Baku, Azerbaijan, April 6
On April 5, 2018, the thirty-second meeting of the Council of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (RATS SCO) was held in Tashkent under the chairmanship of the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbek media reported.
It was attended by delegations of competent authorities of the Republic of India, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Executive Committee of the RATS SCO.
During the meeting, projects of the Cooperation Program of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states in the fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism for 2019-2021 and the report of the RATS SCO Council to the Council of Heads of the SCO member states on activities of the RATS SCO in 2017 were approved.
Information was considered on the progress of implementation in 2017 of the Cooperation Program of the SCO member states in the fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism for 2016-2018, the decisions of the RATS SCO Council, as well as the implementation of the Joint measures of competent authorities of the SCO member states on counteracting recruitment into terrorist and extremist organizations of persons serving sentences in places for deprivation of liberty in the territories of the SCO member states.
The results of the joint anti-terrorism exercise of competent bodies of the SCO member states on identifying and suppressing the use of the Internet for terrorist, separatist and extremist purposes “Xiamen – 2017” were approved. A decision was taken on holding in 2018 a joint border operation of the SCO member states.
Threats to SCO member states that originate outside of international terrorist organizations were discussed. The sides reached an agreement on strengthening cooperation between the competent bodies of the SCO member states.
The drafts of memorandums of understanding and cooperation of the RATS SCO with the Executive Directorate of the UNSC CTC and the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism have been approved in order to develop international cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
Decision was taken on holding in the fourth quarter of 2018 of the Sixth scientific practical conference on cooperation of the SCO member states and observer states at the SCO in the sphere of countering international terrorism and extremism.
A positive assessment to activities of the Executive Committee of the RATS SCO over the past period has been given.
A number of officials of competent bodies of the SCO member states and officials of the SCO Executive Committee were awarded with the Council’s Diploma and the Memorable Badge of the RATS SCO for the personal contribution to the development of activities of the RATS SCO and strengthening interaction between the competent bodies of the SCO member states.
Decisions were taken on issues of organizational, personnel and financial support for activities of the Executive Committee of the RATS SCO.
An agreement was reached on holding a regular meeting of the RATS SCO Council in October 2018 in the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic.