Statement by Ambassador Tacan İldem, Permanent Representative of Turkey, in Response to Ambassador Marcel Pesko, Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre, 1067th Meeting of the Permanent Council

Tacan İldem 10.09.2015
Thank you, Mr. Chairperson.

At the outset, I would like to congratulate Ambassador Pesko for his appointment as the Director of the CPC and thank him for his comprehensive report. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ambassador Kobieracki for the excellent work that he performed during his tenure as Director of the CPC and wish him all the best for the future.

As was also the case last year, during this reporting period the crisis in and around Ukraine has dominated the CPC’s agenda. The Director’s report draws attention to the various challenges that had to be dealt with, and we commend the CPC’s dedication and efficacy in this regard. The CPC, with the valuable support it provides to the activities of the Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, has been playing an essential role in our Organization’s wide-ranging efforts to de-escalate the ongoing crisis. Within this framework it has made important contributions to increasing the OSCE’s regional and international relevance at a time when Europe’s basic security principles have been called into question. I am confident that the CPC’s tireless work in this area will continue unabated under the able leadership of Director Pesco.

Through its multifaceted engagement, the OSCE has indeed successfully risen to the challenges posed by the crisis in and around Ukraine. In the process it has once again highlighted the value of its unique concept of comprehensive security. Drawing on the solid institutional framework and backing provided by the CPC, the SMM has been able to consistently adapt to changing circumstances on the ground, assuming new taskings, and fulfilling its mandate in an impressive manner. We would do well to draw on the lessons learned from the SMM’s role and activities in order to enhance the OSCE’s capacity in the areas of crisis management and conflict prevention, as well as to develop an infrastructure for peace operations.

Mr. Chairperson,

Prevention and settlement of the conflicts lie at the core of the OSCE’s mandate. Strengthening and fully vitalizing the OSCE’s capacity to address all phases of the conflict cycle remain, therefore, a priority for the Organization. The Ministerial Council Decision No. 3/11 on Elements of the Conflict Cycle mandated the OSCE to further reinforce its capabilities in early warning, crisis response, dialogue facilitation and mediation support, and post-conflict rehabilitation. We encourage the CPC to further its valuable work in this regard.

We consider the settlement of the conflicts that the OSCE is mandated to deal with as one of the core tasks of the OSCE. Despite commitments undertaken at the highest political level, these conflicts unfortunately remain unresolved. This has a negative effect on trust and confidence within the Organization, as well as on the philosophy it is built upon. We support all efforts to resolve the protracted conflicts within their format of negotiations and support CPC’s contributions to this end.

We are pleased to see the discussions on mediation attract ever increasing interest within the OSCE. Preventive diplomacy is the most effective and economic method of dispute settlement and mediation is a key component of preventive diplomacy. We therefore encourage the increased use of mediation and dialogue facilitation in crisis situations to ensure effective crisis response across the conflict cycle. We also believe that the field missions have a significant role to play in the conflict cycle and welcome all efforts to develop their capacities in mediation and dialogue facilitation.

With its accumulated experience in civilian peace operations over the years and having the required mandate, the OSCE can contribute more to the conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation efforts in its wider region. We note that the CPC is conducting a scoping study about peace operations and will be happy to view the study with a positive eye. We look forward to the discussions in the coming Ministerial side event meeting on this topic that will be held in New York on the margins of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly.

Last but not least, we recall the importance of full implementation of our politico-military commitments and thank the FSC Support Section for their assistance to the participating States in that regard.

Thank you.