Statement by H.E. Ambassador Baki İlkin, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN, on the Report of the Secretary General on the Work of the Organization (Agenda Item 110) General Assembly

Baki İlkin 29.09.2005
Mr. President,

At the outset, we would like to thank the Secretary-General for his comprehensive report on the work of the Organization and commend him for this excellent work.

I would also congratulate the President of the 60th General Assembly and express my determination to work closely with him for the realization of the agenda of the Assembly. He has the full confidence and support of my Mission.

Since Turkey has already aligned itself with the EU statement, I will limit my remarks to one particular subject and that is terrorism.

To start with, we believe that the targeting and deliberate killing of not only civilians and non-combatants, but also military and security personnel can not be justified or legitimized by any cause or grievance. I would like to underline this once again.

As we have witnessed time and again, terrorism is a threat to the very existence of individuals, nations and the human civilization as a whole. Terrorism is a means of oppression, which humiliates the individual and obstructs the development of humanity. It is a gross violation of human rights, first and foremost of the right to life.

Thus, all acts, methods and practices of terrorism should be condemned as criminal and unjustifiable in any circumstance, regardless of their motivation. No consideration whatsoever can be invoked to justify terrorist acts.

Turkey, as a country which suffered from terrorism, has long been pointing out to the critical nature of this problem and has been alarming the international community against this scourge. Terrorism is a common problem of the whole international community, where no nation can deem itself immune from it.

Turkey fully adheres to five-pillar strategy of the Secretary-General to combat terrorism. We also welcome the clear condemnation of terrorism in the Summit Outcome Document. We are ready to work with others to conclude the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism during this 60th session.

Thank you, Mr. President.