The PABSEC Delegation at the Democracy and Solidarity Summit in Ankara, Turkey, on 1 September 2016
Upon the invitation of Mr. Ismail Kahraman, the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Mrs. Maja Gojkovic, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, accompanied by Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, the Secretary General of the PABSEC, participated in the Democracy and Solidarity Summit held in Ankara on September 1, 2016.
Mr. Pedro Agramunt, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mr. Paolo Alli, the Vice-President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Mr. David-Maria Sassoli, the Vice- President of the European Parliament and Mr. Saleem Al-Jubouri, the President of the Parliamentary Union of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, as well as members of the diplomatic corps, experts and other important guests participated in the Summit. All participants condemned the terrorist coup attempt on 15 July 2016 and declared their readiness to cooperate with Turkey and support its efforts to heal the wounds caused by the coup attempt and maintain the primacy of Turkey’s Constitution and democratic institutions.
During the Summit, it was adopted the Joint Declaration of the Democracy and Solidarity Summit which recalls that “the legitimacy of a democracy is based on the sovereign will of the people” and stresses that “the fight against the subversive interest groups operating outside the boundaries of the current legal system will be always carried out in the democratic states in accordance with the rule of law and democratic values and principles”.
The PABSEC President appreciated the Turkish Parliament’s initiative to organise this gathering to facilitate the exchange of experiences and better understanding of the recent attempted coup in Turkey, and reminded that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation had condemned the attempted coup levelled against democracy, in which numerous innocent people lost their lives. Mrs. Gojkovic particularly noted that the Turkish people and state will overcome the existing problems and continue to live in peace and democracy, because it is of vital importance both for Turkey and the entire region. The PABSEC President invited Mr. Ismail Kahraman, the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, to the 48th PABSEC General Assembly to be held in Belgrade in November 2016.
The participants of the Summit in Ankara also met Mr. Binali Yildirim, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey. Speaking at the lunch hosted for the presidents and vice-presidents of the international parliamentary organizations, Prime Minister Yildirim stated that it is the natural right of a state to conduct a defense mechanism within the limits of democracy against attempts that threaten the state and people and he further underlined that many countries have remained silent and concluded his remarks by urging the heads of the international parliamentary organizations to explain what the Turkish people has gone through, stressing at the same time that Turkey does not accept any double standard when it comes to protecting democratic rights.