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Address by H.E. Halil Akıncı,

Secretary General 

Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States,

Mr. Chairman,

Mr. Executive Director,

Distinguished Ministers,

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is an honour for me to address the Fourth Meeting of CICAForeign Ministers on behalf of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States, known in short as the Turkic Council.I would like to thank the Republic of Turkey, Republic of Kazakhstan as well as the ExecutiveDirector of CICAfor giving me this opportunity.

As this is the first formal encounter between CICA and Turkic Council, let me briefly informthe distinguished audience on the Turkic Council andtry to highlightthe common ground that is shared by the two organizations.

Turkic Council is an intergovernmental organization established by Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey by the Nakhchivan Agreement signed in 2009. Its permanent seat is in Istanbul, where the Secretariat has been operational since September 2010.

Although being a newly formed structure, Turkic Council is the culmination of the common political will that has evolved through the “Summits of the Heads of Turkic Speaking States” that have convened since 1992. Ten such summits were held until 2010, after which they have been called “Turkic Council Summits” and ad hoc meetings were transformed into decision-making organs of the organization.

The basic objective of the Turkic Council is to further deepen the comprehensive cooperation amongst Turkic states in fields such as economy, culture,education and science,thereby developing the capacity to make joint contributions to peace and stability in the region and in the world as a whole. In this endeavour, member states remain firmly committed to the aims and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and other universally recognized principles and norms of international law.

Mr. Chairman,

Turkic Council is an organization dedicated to strengthening peace and stability, promoting wide-ranging cooperation and disclosing the potential for common development amongst its member states. Although it brings together a particular group of countries, the organization does not take an exclusive approach. On the contrary, by promoting deeper relations and solidarity amongst Turkic speaking countries, it aims to serve as a new regional instrument for advancing international cooperation in Central Asia, Caucasus and the Middle East.

Although we intensifyour activities in the economic and cultural spheres at the initial stage, Turkic Council is at no difficulty in defining itself as a subregional organization aiming to contribute to the promotion of comprehensive security within the CICAspace. Member states of the Organization are located in the epicenter of the Eurasian security community. By definition, they are also acutely affected by the security challenges and threats facing the CICA community. The proximity of member states to various regional conflicts gives them natural responsibility in the resolution of these conflicts. It is no coincidence that the first two chairmen of CICA were both member states of the Turkic Council, namely KazakhstanandTurkey.

Esteemed Ministers,

During the 20 years since President Nazarbayev initiated the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, the wider definition of security with all its political, economic, social and humanitarian components has become all the more relevant in Asia.

Being a continent of great diversity and potential, Asia has assumed a clear role as the locomotive of the global economy. At the same time, it has continued to be a stage for significant conflict and long-standing contention.It would be no exaggeration to say that the “Rise of Asia”remains dependent on the maintenance of security and stability, in the indivisible sense that CICA is founded upon.

In this light, we attach great importance to the existence of CICA as a unique pan-Asian forum and theConfidence Building Measures that it implements to the benefit of all its member states, not to mention other regional organizations such as the Turkic Council.The mere fact that CICA has not onlyendured two decadesof sweeping geopolitical changes in the post-Cold War world but also expanded its membership base proves the resilience of the idea behind it.

It is also worth mentioning thattheimportance of regional ownership in fostering peace and stabilityis being better appreciated in Asia today.CICA should be one of the organizations to be given credit for this acknowledgement, as Turkic Council also aspires toon a regional scale.

On a final note, I would like to indicate that, as a regional organization which is in complementarity with the aims and principles of CICA, Turkic Council stands ready to explore possibilities for institutionalizedrelations in the near future.

I wish CICA member countries all success with the 4th Meeting of Foreign Ministers. 

Thank you for your kind attention.