Statement by Ambassador Tacan İldem, Permanent Representative of Turkey, in Response to the Report by Ambassador Markus Mueller, Head of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan, at the 1003rd Meeting of the Permanent Council

Tacan İLDEM 05.06.2014

Thank you Mr. Chairperson,

I join the previous speakers in welcoming Ambassador
Müller back to the Permanent Council and would like to express our thanks for his
informative presentation. We are pleased that the constructive relationship
between the Office and the Tajik Government gives rise to fruitful projects as
well as productive and effective activities not only across Tajikistan but the
whole region.

As we have been expressing time and again, the
transition period in Afghanistan puts the efforts for regional security and
stability with the ownership of the countries in the region high on OSCE’s
agenda. In this regard, we appreciate the focus of the Office on engaging and
assisting the host government in countering regional security threats.
Particular focus on integrated border management on the Tajik-Afghan border
covering not only the security aspect but also other related areas such as
trade and transportation is both timely and necessary.
The training providedon competent patrolling, which is a key element of
efficient border management, and the efforts to facilitate cross-border
cooperation between border security agencies and their counterparts in
neighboring states deserve our appreciation.

Furthermore, we believe that regional dialogue is key
for finding peaceful solutions to border related issues. For this reason, we
welcome all efforts directed to assist the relevant structures.

Turkey strongly supports the activities of the Border
Management Staff College (BMSC) in contributing to border security. This is an
excellent example of capacity building through training. We are pleased to
observe that in the last five years since its establishment, the BMSC has strengthened
its scope and international outreach, and is now actively contributing to a
transfer of expertise and best practice to border staff, not only in Tajikistan
but also in Afghanistan. As one of the donors of this exemplary institution, I
take this opportunity to express once again our earnest belief that BMSC should
be included in the Unified Budget.

Mr. Chairperson,

We observe with appreciation that the activities
related to economic and environmental issues constitute a considerable part of
the Office’s efforts. Moreover, the
efforts towards promoting regional economic cooperation, improving business
climate and combating corruption are valuable tools for enhancing the economic
situation in the country and beyond.

On the other hand we welcome the progress that
Tajikistan has made in the third dimension, particularly on preventing torture
and ill treatment. Tajikistan’s cooperation with the Office and the support
given to the relevant authorities on this issue are important.

Last but not least, we want to emphasize that enhanced
cooperation between the Office and the embassies of the participating states in
Dushanbe will pave the way for more productive results in terms of the OSCE’s
effectiveness in Tajikistan. We encourage you in this direction. Actually our
views in this regard were thoroughly expressed during yesterday’s informal
meeting.

Before concluding, we wish to underline our conviction
that Tajikistan’s steady progress and the Office’s contribution to this will
continue in the future. We thank Ambassador Müller and his team for their work
and wish every success in their future endeavors.

Thank you.