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Statement by

H.E. Mr. Luvsan Battulga,

Ambassador Extraordinary And Plenipotentiary Of Mongolia
at the Fifth Summit of the Conference on Interaction
and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA)
15 June 2019
Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan

Honourable Chairman, Your Excellency Mr. Emomali Rahmon,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, I would like to congratulate His Excellency Mr. Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan, for assuming the honorable Chairmanship of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, the CICA, and hosting today’s summit. Taking this opportunity, I congratulate the delegation of Sri Lanka on obtaining the status of a full member of the CICA process.

Mr. Chairman,

Our world is facing numerous traditional and non-traditional challenges including proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorist activities, organized crimes, cyber attacks, climate change and migration. Moreover, rapid development of emerging technologies is becoming an issue of security concern for all states. Addressing these existing, new and emerging challenges requires our collective efforts, as no country is able to resolve these issues alone. Thus, it is of vital importance to build confidence among states and to be committed to multilateralism.

Mr. Chairman,

Today CICA has become one of the major forums on confidence building measures and security in Asia, and its further development exerts substantial influence on development of stability in the continent.

As for Mongolia, it attaches high importance to security situation and stability in Asia. My Government strives to participate in Asia-Pacific multilateral cooperation and lends proactive support to the policies and activities aimed at strengthening strategic stability and security cooperation in the continent. In this regard, Mongolia has been giving high priority to CICA as one of the pivotal mechanisms of multilateral cooperation in Asia and is paying a concerted attention to engaging in mutually beneficial and constructive cooperation with CICA member states.

We do believe that the Mongolia’s nuclear-weapon-free status greatly contributes to global non-proliferation regime and achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world. We highly appreciate the support of the CICA member states in institutionalizing our status as stated in the final declaration of this summit.

As a part of Northeast Asia, Mongolia wishes stability, mutual confidence, multilateral cooperation and prosperity to all countries in this region. Mongolia’s position on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula remains same and the issue must be resolved through diplomatic means. Pursuing this, Mongolia has been organizing for the last 6 years the Ulaanbaatar Dialogue International Conference on Northeast Asian Security. During the latest conference held on 5-6 June about 200 participants gathered in Ulaanbaatar and gave their evaluation on the current situation on and around the Korean Peninsula and exchanged their views on further approaches to moving forward the issue of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. It discussed not only security issues in Northeast Asia, but also potential projects in the energy and environmental sectors. As such, the Ulaanbaatar Dialogue is an open mechanism that ensures the participation of all countries in Northeast Asia.

Mr. Chairman,

Promoting a peaceful tolerance and coexistence as well as people-to-people diplomacy plays an important role in maintaining peace and security in the region. In this regard, Mongolia, for the first time in Northeast Asia, organized a workshop on Youth, Peace and Security on 3-4 June in collaboration with the United Nations. Moreover, on 20-21 June, it is going to host a multi-stakeholder inter-regional dialogue and to promote the development and implementation of effective, human rights-compliant and gender-sensitive strategies and policies to prevent and counter violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism in collaboration with the OSCE.

Mr. Chairman,

Mongolia is a country that had enormously benefited in its history from the ancient Silk Road and which has also made great contribution to the enhanced trade connections and cultural exchanges through developing this route. Therefore, we have supported the Belt and Road Initiative from its very beginning. The BRI offers Mongolia a welcome opportunity to improve its connectivity infrastructure-wise with the rest of the world. To this effect, in 2016, we concluded with our two neighbours: Russia and China, the Program on Mongolia-China-Russia Economic Corridor. Last year, during the Fourth Trilateral High-Level Meeting, the Presidents of our three countries agreed to accelerate the implementation of this Economic Corridor. Furthermore, we expect the BRI and Economic Corridor to intensify local economic development along the Belt and Road areas provide additional income generation from the transit charges, create new jobs and enhance production capacities and foster better and cheaper access to international markets.  

Mr. Chairman,

In conclusion, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the people and the Government of Tajikistan for the successful organization of this summit and warm welcome and hospitality extended to us in their beautiful country.

Thank you.