Statement by the Representative of Turkey to the UN, before the Special Commitee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization

-- 27.02.2008
Mr. Chairman,

At the outset, I would like to congratulate you on your assumption of the Chair. I also congratulate the other members of the Bureau for their election.

While aligning ourselves with the statement made on behalf of the European Union, we would like to highlight our views on certain topics which the Special Committee has been working on since sometime now.

Mr. Chairman,

Turkey attaches great importance to the work of the Special Committee. In this regard, the topic on the implementation of the provisions of the United Nations Charter related to the assistance to third States affected by the application of sanctions is of significant importance for my delegation, since Turkey, as a third State, has suffered considerably from such sanctions.

We regret to note, as indicated by the Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations related to the assistance to third States affected by the application of sanctions (A/62/206), that the report of the Informal Working Group on General Issues of Sanctions "did not contain any recommendations that explicitly referred to ways to assist untargeted States affected by the unintended impact of sanctions". As it would be recalled, it has been almost ten years since the publication of the Report of the Secretary-General which summarizes the main findings of the Ad Hoc Expert Group which was convened in 1998 to develop a methodology for assessing the consequences incurred by third States as a result of preventive or enforcement measures (A/53/312). The findings of the Ad Hoc Expert Group still await an overall consideration in this forum. In light of the foregoing, my delegation supports the idea of establishing a working group to study the matter of sanctions and third states.

A related topic on sanctions is the further revised working paper submitted by the Russian Federation during the last session of the Committee entitled "Basic Conditions and Standard Criteria for the Introduction and Implementation of Sanctions by the United Nations". We have already shared our views on this document in detail in our statement before the Sixth Committee. We hope to make progress on this topic during the current session.

As regards the topic on peaceful settlement of disputes my delegation would like to reiterate the importance it attaches to the principle of free choice of means in dispute settlement.

Turning to the Repertory of Practice of the United Nations Organs and Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council, our delegation supports all efforts towards the continued publication and updating of these valuable sources of information and hopes that its continued contribution to the Trust Fund would assist these efforts.

Mr. Chairman,

It is a fact that some of the issues have been on the agenda of the Special Committee for quite long time. My delegation sincerely believes that through political will and constructive spirit the Committee could work more efficiently and make progress on these agenda items. That said, we wish to underline that the true success of our work will not be assessed by how many documents we produce or in what time period these documents are produced. Indeed, the real yardstick will be the content of these documents.

Thank you.