Statement by Head of the Turkish Delegation H.E. Birnur Fertekligil -- Ambassador, Permanent Representative United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice 26th Session - Vienna, 22-26 May 2017

Birnur Fertekligil 22.05.2017

TURKEY

Statement by Head of the Turkish Delegation

H.E. Birnur Fertekligil -- Ambassador, Permanent Representative

United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

26th Session - Vienna, 22-26 May 2017

Mr. President, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, let me congratulate you, Mr. President, for your election to lead the twenty-sixth session of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

I would like to assure you of the full cooperation and support of my delegation throughout the sessions.

We also appreciate all efforts of the UNODC Secretariat, in organizing this event as well as the excellent work which helped us in preparing for the discussions.

Mr. President,

Transnational organized crime remains among the major challenges to security and development of countries and the international community. It is a threat to the progress of society. It systematically violates the justice and harms the lives and wellbeing of the individuals.

The economic and social development is also
directly linked with justice. Threats to development stemming from organized crime can only be resolved by establishing rule of law that will be achieved by creating effective and legitimate institutions. Strengthening the judicial systems and empowering the society through solid legal infrastructure are crucial not only for dealing with crime effectively, but also for implementing national development policies successfully.

In this regard, United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) provides the member states with an excellent forum for convening, exchanging views, sharing experiences, identifying the emerging crime trends. It is also very useful in developing policy options in preventing crime and addressing the necessary criminal justice responses regarding the issues in a wide variety, such as terrorism, trafficking in persons, migrant smuggling, firearms trafficking, trafficking of cultural property or cybercrime.

We strongly believe that public participation, social policies and education in support of the rule of law are important tools in establishing comprehensive crime prevention strategies. In this regard, we welcome this year’s thematic discussion topic and believe that our deliberations will provide us a valuable insight.

Mr. President,

It is deeply concerning that the global threat of terrorism is expanding both geographically and in terms of tactics despite the increasing resources and means devoted for the fight against terrorism.

Turkey is combating all kinds of terrorism and terrorist organizations, including DEASH, PKK/YPG and Fetullah Gülen Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).

Terrorism and violent extremism are global threats, without any cultural or geographical borders. I should reiterate Turkey’s resolve to fight all those threats whenever and wherever they occur. The international community must stand united, show equal solidarity and cooperate against terrorism by all means and manifestations.

The United Nations lies most naturally at the center of our common efforts on counter-terrorism. UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy provides the backbone of both national and international work to be done in this area. We support the instrumental role played by all UN agencies and bodies. We are currently contributing to the projects by the UNODC and the Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) for the implementation of the Strategy. We should be ready for a long struggle which will require a wide range of tools.
Operational and timely intelligence sharing is of vital importance to this end. We also need to implement preventive and subversive measures.

Mr. President,

Turkey has long been emphasizing the clear existence of the link between terrorism and transnational organized crime , such as drug trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking or trafficking of cultural artefacts. We should further enhance the cooperation to counter the existing and growing links between these symbiotic crimes.

Among many others, as the examples of the PKK or FETÖ demonstrated us, corrupted practices or activities such as money-laundering and embezzlement provide FETÖ-like terrorist entities necessary financial sources to exist.

We must also reinforce the judicial cooperation on the extradition of the perpetrators of the terrorist acts or any person supporting, facilitating or participating in those acts. We reiterate our call to all member states to resolutely implement “extradite or prosecute principle” and to prevent any abuse of the refugee status by those involved in terrorist acts.

Mr. President,

As a State Party to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and to its supplementing Protocols, we are determined to continue combating illicit trafficking in firearms, trafficking in persons, as well as smuggling of migrants and to protect the victims of such crimes. Turkey has effectively benefited from the relevant instruments in reforming its criminal justice system and has taken significant steps in the recent decades towards enacting legislation and enhancing the capacities of its authorities against organized crime.


Technical assistance is another crucial aspect of our work in this Conference. We applaud the work done by the UNODC to improve the capacity of requesting States. On its part, Turkey has contributed to the capacity-building activities through providing training to the officials of other governments based on their needs, by making financial contributions to UNODC-led programs, and by hosting high-level international meetings in this field.

Embracing the principle of shared responsibility, Turkey maintains its steady financial contribution to the UNODC budget. As one of the major donors, we are supporting the work of the UNODC.

Mr. President,

I wish that the twenty-sixth session of the CCPCJ will contribute to our efforts towards paving the way for promoting peace and security for future generations.

Thank you.



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