SCO leaders sign Yekaterinburg declaration

Politics Materials 16 June 2009 15:04 (UTC +04:00)

Head of States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) signed Yekaterinburg Declaration, major political document which assesses present international situation, at the end of the meeting, RIA Novosti reported.

The declaration indicates irreversibility of the trend towards multi-polarity and enhancing significance of regional dimension in solution of global problems. The document emphasizes the importance of strengthening legal framework of international relations and enhancing the coordination role of UN in world affairs, reaffirms commitment to principles of maintaining peace on terms of equal security for all States without exception and resolve international and regional conflicts by political and diplomatic measures.

The parties expressed support for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, increased cooperation in the control and management of international finance and preserving economic stability.

The Declaration states that international cooperation is the only tool in addressing the pressing issues, including energy and food security, climate change and financial crisis. Leaders of the SCO countries consider more active participation of organizations in the management of global processes to be necessary.

The summit also ended with a joint statement which identifies practical steps on development of cooperation within SCO in concrete areas.

SCO Convention against terrorism, a document developing legal framework of the organization given requirements of time and changing features of new challenges and threats, was also signed.

The Heads of State adopted a cooperation program of SCO members on the fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism for 2010-2012, decision to provide Sri Lanka and Belarus with the status of the SCO dialogue partner, an agreement on training for anti-terrorist forces of SCO members as well the agreement on cooperation in the field of ensuring international information security.