Statement by Ambassador Tacan İldem, Permanent Representative of Turkey, in Response to the Report of Ambassador Natalia Zarudna, Head of Centre in Astana, at the 1004th Meeting of the Permanent Council
Thank you Mr. Chairperson,
I join the previous speakers in welcoming Ambassador Zarudna back to the
Permanent Council. I would like to express our thanks and appreciation for her
comprehensive report which outlines a successful period in Kazakhstan’s
endeavor to achieve economic development, as well as political and social modernization.
We welcome Kazakhstan’s progress in all three dimensions and in cross
dimensional issues. In this context, we laud the special role played by the Centre
in Astana in assisting the host country in a wide array of fields such as
capacity building to addressing transnational risks to its national security,
advancement of the ongoing reform process in all dimensions, criminal and
administrative justice and penal reforms, combating corruption and domestic
violence, promotion of green growth and access to information, enhancing
national human rights institutes and establishing the National Preventive
Mechanism against torture. We support the Centre’s efforts in all these areas which
corresponds to the needs of the host country.
On this note, I also wish to underline how Kazakhstan’s well-proven will
to maintain a strong engagement with the OSCE sets an example. We wish to see fruitful
cooperation serving the interests of more than just Kazakhstan and the OSCE
continue and grow even further. It goes without saying, on the other hand, that
such cooperation is guided by the host country’s requests and priorities.
Turkey and Kazakhstan have relations solidly
anchored in a shared history and culture. These strong ties that serve the
mutual interests of our countries are continuously re-endorsed through regular
reciprocal visits at the highest political levels. Among these, I wish to
highlight President Nazarbayev’s visit to Ankara in October 2012, as it set the
scene for the establishment of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council
between Turkey and Kazakhstan. The Joint Strategic Planning Group, formed under
this Council, is working on plans to enhance political dialogue, economic and
commercial relations, mutual investments, military-technical, cultural and
humanitarian cooperation, and inter-parliamentary relations, among others.
In conclusion, I would like to thank Ambassador Zarudna and her staff
for their dedicated work and wish them success in their future endeavors.