April 17, 2012

Mr. Chairman, Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear participants of the meeting!

First of all I would like to thank the parliament management, Secretary General of the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC) for invitation to this important event.

With your permission I would like to inform you shortly about history of establishment of TÜRKPA and its activities. The Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic Speaking Countries (TürkPA) was established in November 21, 2008 according to the Agreement signed by the Heads of Parliaments of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and the Republic of Turkey.

Then, in September 29, 2009 the I plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic Speaking Countries (TürkPA) was conducted in the capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan Baku city. The TÜRKPA Regulations, Statute of Secretariat, Baku Declaration and Statement regarding the permanent accomodation of the Secretariat in Baku city were adopted at the plenary session.

The TürkPA Chairmanship annually passes from one country to another by means of rotation in the English alphabetical order and according to this order current Chairman is the Republic of Azerbaijan. At the forthcoming session in October the Chairmanship will pass to Kazakhstan.

The TürkPA Secretariat is the authority located in the capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan Baku city and has the status of international organization. The Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic Speaking Countries has an intention to support in further development of political dialogue among the countries and create favorable political conditions for elaboration and implementation of different initiatives by means of parliamentary diplomacy as qualitatively new stage of inter-parliamentary cooperation in order to maintain regional and global security. One of the main goals of TürkPA is establishment of new relations and development of the existing ones with parliaments and other international organizations of the countries in the region and all over the world. On this basis I would like to emphasise that our organization has not been established against the third countries. Our goals include only strengthening of political and economic security of the countries on the grounds of refrainment from threat or use of force or economic or any other pressure, growth of national prosperity by means of full and rational use of natural resources; endevour to the new progress in the sphere of parliamentary diplomacy.

National parliaments are an important instrument for creation of common legal basis leading to the new type of mutual relations between the countries of the region. Parliaments and Parliamentary Assemblies play very important role in the development of international cooperation. It is necessary to expand and deepen the cooperation between MPs (Members of Parliaments) and diplomats in the international arena. One of development trends of inter-parliamentary diplomacy is creation and complete use of new opportunities for cooperation.

Parliamentary diplomacy is the new form of public diplomacy. Parliamentary diplomacy is one of primary and effective instruments in establishment of meaningful dialogue, strengthening of regional cooperation, and all-round consideration of national interests of each country.

It is especially essential to emphasize the further extension of inter-parliamentary dialogue and cooperation, enhancement of activities and increase of parliamentarians role in solution of main problems. Thereby, we should provide the complex approach to the solution of security, economic and humanitarian issues and political initiatives. In this context the TürkPA pays special attention to cooperation with Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation as the international parliamentary organization having great experience and involving youth who are the most dynamic layer of the population. The TürkPA works in close cooperation with the the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and on the basis of mutual agreement conducts the activities that should entitle our organizations to take part in the sessions as Observers in the future. During my personal meeting with the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization of the Islamic Conference Mr. Erol Kylych we reached the verbal agreement regarding this issue.

I am glad to see that this Forum has brought together youth from different cultures and regions and has again given the opportunity to search for the grounds of sustainable dialogue and cooperation.

Let me take this opportunity to express sincere thanks on behalf of the TürkPA management for brilliant organization of this event and for having a chance to address this forum. I would like to thank everybody who participated in organization of this event and wish success to all participants.

Thank you very much for kind attention!