its wake.
The consensus relating to the Special Monitoring Mission has demonstrated that our Organization is indeed capable of a timely response when faced with extraordinary situations. It has also reaffirmed that the OSCE remains a highly relevant regional and international actor in an environment increasingly characterized by grave challenges.

Turkey joined the consensus over Decision No. 1117 in a positive spirit of engagement, which we have been referring to over and over again as the overarching attitude that should prevail around this table. It is our sincere hope that both we as participating States, and our Organization as a whole, will make the best possible use of the Special Monitoring Mission and its findings with a view to de-escalating the crisis in a manner conforming to the principles enshrined in the UN Charter as well as to our OSCE commitments.

Thank you.