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Statement by H.E. Mr. Sachin Pilot,

Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology

Republic of India

Your Excellency Mr. Yerzhan Kazykhanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan

Your Excellency Mr Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey

 Excellencies,

 Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, I would like to convey my gratitude to our hosts, the Government of Kazakhstan for the excellent arrangements for this meeting and warm hospitality extended to us.  I am honored to participate in this distinguished gathering as the representative of India.  

India is proud to have been part of CICA since its inception in 1992.  CICA has made incremental progress towards its core objective of developing a cooperative and pluralistic security order in Asia, based on mutual understanding, trust and sovereign equality.  It has emerged as an important forum for dialogue, allowing member States to exchange views on a range of issues that affect security and stability in this region.  CICA serves a useful purpose as a truly Asian forum for dialogue, covering as it does 24 countries of the region, with several more as observers.  We must use this forum effectively to address common challenges and priorities. 

CICA has devised a range of confidence building measures spanning politico-military issues, the fight against new challenges and threats, economic, environmental and human dimensions.   While these are of equal importance and need to be applied on a gradual and voluntary basis, we should accord priority to CBMs that are of common interest, enjoy wide support and are practical and achievable.  As these measures bear fruit, we will undoubtedly be better equipped to address the pressing challenges of the day such as international terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal immigration and climate change.  These challenges are complex and it is incumbent on us to develop solutions collaboratively.  While we do so, we must take care to proceed on the basis of consensus and at a pace comfortable to all. 

As has been done for the agreed CBMs concerning economic, environmental, human and new challenges and threats dimensions, we need to discuss modalities at the working level for CBMs in the military-political dimension also in the first instance. More work is needed before we can reach any common understanding on this matter. 

We must also remember that CICA’s approach must be rooted in Asian realities, given the uniqueness of the Asian landscape.  We should focus on that which unites us all and set aside issues that divide.  This approach has worked well in other regional initiatives and should remain the guiding principle for CICA as well.

Mr. Chairman, 

Terrorism remains a grave threat that must be addressed by all States through a comprehensive global approach and strengthened commitment, to combat it anywhere and everywhere.  Many of our CICA member States are victims of terrorism and we must join hands to counter this menace effectively.  All acts of terrorism, in all its various forms and manifestations, must be roundly condemned.  No goal or grievance whatsoever can ever justify terrorism.  We have, in CICA, already adopted a Declaration on Eliminating Terrorism and Promoting Dialogue among Civilizations under which we agreed to cooperate in combating terrorism and its linkages with other security threats like organized crime, narcotics, arms and human trafficking.  Although this Declaration was adopted in 2002, we must work together to eliminate this menace. We must apply ourselves to this challenge if we are to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism, which has developed strong cross border linkages.  

The international community should remain engaged in Afghanistan and extend support for the successful transition process.  We are committed to assisting the people and government of Afghanistan as they build a peaceful, pluralistic, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan.  We have so far committed assistance amounting to about US$ 2 billion to Afghanistan for development assistance projects identified jointly with the Afghan government.

We are particularly concerned at the situation in the West Asia and North Africa region, which can have serious ramifications for the region and beyond.  India supports popular aspirations for a democratic and pluralistic order.  At the same time, we emphasize that such transformations cannot be prompted by external intervention, which exacerbate the suffering of ordinary citizens. We urge all parties to recommit themselves to resolving all issues peacefully through an inclusive political process that can meet the legitimate aspirations of all citizens of the countries concerned.    

 Mr. Chairman,

India has participated actively in CICA deliberations and activities.  We have volunteered to coordinate CBMs in the area of energy security and transportation.  We remain committed to the CICA process, believing as we do that CICA has an important part to play in promoting peace, security and development in Asia. We wish Turkey well as it takes on the CICA Chairmanship once more for another two year term and stand ready to extend all support in sustaining the tempo of progress at CICA during this time.     

Thank you.