TURKPA Secretary General addressed the OSCE Permanent Council
December 24, 2013

On 18-20 December 2013, TURKPA Secretary General Jandos Asanov visited Vienna to address the OSCE Permanent Council during its 978th meeting on 19 December 2013. The visit was made at the invitation of the Ukrainian Chairperson of the OSCE Permanent Council Ambassador Ihor Prokopchuk. Alongside, Secretary General of the Turkic Council Ambassador Halil Akinci was also invited by the Ukrainian Chairmanship to address the OSCE Permanent Council.
Within the framework of the visit Mr. Asanov held bilateral meetings with the Permanent Representatives of the TURKPA member countries to the OSCE, Head of the OSCEPA Liaison Office in Vienna Ambassador Andreas Nothele, as well as with the OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier.
In his address to the OSCE Permanent Council, Secretary General informed members of the Council on the last activities of TURKPA, evolution trends of cooperation among the member countries and on future outlook of this cooperation. During his speech, Mr. Asanov emphasized that as the parliamentary dimension of the Turkic cooperation TURKPA attached importance to its inclusive participation in the OSCEPA activities. Permanent Representatives of the EU, USA and Norway expressed their support to the development of relations between the OSCE and institutions of Turkic cooperation, as cooperation between the OSCE and other international organizations that share its values coincides with the Platform for Cooperative Security adopted in 1999 at the OSCE Istanbul Summit. Abovementioned representatives pointed out the main aspects of joint activities and supported future practical actions to advance common goals and objectives. Permanent Representatives of the TURKPA member countries welcomed participation of the TURKPA Secretary General in the OSCE Permanent Council and stressed that both the Turkic Council and TURKPA carry out important tasks running in full parallel to the OSCE’s principles. During bilateral meetings with the Permanent Representatives of the TURKPA member countries, Secretary General appreciated their full support to provide active participation of TURKPA in the OSCE activities. Mr. Asanov also informed permanent representatives on the latest activities of the Assembly and future projects to be implemented in the TURKPA’s framework. During the meetings with the Ambassador Andreas Nothele and OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, parties conducted exchange of views on the issue of strengthening cooperation between the two organizations and necessity to increase relations of TURKPA with the OSCEPA.