Statement by Ambassador Tacan İldem, Permanent Representative of Turkey, in Response to Mr. Valeri Chechelashvili, the Secretary General of GUAM, 1049th Permanent Council

Tacan İldem 30.04.2015
Thank you, Mr. Chairperson.
I would like to join the previous speakers in warmly welcoming Secretary General Mr. Chechelashvili back to the Permanent Council and thank him for his presentation. Mr. Chechelashvili’s views once again highlight the importance of comprehensive regional cooperation, solidarity and security in the OSCE area.

Being one of the two observer states of GUAM, Turkey supports the founding principles and vision of this regional organization that are based on values such as promoting democratic principles, ensuring the rule of law and respect for human rights, supporting sustainable development and strengthening regional security and stability. In this respect, Turkey firmly backs all diplomatic efforts to bring about a solution to the crisis in and around Ukraine, which is the largest member and the current chair of GUAM, within the framework of respect to the country’s territorial integrity, independence, sovereignty and political unity, in keeping with our shared OSCE commitments and international law.

As a staunch advocate of regional ownership schemes, we value initiatives taken by the countries of the wider Black Sea Region to establish a common platform to address the vital issues of their region. The programs and projects developed by the GUAM and other organizations in the region such as the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization are therefore of particular importance for regional development and cooperation.

We have always voiced our support to strengthen the relations between the OSCE and other regional organizations. We believe that the OSCE can further its relationship with GUAM on the basis of complementarity with an increased coordination in various areas such as developing social and economic programs and fighting against organized crime and other security threats that also have transboundary repercussions.

In conclusion, we would like to thank you Mr. Secretary General for your address and wish you every success in your future endeavors.

Thank you, Mr. Chairperson.