|BSEC MEMBER-STATES PUBLISH THE ISTANBUL SUMMIT
Istanbul, 18/11/1999 (MPA)
The Black Sea Economic Cooperation summit concluded yesterday in
Istanbul with the publication of the "Istanbul Summit Declaration"
prepared by the high ranking officials of the member countries.
The declaration reads as follows:
"1. We, the Heads of State or Government of the Member states of
the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)
gathered in Istanbul on November 17 1999 to appraise, in the light
of the latest political, economic and security developments in
Europe, the new opportunities created by the transformation of the
BSEC into a regional economic cooperation. Following the
achievements since the adoption of the Istanbul and Moscow Summit
Declarations, we confirm our adherence to the provisions of the
Yalta Summit Declaration and solemnly reaffirm our political will to
contribute to peace and security in the BSEC area by means of
multilateral economic cooperation.
"2. Having held our gathering on the eve of the OSCE Istanbul
Summit of 1999, we reaffirm our adherence to the principles of the
UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act and the OSCE principles, norms
and decisions. We believe that the new Charter for European
Security, to be adopted within the framework of the OSCE will
strengthen the non-hierarchical and mutually beneficial cooperation
among the OSCE and other organizations and institutions. In that
context enhanced cooperation between the BSEC and the OSCE in their
respective fields of competence will serve the goals of a stable
peace and prosperity in the whole of the OSCE area.
"3. We share a common view that during its seven years of
existence, the BSEC has contributed substantially to the process of
enhancement of peace and security in the BSEC area by applying the
pragmatic concept that economic cooperation is an effective
confidence-building measure and serves as a pillar in the new
"4. We confirm our commitment to promote effective economic,
social and democratic reforms in the BSEC area, the establishments
of vigorous market economies and the development of civil societies,
which are of importance for the BSEC area cooperation. This
commitment will also be instrumental to meeting the aspirations of
the member states wishing to fully integrate into Europe.
"5. We appreciate the role attached to the BSEC by the Stability
Pact for South Eastern Europe in promoting mutual understanding,
improving the overall political climate and fostering economic
development in the BSEC area. We welcome the fact that the Stability
Pact emphasizes the BSEC engagement to peace, security and stability
through economic cooperation and invites our Organization to
participate in its implementation. We are committed to the
implementation of the Stability Pact objectives in full conformity
with the BSEC objectives and goals, in close cooperation with the
other international organizations and in accordance with the
''Contribution of the BSEC to the Stability Pact'', adopted by the
Thessaloniki Council of Ministers on October 27, 1999.
"6. We welcome the continuation of the BSEC-EU dialogue at the
BSEC Thessaloniki Ministerial Council and we regard the BSEC
Platform for Cooperation with the EU as an appropriate basis for
interaction in fields of common interest. Therefore, we appeal to
the EU to develop a comprehensive strategy towards the BSEC area and
to assist the BSEC in the elaboration and implementation of concrete
"7. We are convinced that the new identity, acquired by the BSEC
as a regional economic organization requires, whenever possible,
resolutions and decisions with a mechanism for their implementation,
as well as a rapid evolution from the stage of project development
into the one of project implementation. We consider as a high
priority the establishment of an implementation mechanism of the
BSEC Agreement on Emergency Assistance and Emergency Response, in
view of the recent tragic disasters in the region.
"8. We share the conviction that at the new stage of
consolidation of the BSEC, the implementation of concrete joint
projects for cooperation should be the core of its activities. The
most rewarding perspective before the Black Sea Trade and
Development Bank is the realization of viable and bankable projects
of interest to the Member States with as large as possible
co-financing by other interested banking and financial institutions.
We reiterate our commitment to support and promote BSTDB as the
financial pillar of the BSEC for enhancing the economic development
of the region.
"9. We applaud the U.N. General Assembly for granting Observer
Status to the BSEC. This act enabled the BSEC to join the family of
international organizations as an equal partner, assisting the
region to engage in a more competitive manner in the globalization
"10. We emphasize the role of the Parliamentary Assembly as the
parliamentary dimension of the BSEC, providing effective and close
interaction among national parliaments and consistent support to the
BSEC cooperation process.
"11. We highly appreciate the contribution of the Republic of
Turkey for the establishment of further development of the BSEC and
express our gratitude to the Government and people of Turkey for the
opportunity to meet in Istanbul, the birth place of the BSEC."