President Abdullah Gül has left for Kazakhstan for the Summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
President Gül, during his press conference at Esenboğa Airport prior to his departure, noted that the decisions to lead the studies that the organization will conduct until the next summit are reached and assignments and strategic guidance are made during OSCE summits.
FUNCTION THAT OSCE ASSUMES
The President further stated that the OSCE which served to alleviate the tensions between the two superpower blocks during the Cold War continues its comprehensive activities in political-military, economic-environmental and humanitarian terms as well as against asymmetrical threats today as a reverberation of actual security needs. The OSCE, he said, is a platform for dialogue where the resolution process of some issues concerning Turkey’s security and stability like Southern Ossetia, Upper Karabakh and the Transdinyester region in her neighborhood, adding that Turkey, as a result of her role in the region, is one of the leading countries that participates in and contributes to the OSCE actively.
FIRST SUMMIT HELD IN ELEVEN YEARS
The President attached great significance to the Astana Summit, the first OSCE Summit in eleven years, with the last one held in Istanbul in 1999. “During the summit that more than 40 heads of state and government will attend, the attending countries will reiterate their commitment to the common principles and responsibilities. Therefore, we expect the OSCE, the broadest regional organization for security with its 56 members to display its resoluteness to fight against the 21st century’s risks and to accept an Action Plan at the end of the summit.”
GÜL’S BILATERAL TALKS
President Gül also evinced his pleasure with the fact that Kazakhstan, after her successful 2010 term presidency of the OSCE, would brought together the heads of state and government after 11 years had passed since the Istanbul Summit, further informing the press that he would hold tête-à-têtes with some of the heads of state and government participating in the summit.
Accompanying the President on his visit to Kazakhstan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmet Davutoğlu, as well.
President Abdullah Gül was welcomed by the Kzakh Minister of Economy and Development, Janar Aytcanova; Turkey’s Ambassador to Astana, Lale Ülker and other officials at Astana Airport.