Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Nov.20
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
Competent authorities of the member states of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) need to combine and intensify their cooperation to strengthen stability and security in the region and to fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism.
The remarks were made by the representatives of national intelligence services of SCO member states and observer states during a conference on cooperation in fighting against terrorism and extremism held in Tashkent.
The conference participants stated that today, the increasing activity of international terrorist organizations in various regions of the world, including in South-Eastern Asia and in the Middle East, as well as the unstable situation in Iraq and Syria is a real threat to stability in SCO countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan).
The conference focused on the participation of representatives of the region's countries in the military activities on the side of anti-government forces abroad, particularly in the Middle East, Syria and Afghanistan.
It was noted that the threat to stability in SCO countries increases as they return to the places of permanent residence.
The participants reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the central coordinating role of the UN in organizing the international fight against the terror threat, implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the finalization of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism as soon as possible.
The sides also agreed on the immediate formalization of cooperation and creation of working mechanisms of cooperation between SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) and the competent authorities of the SCO observer states on the basis of the draft protocols approved by SCO RATS to regulate the anti-terrorist cooperation between them.
SCO member states are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, while Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan are the observer states. Belarus, Turkey and Sri Lanka are dialogue partners.
The Executive Committee of SCO RATS is headquartered in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Edited by S