Statement by Mr. Fazlı Çorman, Deputy Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations, at the Comprehensive Review on the Status of Implementation of UNSCR 1540

Fazlı Çorman 30.09.2009
Mr. Chairman,

Let me begin by thanking you for convening this important meeting, which presents a timely opportunity to take stock of our accomplishments as regards the implementation of resolution 1540. This is also an opportunity to compare notes on what needs to be done to further the implementation of this resolution.

Mr. Chairman,

Today's globalized and interdependent world is confronted with numerous risks and challenges which transcend national boundaries. Some of these risks and threats are historically unprecedented, such as a possible access of terrorists to weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery. Hence, no country is safe without international cooperation. And no border is secure without a shared responsibility and global solidarity to counter these threats.


Resolution 1540 was adopted against this background and in recognition of these challenges. Since its adoption in 2004, the resolution has become an indispensable tool and is gradually emerging as an important component of the global non-proliferation and counter-terrorism regimes. Although its implementation remained somewhat limited in the initial years following its adoption, we are pleased that the level of implementation has improved recently. Taking this opportunity, I would like to thank you, Mr. Chairman, for your able leadership as well as Secretariat, including its capable group of experts, whose patient and diligent work has led to an intensification of national and regional efforts towards effective implementation the resolution.

Mr. Chairman,

Comprehensive review is not a one-off event, but rather a continuous process. Our efforts should therefore continue unabated. We believe that the 1540 Committee has already developed the necessary tools to step up the implementation efforts. We also have in place an effective and structural mechanism for technical assistance.


We must continue to promote implementation of the resolution through a regional approach. We believe that outreach events, such as conferences, seminars and workshops, to be organized at the regional and sub-regional levels are highly beneficial for this purpose. These events provide a useful opportunity for awareness raising and implementation assistance. They frequently bring together those who request implementation assistance and those who offer such assistance. Since the awareness raising objectives of the Committee have been largely met by now, in the future the Committee may consider organizing more thematic events that would allow the participants to address more specific implementation gaps relating to the resolution.

The regional approach is also essential because, whereas the overall implementation of resolution 1540 is rather impressive, there are certain regions where the level of implementation remains rather weak. Outreach events specifically tailored to the needs and requirements of these regions are therefore highly desirable. International, regional and sub-regional organizations can also work towards enhancing regional implementation. They can also develop best practices and work as centers of excellence in various regions. Hence, we support the 1540 Committee to have a more structural dialogue and cooperation with such organizations.

Mr. Chairman,

The outreach activities are expected to lead to an increase in the number of assistance requests in the near future. Therefore, we expect the clearing house function of the Committee to gain even more prominence in the coming years. In addition, the amount of information that needs to be processed by the Committee is also expected to increase in the future. 1540 is a highly technical resolution and it is only natural that some member States are not well-equipped to fulfill their obligations emanating from it. Since a chain is as strong as its weakest link, it is in our common interest and mutual advantage to strengthen these weak links. Finally, Mr. Chairman, we must bear in mind the fact that, by fully implementing the resolution, we will be enhancing not only our own national safety and security, but also that of our world as a whole.