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Statement by H.E. Mr. Batkhishig Badamdorj

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mongolia 

Mr.Chairman,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan for its warm hospitality and excellent arrangements that have been provided to us. On this auspicious occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, I join the previous speakers in thanking H.E. Nursaltan Nazarbaev and our Kazakh friends for their wisdom of initiating CICA, and their enormous efforts that have been crucial for bringing this unique forum to today’s standing. I also would like to thank Turkey for its successful chairmanship over the last two years which added a renewed momentum to the CICA process. The extension of the Turkish chairmanship has illustrated the member states’ acknowledgement for Turkey’s meaningful contribution to the Conference activities. My thanks also go to the CICA Secretariat for the close cooperation and continued support extended to member states.  

As a result of concerted efforts of member states, over the last two decades, CICA has emerged as an important dialogue mechanism for enhancing mutual understanding and confidence among Asian countries and promoting regional exchanges and cooperation. CICA’s international reputation has been strengthened with the expansion of its cooperation areas and number of member states. Mongolia is proud to be part of this region-wide cooperation mechanism with great potential for further development.

We greatly value CICA, as it provides small countries like Mongolia with convenient platform to voice our concerns and advance our proposals. A number of issues we attach significance have been incorporated into the final documents of the Third CICA summit and this meeting. The statement in the Declaration on Mongolia’s nuclear-weapon-free status is of great significance to us as this year we are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Mongolia’s declaration of its territory a nuclear-weapon-free zone. International recognition of the status testifies the fact that all nations, including small states, can make their contribution towards achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world. The International Research Center for land-locked developing countries was launched in Mongolia also with the kind support from member states. I believe that the Central Asian member countries would soon accede to the Multilateral Agreement in order to provide the Center with legal basis to operate.  Mongolia put forward its candidature for election to non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council at the elections to be held in 2022, as well as to the Human Rights Council’s membership in 2015. It is our sincere hope that CICA Member States will render their valuable support to Mongolia.

While benefiting from CICA, we endeavor to make our contribution to the further consolidation of CICA activities. Taking this opportunity, I would like to thank member states for supporting Mongolia’s activities as the coordinator of environmental dimension. During the first CICA Experts’ Meeting on combating desertification, which was held in September 2011 in Ulaanbaatar, several useful proposals were put forward, including the establishment of CICA Regional Research Center on combating desertification, Forestry Education Center and the Network of Member States’ focal points in environmental fields. I hope member states would take concrete measures to realize these proposals.  

We – Asians feel delighted that Asia’s role in world affairs and global economic activities has been increasing. However, a significant portion of our population lives in poverty. Asia is still far from being tranquil, with several hot-spot issues that could potentially escalate. These facts show that though we have excellent development opportunities, we also have hard challenges to meet. These challenges can be overcome only through concerted and coordinated efforts by regional countries. Multilateral fora like CICA are useful instruments to coordinate our policy and actions. Therefore, we believe, Asian countries need to double our efforts to improve efficiency of multilateral mechanisms and ensure coordination between different mechanisms and organizations.

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

As you may know, a new coalition government was formed in Mongolia as a result of a parliamentary election held in June. The government is characterized as a government for new change, as it sets goals of reforming basic economic policies with a focus on three main areas: first: creating jobs and income, second: combating corruption and building a more just society; third, ensuring that there is increased social responsibility.

I would like to emphasize that the Government will ensure the continuity of foreign policy, and build on foreign policy achievements of previous governments. We will continue the policy of active involvement in CICA   activities. We will pay attention to more constructive involvement of the Mongolian delegations in seminars, trainings and conferences organized by CICA.

Thank you for attention!