EXPLANATION OF VOTE BY TURKEY ON THE DRAFT RESOLUTION /C.4/62/L.6 ENTITLED "ASSISTANCE IN MINE ACTION"

-- 13.11.2007
Mr. Chairman

I would like to make an explanation of vote on the draft resolution entitled "Assistance in Mine Action" contained in document A/C.4/62/L.6 which has just been adopted by the Committee.

Turkey shares the vision of a world free of anti-personal landmines. We are fully committed to fulfill our contractual obligations stemming from both the "Ottawa Convention" and the CCW (Convention on the Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects ). We therefore welcome and support the efforts of the United Nations and its members to strengthen mine action, particularly for mine-affected countries.

With this view, my delegation joined the consensus on the draft resolution L.6. Yet we would like to express our views with regard to its last preambular paragraph referring to non-state actors.

It is the strong view of this delegation that when engagement with non-state actors is contemplated, countries concerned should be informed and their consent should be sought, since rights and obligations enshrined in the Ottawa Convention and in the Nairobi Action Plan apply only to State Parties.

We are also of the view that the engagement with Non-State actors in the scope of the implementation of the Ottawa Convention should not serve the purposes of terrorist organizations. A clear line should therefore be drawn between activities serving the interests of humanity and giving publicity and indirect credence to terrorist organizations.

Finally, we would like to underline that it is incumbent on all members of the UN to take effective measures to prevent the transfer and use of mines by non-State actors and to make such transfers or use illegal.

Thank you Mr. Chairman