Statement by Ambassador Tacan İldem, Permanent Representative of Turkey, in Response to the Report of Ambassador Sergey Kapinos, Head of Centre in Bishkek, and Dr. Pal Dunay, Director of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, at the 1001st Meeting of the Permanent Council
Thank you, Mr. Chairperson.
We join the previous speakers in warmly welcoming
Ambassador Kapinos back to the Permanent Council and would like to express our thanks
for his comprehensive presentation. We appreciate the balanced and objective
approach that highlights his report. It underlines the progress Kyrgyzstan
achieved in further aligning its policies with OSCE commitments, and the
developments it has achieved in its reform path. It is pleasing to see the
fruitful cooperation and the Centre’s close engagement with the Kyrgyz
authorities and civil society.
Enjoying deep-rooted cultural and historical bonds,
the bilateral relations and cooperation between Turkey and Kyrgyzstan have evolved
rapidly since early 1990s and reached the level of strategic partnership. We
have been cooperating with our Kyrgyz friends to alleviate the hardships they
face in the transformation process of their country. We maintain our close
cooperation also in regional organizations such as Turkic Council and TURKPA,
as well as in other international platforms. The exemplary nature of our
relations was once again manifest during the meeting between Prime Minister Erdoğan
and Prime Minister Otorbaevin
Ankara last week. Thisvisit provided a propitious opportunity to
reaffirm at the highest level our countries’ determination to further
strengthen the entire range of our bilateral cooperation to our mutual interest,
particularly in the economic field, as also referred to in Centre’s report.
Turkey welcomes the steps that Kyrgyzstan has taken in
its democratic transformation process. The five strategic priority areas set
forth by the Centre are also at the basis of our bilateral cooperation. We
support the Centre’s efforts to achieve concrete results in those key areas.
Turkey, with its longstanding policy of contributing
to peace and stability in and around Central Asia, provides financial and
personnel support both to the Community Security Initiative (CSI) and the
ongoing police reform program in Kyrgyzstan in addition to its engagement with
Kyrgyz national authorities at the bilateral level. CSI’s role in improving the
relations between the national police and Kyrgyz people as well as its efforts
to build trust and confidence among different ethnic communities deserves our appreciation.
Turkey will maintain its assistance to this successful project which has
achieved concrete positive results in a short period.
Kyrgyzstan is located in a region that faces serious
security challenges. In this sense, the international community’s sustainable
support to the countries in the region to strengthen their capacity to cope
with these challenges is of utmost importance. With this frame of mind, we
provide expert training to the Kyrgyz security forces in countering terrorism,
preventing violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism (VERLT), and fighting organized crime.
Kyrgyzstan’s increased engagement with Afghanistan, to which the Centre
contributed significantly, is pleasing in terms of regional security and
Finding a sustainable solution to bring border
conflicts to an end and to ensure their prevention would constitute another
important contribution to regional security and stability. In this regard, we
welcome the efforts of the Kyrgyz authorities, in cooperation with the Centre,
to enhance their dialogue with neighbouring countries on border matters. Likewise,
the coordination and cooperation between the OSCE Centre in Bishkek and the OSCE Office
in Tajikistan in border related issues provide a good example for other OSCE
field missions in this direction.
We also welcome the Centre’s efforts in the human
dimension, which is an indispensable component of the security concept in
Central Asia. In this regard, the penitentiary reforms and the works on
preventing torture and ill-treatment deserve particular appreciation. We
encourage the Centre to benefit more from Turkey’s experiences in this field.
We also welcome Dr. Dunay, in his capacity as the
Director of the OSCE Bishkek Academy, to the Permanent Council and thank him
for his insightful presentation about the programmes and activities of the Academy.
As one of its donor countries, we appreciate the Academy’s work in a wide range
of issues related to regional security dialogue and research in Central Asia. The
Academy plays a significant role to train and educate young experts on regional
security and development, who are very much needed in Central Asia.
In conclusion, we thank Ambassador Kapinos, Dr. Dunay
and their able team for their hard work and wish them a continued success in
their future endeavours.