Statement by Mr. Kerim Uras, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the UN

Kerim Uras 30.03.2007
Mr. President,
Distinguished Delegates,

It is indeed a pleasure for me to take the floor on the occasion of the signing ceremony of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as the representative of a state that signed the Convention on the first day it was opened for signature.

Turkey already aligned itself with the EU statement, therefore I will be very brief.

First of all, I would like to express our thanks for all the Chairs of the Ad Hoc Committee where the convention was negotiated and finalized. Thanks to the able leadership of the Chairs, it has been possible to conclude the Convention in a relatively short period of time. Beyond doubt, the dedication and participation of the civil society representatives were instrumental in expediting the process.

In our point of view, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides a comprehensive tool to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities, based on a holistic approach.

The Convention will be beneficial not only for the persons with disabilities around the world, but for the society at large, since the Convention aims at ending any kind of discrimination against persons with disabilities, and also realizing their full inclusion and integration with society.

Distinguished Delegates,

In July 2005, Turkey adopted the Law on Persons with Disabilities. This law enabled us to deal with various issues concerning persons with disabilities in a more comprehensive and coordinated manner. The Convention will also guide us in our efforts at the national level.

I would like to conclude by expressing our sincere hope that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will enter into force as soon as possible. We think that an early entry into force will confirm the determination of the international community for a better society as a whole.

Thank you.