Meeting of Mr. Ramil Hasanov, TURKPA Secretary General, with Ambassador Eoin Oleary, head of the permanent mission of Ireland to the OSCE and special representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-office
March 20, 2012

TURKPA Secretary General Mr. Ramil Hasanov met with Ambassador Eoin O’Leary, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Ireland to the OSCE and current Chairperson of the OSCE Permanent Council, in the framework of the 11th Winter Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly held on 23-24 February 2012 in Vienna. Ambassador Eoin O’Leary expressed his gratitude to Mr. Hasanov for TURKPA’s interest in the OSCE activities and emphasized that OSCE pays importance to cooperation with regional inter-governmental and inter-parliamentary organizations. Ambassador O’Leary said that interaction between the OSCE and TURKPA is of particular significance due to the fact that all the TURKPA member countries are also OSCE participants and both sides could enhance cooperation addressing issues of common interest.
TURKPA Secretary General briefly informed Ambassador O’Leary about TURKPA’s activities regarding developing inter-parliamentary cooperation and strengthening political and economic dialogue between its member countries. Mr. Hasanov emphasized that one of the main tasks of TURKPA is establishment of new relations and development of existing ones with other national parliaments and international institutions in the region and all over the world. In this context, TURKPA seeks to develop its relationships with the OSCE and its institutions, as OSCE’s experience is important for promoting cooperation process of Turkic-speaking states in various formats. Mr. Hasanov stressed that TURKPA are firmly committed to the UN principles and purposes and its member countries consider parliamentary diplomacy as a complementary tool to traditional diplomacy, being a crucial aspect of international cooperation and development of democracy worldwide. TURKPA Secretary General noted that TURKPA Chairmanship currently held by Kazakhstan with Mr. Nurlan Nigmatulin, TURKPA Chairman-in-Office and Chairman of Majlis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan. At the end of meeting, Ambassador Eoin O’Leary, in his capacity of the representative of the OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office, invited TURKPA Secretary General Mr. Ramil Hasanov to present detailed information on Assembly’s activities to the OSCE Permanent Council and to hold an exchange of views on future cooperation between two organizations. Relevant visit of the TURKPA’s delegation to the OSCE is expected in March-April 2012. During the meeting Mr. Ramil Hasanov was accompanied by Mr. Mels Semgaliyev, TURKPA Deputy Secretary General. At the same time, TURKPA Secretary General informed the permanent representatives of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey to OSCE about the outcomes of meeting.