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Statement by H.E. Mr. Gaya Mammadov

Deputy Head of Department of Security Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of Azerbaijan

Mr. Chairman,

Dear Colleagues,

First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Kazakhstan for the warm welcome and exceptional hospitality extended to us.

I am also grateful to Turkey for its successful chairing of the Conference of the Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in two consecutive terms and welcome the offer proposed by China to assume the Chairmanship of the CICA in 2014.

I cordially congratulate all of you on the 20th anniversary of the CICA. Today, our special appreciation go to His Excellency Mr. President Nursultan Nazarbayev, thanks to whose initiative 24 nations are united in the goal of ensuring peace, security and prosperity in Asia. 

Being committed to the letter and spirit of the principles of the CICA, Azerbaijan attaches great importance to its participation in the political dialogue and practical cooperation within the Conference.

In the present day, the CICA plays an important role in maintaining the peace and security as well as addressing a wide range of issues from regional security to social and economic development in Asia. As an inclusive forum for broad political consultations and effective cooperation, the CICA has offered a regional platform to the Member States for making successful endeavours for a more stable and prosperous Asia. The progress we have made over the past twenty years encourages us to make consistent efforts towards pursuing the principles and purposes of the CICA.

Azerbaijan is already taking practical steps to further develop transportation corridors in the CICA area. Being situated in the cross-roads of Europe and Asia, Azerbaijan is becoming a hub for international transportation in the both North-South and East-West directions. Ongoing building of the International Sea Trade Port in Alat and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway are among the real contributions that Azerbaijan is making for the revival of the Silk Way. We are also confident in the prospects of the ongoing trilateral negotiations among Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran on connecting railway systems of three countries by building Astara-Rasht-Gazvin railway, which will be a great step forward in realization of the International North–South Transport Corridor. 

Azerbaijan is coordinating the Confidence Building Measure of the CICA on Cooperation for the development of secure and effective systems of transportation corridors. The CICA Experts Meeting on Transportation Corridors held in Baku in April 2011 produced a tangible outcome giving substance to CICA’s activities in the mentioned area.

It goes without saying that it was the solidarity and firm adherence to the principles of the CICA that ensured today’s level of practical cooperation. Proceeding from the Almaty Declaration on the Principles Guiding Relations between the CICA Member-states of 1999, we strongly believe that the CICA, being the most encompassing regional organization dealing with security issues in Asia and founded on the principle of indivisibility of security, should not remain indifferent to the issues that endanger peace and security and threaten our common endeavour of building better future for our people in an atmosphere of peace, friendship, understanding, good neighbourliness and cooperation in Asia.

To our deepest regret, we still see today archaic patterns of use of force against territorial integrity and independence of states with the aim of territorial acquisition. Hundreds of thousands of people are forcefully expelled out of their homes, war crimes and genocidal acts are committed without being persecuted. Norms and principles of international law are being trampled and misused for covering up aggression.  What Armenia does in the context of the Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict is just an embodiment of all these evil deeds. The fact that the situation has remained unresolved so long does not speak for strength and efficiency of the international organisations dealing with the issue. It is well-understood that the primary role in the resolution of the conflict lies within the states involved in it. At the same time, when it comes to principles, it is the duty of all of us to defend them. In this regard, we count the resolve of the CICA in defending its principles.

While we could rely on the impressive stock of achievements within the Conference, we all agree that there is still a long way to go to fully achieve our objectives. The CICA could definitely achieve more if the Member States more actively used political consultations and practical cooperation mechanisms, especially Confidence Building Measures. We should appreciate this unique cooperation mechanism that enables interested member states to initiate and implement practical actions in an inclusive and flexible manner.     

In this regard, I would like to commend the dedication and professionalism of the Secretariat and particularly, Executive Director of the Secretariat Ambassador Çınar Aldemir in supporting the work of the Conference with such limited resources they have. As we celebrate our achievements and embark on more and more ambitious goals, we need to start considering the issue of more standing administrative and financial arrangements for the Secretariat and improving diplomatic liaison with it. In that regard, we fully support the proposals put forward by His Excellency President Nursultan Nazarbayev today.

In conclusion, I would like to share my satisfaction with the increasing solidarity among the Member States and progress that our countries are making in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, domestic reform and modernization. All these accomplishments give me ground to maintain that the CICA is becoming the venue where crucial decisions are made and implemented for the enduring peace, security and prosperity in Asia, and I would like to wish tremendous successes to the Conference on this path. 

Thank you.