STATEMENT BY THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY AT THE SIXTH COMMITTEE AGENDA ITEM 85: REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND ON THE STRENGTHENING OF THE ROLE OF THE ORGANIZATION

-- 16.10.2007
Mr. Chairman,

While aligning ourselves with the statement made by distinguished representative of Portugal 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 utmost importance to 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. The particular interest of Turkey concerning the said topic arises from the fact that Turkey, as a third State, has suffered considerably from the consequences of such sanctions.

We note that 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) indicates 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".

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 observe, however, that the text no longer makes reference to the non-permissibility of the situation in which the consequences of the introduction of sanctions would inflict considerable material and financial harm on third states. Instead the text states that "as far as possible the situations in which the consequences of the introduction of sanctions would inflict considerable material and financial harm on third states or in which the civilian population in the target State or third States would experience considerable adverse consequences should be avoided"(para. 13).

Additionally, the further revised working paper does not provide consultation with third States before imposing sanctions. It also leaves out relief measures such as commercial exemptions or concessions to the mostly affected third States, prompt establishment of effective compensation mechanisms etc. We, therefore, believe that the further revised working paper does not properly address the hardships shouldered by third States and requires further consideration.

Mr. Chairman,

Another topic that I would like to touch on is the peaceful settlement of disputes. Turkey attaches utmost importance to the principle of free choice of means in dispute settlement. In our view, the consent of the parties to a certain dispute should be required for referring their disagreement to the dispute-resolving board.

With regard 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 very important sources of reference and hopes that its contribution both for the Repertory and Repertoire would assist these efforts.

Mr. Chairman,

Tackling the issues of common concern is indeed a hard task and the Special Committee is an invaluable forum to achieve it. In conclusion, we wish to reiterate our view that the Charter Committee should be utilized in a much more efficient manner.

Thank you.