STATEMENT BY PERMANENT MISSION OF TURKEY, CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT

Naci Koru 20.03.2018
Madame President,

I would like to join others and congratulate you on your assumption of the Presidency of the Conference on Disarmament. I assure you of Turkey’s full support and cooperation in your endeavours to advance the work of the CD.

Madame President,

The CD has a unique place and a very special responsibility in the international fora. It is tasked with negotiating multilateral disarmament instruments with the aim of achieving the ultimate goal of creating a safer world. We must bear this important responsibility on our shoulders.

The world has not become a safer place than it was before the new millennium. On the contrary, there exists an increasing urgency to address the new challenges that we face today.

The first step to overcome this situation is to learn from the repeated failures and achieve consensus over a Program of Work. We began this year with cherishing hopes again. With the approval of the decision on establishing five subsidiary bodies our hopes doubled.

If we were able to achieve consensus on the draft decision on the appointment of coordinators for the subsidiary bodies last week, it would be possible to start substantive works this week. Nevertheless, we once again saw that rather than its mandate, rules of procedure and membership composition, the lack of confidence and trust that ends up with less political will did not let this happen.

It is incumbent upon us to overcome this challenge. Turkey is ready to do its part to make this happen. As the last President of this august body this year, we are looking forward to being able to include a reasonable progress into the annual report.

Madame President,

The use of chemical weapons is a crime against humanity under all circumstances. In this context, we condemn the recent attack in Salisbury and express our solidarity with the UK.

The North Atlantic Council made a statement on this issue on 14th of March. Investigations regarding this grave incident should be conducted and perpetrators brought to justice at the soonest.

As a party to the 1925 Geneva Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention, Turkey supports all efforts in countering the use of such weapons.

Wishing all the success in your efforts, I thank you Madame President.

Atatürk

Sadık Arslan Ambassador

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