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H.E Hamid Karzai President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan At the Third Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA)

June 08, 2010, Istanbul

Mr. President,

Excellencies,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

السلام علیکم و رحمت الله و برکاته

I would like to thank the government and people of Turkey for their warm reception and kind hospitality that have always made our visits to Turkey memorable. I am delighted to join the Third Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, and to convey the warm greetings of the people of Afghanistan.

I take this opportunity again to condemn the Israeli commando attack against efforts to bring humanitarian relief assistance to the besieged people of Gaza. I wish to express our deep condolences for the loss of life and injury to the government and people of Turkey resulting from this violent act. There is no doubt that such acts of violence blatantly trample respect for human dignity and undermine peaceful co-existence.

Earlier this year, Turkey’s initiative to host “the Summit on Friendship and Cooperation in the Heart of Asia”, focusing on Afghanistan’s security and development challenges, provided a clear example of Turkey’s dedication towards safeguarding peace and stability in our region. In assuming the Chairmanship of CICA, and hosting this Summit, Turkey once again displays its solid commitment to promoting mutual trust through dialogue, and to cementing strategic ties among Asian nations through confidence-building measures. I am convinced that under Turkey’s auspices, CICA will continue to be an effective platform for comprehensive engagement and cooperation across the region.

In June 2002, by signing the landmark Almaty Declaration, we committed to work in partnership to make Asia a common area of security, prosperity, and peaceful co-existence. Today, our commitment remains as strong as ever.

CICA was born due to the vision and efforts of His Excellency President Nursultan Nazarbayev. I commend President Nazarbayev for his visionary far-sightedness. I believe that CICA will be a long-lasting testimony to President Nazarbayev’s desire for comprehensive peace and security in our continent. As Kazakhstan assumes the chairmanship of the OSCE, we wish President Nazarbayev continued success in his mission for peace and security.

Afghanistan is delighted that CICA has grown in size and diversity. In this regard, we welcome the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Republic of Iraq as CICA’s newest members. We also welcome the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh as observers in this forum. Their participation in CICA will certainly enrich our dialogue, and give added impetus to our efforts for peace, security and mutual understanding.

Given the importance of CICA, Afghanistan is encouraged by the expansion of its collaboration with other regional and international bodies and institutions. We welcome, in particular, the establishment of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Ashqabad.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Factors endangering security in Asia are multifaceted, with terrorism, extremism, proliferation of nuclear weapons, trans- national organized crime, and illicit drugs as the most troubling problems.

Events across the globe clearly show that threats posed by terrorism and extremism are not specific to any one country. From Moscow to New York, from Istanbul to Mumbai, and from Kabul to Lahore, extremists and terrorists have killed, maimed, and created a climate of fear among millions of innocent citizens.

Terrorism should not be identified with any specific nationality or religion; neither should the fight against terrorism be subject to double standards. Without condition or reservation, we must all resolutely condemn and fight terrorism whenever and wherever it occurs, whoever it is directed against and in whatever form it appears.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Over the years, terrorism, trans-national organized crime, and illicit drugs have become interlinked, thus aggravating the threats to our common security. In response, we must make concerted efforts to expand our cooperation in interdiction, intelligence exchange, security consultations and training, as well as efficient border management.

For Afghanistan, the problem of narcotics production and trafficking is a by-product of three decades of conflict. Countering this problem requires time, patience, and most importantly, enhanced collaboration between transit- and consuming countries.

Excellencies,

The potential for economic growth in our region is enormous. Enhanced and effective cooperation in key fields such as trade, transit, transportation and energy would exponentially contribute to maintaining a virtuous cycle of peace and development in Asia. To this end, Afghanistan is actively working to regain its historic role as a land-bridge connecting south and central Asia with the Middle East. We are looking forward to the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline for energy transportation to Pakistan and India via Afghanistan. We also look forward to the realization of the Central Asia-South Asia Regional Electricity Market Initiative (CASA 1000).

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The people of Afghanistan appreciate the support of our friends in Asia and beyond in helping us to safeguard our security, territorial integrity, and stability. A stable and prosperous Afghanistan can contribute tremendously to the cause of stability and prosperity in our continent.

To achieve stability and prosperity in Afghanistan, we need enduring peace. Just a few days ago we held a Grand Consultative Assembly aimed at promoting dialogue and consensus-building required for achieving enduring peace. The events of the Grand Assembly fully displayed the unity of purpose and the desire of the Afghan nation for peace.

The participants of the Grand Peace Jirga gave strong recognition to the role that our brotherly Islamic nations can play in peace efforts in our country. They, with gratitude called upon the Custodian of Huramain and Sharifian, His Majesty King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to continue to support Afghanistan’s efforts for peace and reconciliation. The Grand Assembly also expressed great appreciation to Turkey for facilitating the tripartite dialogue with Pakistan and invited its continued support in this regard.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Excellencies,

Our gathering today is witness to the fact that we are united by common goals to safeguard peace and stability in our continent, and to ensure our peoples’ security, well-being, and dignity. These common goals constitute the corner-stone of our mutual identity.

Let’s build our future on the foundation of this mutual identity with optimism, energy, and confidence.

Thank You.

Special Event on Security and Economic Cooperation in Eurasia in the 21st Century

Statement of H.E. Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul at the

“Special Event on Security and Economic Cooperation in Eurasia in the 21st Century.”

Istanbul – June 7, 2010

Excellencies,

Distinguished Colleagues,

I begin by thanking the government of Turkey for hosting the third CICA Summit, which brings together a unique and diverse group of countries from across Asia to promote regional and international peace and security. This year’s Summit is a reaffirmation of CICA’s commitment to stability in Asia and global security.

I’m also pleased at the opportunity to participate in this special forum on “Security and Economic Cooperation in Eurasia in the 21st Century.”

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It goes without saying that the 21st century sees us living in an interdependent world, in which common threats and challenges affect us all, irrespective of cultural, religious and geographical differences. I can say this for the menace of terrorism, which has proven its ability to strike anywhere, and at any time. This is clear with attacks across the globe: in Asia, Europe, Africa and North-America. This is also relevant with other challenges, including the global financial crisis, which led to economic hardships for millions around the world.

In this context, effective cooperation and collaboration is vital for overcoming present challenges and promoting global security. Achieving these requires effective collaboration: collaboration between and among states; states with regional and international organizations; and regional and international organizations amongst each other.

With regard to Afghanistan, thanks to the support of our international partners, today’s Afghanistan is much different than that of nine years ago, when our country served a base for international terrorism. We have come along way in promoting democracy, strengthening our state-institutions, and building our infrastructure, including roads, schools, hospitals and clinics.

In the coming years, we will work to implement our reinvigorated strategy for Afghanistan’s peace and stability. We will strive to increase Afghan security force capability to assume full security responsibility by the end of five years; enhance regional cooperation for addressing existing challenges; advance progress in the fight against corruption; as well as implement our comprehensive reconciliation strategy to consolidate peace and security across the country.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We know that consolidating peace and security requires not only military efforts, but also an effective political approach. That is why just last week we convened a national consultative peace-jirga, which brought together 1,600 representatives from all segments of society, including tribal and religious figures, civil society, members of parliament and women rights groups. The resolution adopted at the conclusion of the jirga offers a clear guideline for a successful outreach initiative. And we will spare no effort to implement the jirga’s resolution.

We count on the support of the international community and relevant regional partners, particularly the brotherly government of Pakistan to support and assist our reconciliation initiative. We also reiterate our appeal to international partners to contribute to our “peace and reconciliation trust-fund.” By the same token, we also know that defeating terrorism and improving security will not be possible in the absence of an effective regional effort for addressing terrorist sanctuaries and safe-havens in the region. Such support centers are a main source of insecurity in Afghanistan, and unless they are addressed, we will fail to defeat terrorism. We therefore stress increased focus and attention by relevant actors for achieving this goal.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Achieving a stable and prosperous Afghanistan will not be possible without sustained international support. The progress achieved thus far is the result of the joint efforts and sacrifices of the Afghan people and international partners. In this regard, the OSCE has delivered an important contribution for Afghanistan’s stabilization. OSCE support ranges from election support and monitoring, to training of Afghan border officials to prevent trafficking of illegal activities, including terrorism, narcotic drugs and their chemical precursors, and organized crime. In that regard, we also appreciate OSCE/ODIHR’s decision to dispatch an election support team for our up-coming parliamentary elections.

We also reiterate OSCE’s continued support towards Afghanistan, not only in present areas of cooperation, but other also other areas, which will help improve the lives of Afghans.

Excellences,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Regional economic cooperation is another vital factor for the stability and prosperity of Afghanistan and the region. In our part, we will spare no effort to increase trade and transit with countries of the region.

A number of important projects to this effect, including the CASA 1000 and TAPI pipeline, aimed at energy and electricity transfer in the region are underway. The steady implementation of the said projects is essential for the further development and prosperity of our region. In this regard, we note with satisfaction that the issue of regional economic cooperation has been rightly highlighted in the Third CICA Summit declaration, to be adopted at the conclusion our Summit gathering.

As one of the founding members of CICA, Afghanistan is fully committed to the goals and objectives of this forum. We are grateful for the forum’s support of stabilization efforts in our country, and would appreciate an assessment of possible areas of specific cooperation with Afghanistan.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Afghanistan is an example of how various countries and regional and international organizations have come together for a common purpose and goal. Together, we come a long way, but much remains to be accomplished. Afghanistan fully supports the prospects of increased collaboration among the OSCE and CICA in relevant areas. Both the OSCE and CICA have proven effective in promoting regional and international peace and security. And we look for their continued role in support of a stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

I thank you.

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