Statement by H.E. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of Turkey, at Peacekeeping Operations Summit
H.E. Ahmet Davutoğlu 28.09.2015
Let me start by thanking the distinguished Co-Hosts for organizing this timely debate.
Also, allow me to express our sincere appreciation to President Obama for taking the initiative and placing the peace operations to the heart of the high level week, when the focus of the global community is in New York.
This year, the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations, is a unique opportunity and responsibility to discuss and review, in a retrospective manner, the effectiveness of our efforts to protect peace and stability
Taking into consideration the complex nature of today’s conflicts, it seems that peacekeeping operations will remain as one of the most important tools of the UN in the near future.
This is why, now is the right time to come up with concrete results for further advancing the operability and effectiveness of peace operations, in a forward-looking and progressive manner.
Turkey is a strong supporter of UN peace operations, be it directly conducted by the UN or carried out by NATO, EU, OSCE or African Union under the UN mandate.
We have presence across the globe, from Afghanistan to Kosovo, from Lebanon to Somalia, from Haiti to DRC with military troops, experts and police officers.
As for peacebuilding efforts, with its contribution of 1.7 million dollars, Turkey is the 22nd biggest contributor to the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund.
However, we are cognizant of the fact there is still a long way ahead of us to save more lives and to effectively address the present challenges to international peace and security.
Thus, the Government of Turkey has decided to announce the following commitments:
We are ready to deploy 5 staff officers to the headquarters of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA.
In addition, we are ready to make available one transport aircraft to be deployed on demand, either at MINUSMA or the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA. It will be made available for deployment upon notification, received one month before the deployment date.
The domestic approval procedures required for the actual deployment of these commitments have already been initiated.
Furthermore, Turkish Armed Forces stand ready to contribute to the training of personnel participating in UN Peacekeeping Operations through its well-established training facilities, including Partnership for Peace Training Center, Center of Excellence for Counter-Terrorism, Multi-national Flight Training Center, and Multi-National Center of Excellence for Maritime Security.
Specifically, support the African countries to combat armed robberies, illegal trafficking and piracy at sea, Turkish Navy is ready to provide training in the field of maritime security for naval personnel taking part in UN operations.
Allow me also to underline that one of the most important aspects of peace operations is peacebuilding.
Once there is peace on the ground, no effort should be spared by the international community to minimize the risk of relapsing into conflict and to lay the foundations for sustainable peace.
It is our firm belief that the international community should demonstrate solidarity and exert the necessary political will to travel the extra mile which will carry UN peace operations to the future.
Turkey remains ready to do her part in this regard.