Statement by H.E. Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan, Permanent Representative of the Mission of Turkey to the United Nations, at the Security Council Meeting Statement on Women, Peace and Security

Ertuğrul Apakan 30.09.2009
Madame President,

I would first like to thank US Delegation and you personally Madame President, for your personal involvement and leadership in advancing the cause of women around the globe and for your most commendable efforts in mobilizing the Council to the adoption of this important resolution today.

I also wish to express our deep appreciation to the Secretary General for his commitment to combating violence against women and re-energizing the entire UN system in this direction.

Madame President,

Today, with this resolution, we are giving yet another strong message to the world at large that violence against women and children, particularly in situations of armed conflict, is not acceptable and that such acts will never be tolerated.

Indeed, the women and children who continue to be subjected to most cruel forms of violence during armed conflicts shall hopefully see that they are not alone in their plight and that the international community will not spare any effort to stop their sufferings.

This is why Turkey has supported this resolution since the very beginning and actively contributed to its negotiations, bearing in mind the Council's primary responsibility in the protection of civilians at times of armed conflict, in particular the women and children.

Madame President,

The resolution we have just adopted has many important aspects. But maybe its most significant added value derives from its action-oriented nature. Indeed, in this resolution we are not only condemning those who perpetrate acts of violence against women, but also call for action against them.

With the establishment of a new mechanism and the decision to appoint a Special Representative, in particular, the UN and the international community has demonstrated its firm commitment and political will to effectively prevent sexual violence against women, combat impunity and enforce accountability and the rule of law.

Turkey is fully committed to exert every effort in order to ensure the effective implementation of this resolution. Together with Resolutions 1325 and 1820, it provides us a comprehensive framework in empowering women and we will do our utmost to make best use of this opportunity.

Thank you.