Address to the Conference on Disarmament

Naci KORU 24.01.2017

Mr. President,

Thank you very much for your warm words of welcome, I am honoured to be among the distinguished delegates of the Conference on Disarmament.

Let me congratulate you, Ambassador Vierita, on your assumption of the first Presidency of the 2017 Conference on Disarmament. I wish you success in your endeavours to advance the work of the CD. You can count on our delegation’s support.

Although, this is my first address to the CD as the Permanent Representative of Turkey, I had the honour to make a statement during the High Level Segment of the CD in March 2015 as Deputy minister. I had unfortunately stated at that time as well our disappointment over the stalemate that has prevented the CD to play its role.

It is regrettable that the CD has been at a deadlock for over two decades. I wish to express my hopes for a breakthrough and call upon all members to spare no effort to maintain the relevance of the Conference by enabling the resumption of its negotiation mandate.

In this regard, we hope that an atmosphere of compromise and flexibility can be reached by all stakeholders on matters that have direct relevance to global disarmament efforts, and that a Program of Work can be adopted accordingly.

Many proposals were tabled last year by members, yet no consensus could be reached. Nevertheless, we take these as a genuine effort to bring CD back to work. We appreciated work of Presidents of 2016 as well as those Members who submitted draft Program of Work in rather innovative ways.

Especially at a time when overall security situation has unfortunately deteriorated on a global scale, the stakes for achieving positive and result-oriented work at the CD is higher than ever.

We believe that our agenda is comprehensive and flexible and should enable us to address all issues in the field of arms control and disarmament.

Mr. President,

If we have not yet reached the progress we strive to achieve, it is not due to procedures, membership issues or internal dynamics.

Turkey’s priority is moving CD forward byhaving it reassumeits fundamental task: to negotiate legally binding international treaties.

Mr. President,

We closely follow the various discussions regarding nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues in other fora.

Turkey supports the calls for systematic, progressive, verifiable and irreversible nuclear disarmament and encourages all states that possess nuclear weapons to take further practical steps in that direction.

Yet, there are also many factors that need be taken into consideration in nuclear disarmament.

In doing so, however, the integrity of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty-- which constitutes the cornerstone of nuclear disarmament-- must be upheld, and the realities on the ground noticed.

The universalization of NPT is of utmost importance.

We are now two years past the 2015 NPT Review Conference, which could not adopt a consensus final document.
We stress that the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction is vital.

Regardless of this outcome, we should like to stress that the 2010 Action Plan still constitutes a clear guideline towards our goal. Healthy

functioning of the NPT is a fundamental goal for us. We must therefore continue our efforts as we move towards the 2020 Review Conference.

Mr. President,

Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty. It is essential that this Treaty comes into force as soon as possible. This requires all States, but especially the Annex-II states, to ratify this Treaty as soon as possible.

Finally Mr. President,

The CD has been a most useful forum and can continue to serve us all as it has in the past, provided we get past the deadlock through mutual understanding, compromise and good will.

Recent developments have proven to us that diplomacy can succeed in solving many issues. At a time when we are all facing increased challenges in the security field, the Conference on Disarmament has the potential to give us hope that we can indeed move forward.

To conclude, let me reiterate our support to Romania and future Presidents of this session and wish you success. We will be ready to cooperatively work with all CD Members.

Thank you.


Atatürk

Sadık Arslan Ambassador

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