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Suleyman Soylu: Countries should Address Security Wider Than National Boundaries

12 April 2018, 15:01

The countries of the world should comprehensively assess the situation and address the security in a wider context than simply protecting their national borders.

Suleyman Soylu, the Special Representative of the President and Government of the Republic of Turkey, the Minister of Interior, stated this during the 11th Kyiv Security Forum in Kyiv.

“We should comprehensively assess the situation and address the security in a wider context than simply protecting our national borders,” he stated.

The head of the Turkish Interior Ministry stressed that nobody had expected in the current era that such events would take place in the world. According to him, everyone hoped for a high level of cooperation on combating terrorism, but this did not happen. “Often, we determine the future, guided by fears. And this moves us away from solving the problem,” he said.

He pointed to the existing global challenges, such as terrorism, drugs trafficking, illegal migration, that needed to be tackled in a comprehensive and joint manner.

“Today we are witnessing the so-called “wars with someone else’s hands” – when hostilities on the territory of other countries are taking place due to some sources and the blame laid on someone else, and it is difficult to determine the real origin. But it is important to understand that the conflict in one region has an impact on the whole world,” Suleyman Soylu stated.

The Special Representative of the Turkish President further stressed that the countries also differed in defining terrorist organizations, and “sometimes want to legitimize a specific organization”. “All the groups with illicit weapons are terrorists and must be fought with,” the Turkish Interior Ministry stressed in this regard.

Speaking on the situation in Ukraine, the Special Representative of the Turkish President emphasized that the issue of territorial integrity should not even be questioned. “One simply must not put the territorial integrity of Ukraine into question,” he said.

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The annual international event Kyiv Security Forum was launched by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Foundation Open Ukraine in 2007 as a platform for high-level discussions on the current issues in Europe and the Black Sea region. The Forum aims at increasing security cooperation between the EU and the Black Sea region, raising awareness about regional developments among key regional players, promoting the role of independent and non-governmental actors in setting the security agenda in Europe.

The event is being held with the support of NATO Information and Documentation Center in Ukraine, the German Marshall Fund, The Victor Pinchuk Foundation, The Royal Institute of International Relations, Chatham House (UK), and The Regional Representative Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine.