Statement by Ambassador Tacan İldem, Permanent Representative of Turkey, in response to the Report by the Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions, 1024th Permanent Council

Tacan İldem 06.11.2014
Thank you Mr. Chairperson,

I would like to join the previous speakers in welcoming the Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions to the Permanent Council and in thanking them for their comprehensive report.

Turkey sees the Geneva International Discussions as the key format for the implementation of the 2008 ceasefire agreement and for addressing the disagreements stemming from the conflict in Georgia with the participation of all stakeholders. We therefore lend our strong support to the process and expect that a comprehensive and sustainable solution will be found to the problem based on the principle of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders.

Mr. Chairperson,

As we made clear on earlier occasions as well, we believe that the resolution of the protracted conflicts should remain at the core of the OSCE, since they are the most notable factors to destabilize regional security in South Caucasus. It is therefore to everyone’s interest to resolve the Georgian conflict by maintaining the channel of effective dialogue among the parties with the constant support of the Co-Chairs of the Geneva Discussions.

We appreciate the positive dynamic established in the economic and cultural relations between Georgia and Russia, which initiated progress towards normalization of their relations. We also welcome the calm and stable security situation in the region as reflected in the statement issued following the 29th round of the Geneva International Discussions that took place last month. It is important to note that any attempt to challenge Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity will inevitably further disturb security and stability in the region and undermine the efforts of the Geneva International Discussions Co-Chairs. Therefore we call on all sides to refrain from taking unilateral actions in relation to the conflict affected areas and remain committed to the peaceful and pragmatic approach adopted within the process. Progress on a joint statement by the participants on non-use of force at the next Geneva round would constitute a positive sign in this direction.

Mr. Chairperson,

Turkey considers the Ergneti IPRM as an important mechanism to review the security situation and humanitarian issues on the ground. As such, it is a valuable asset to improve the daily lives of the local population. We are pleased to see its constructive results as mentioned in recent statement made after the 49th meeting of IPRM held in October and hope to see the resumption of the Gali IPRM, as well. We believe also in the merits of allowing the international community to operate more widely in the region.

We appreciate the Swiss Chairmanship’s increased attention this year to the resolution of protracted conflicts in South Caucasus and expect the continuation of these efforts during the next Chairmanship with the target of the full normalization of this region to which we attach great importance.

While concluding, we would like to thank Ambassador Gnaedinger, Ambassador Turunen and Ambassador Salber for their valuable work once again and wish them every success in their future endeavors.

Thank you.