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SCO representatives discuss security issues in Tashkent

25 October 2013

Delegations of intelligence and law enforcement agencies responsible for combating terrorism representing member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) discussed cooperation in combating the international terrorism and extremism, in Tashkent on Friday.

"Holding of the first such a conference on the issues of struggling against terrorism and extremism is not only a timely, but also an extremely important issue," Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) Zhang Sinfen said at the briefing.

According to him, during the meeting organized by SCO RATS, issues of strengthening cooperation between law enforcement agencies, as well as directions of joint efforts on countering the new threats to security in the regional scale were discussed.

In particular, the participants of the meeting discussed the prospects of development of the situation in Afghanistan taking into account the upcoming withdrawal of International Security Assistance Forces from this country in 2014.

During the conference, the representatives of SCO countries expressed readiness "to constructive cooperation in the issues of maintaining peace and stability in the whole world with international and regional organizations and states which respect goals, tasks and principles of SCO's activity.

They also expressed readiness to activate the practical implementation of provisions of Shanghai convention about the struggle against terrorism, separatism and extremism.

The SCO is an intergovernmental security organization that was founded in 2001. Its members are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status in the SCO. Belarus, Turkey and Sri-Lanka are dialogue partners.