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PRESS COMMUNIQUE OF THE SECOND CONFERENCE BETWEEN SCO MEMBER STATES AND OBSERVER STATES ON COOPERATION AGAINST INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM AND EXTREMISM
On November 18, 2014, the Second Conference between SCO Member States and Observer States on Cooperation against International Terrorism and Extremism was held in Tashkent of Uzbekistan. Mr. Zhang Xinfeng, Director of the Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO RATS) presided over the Conference. Representatives from SCO member states and observer states participated at the Conference.
The Conference took place in a friendly and constructive atmosphere. Parties exchanged views on the influences on SCO regional situation posed by international terrorism and extremism, and made assessments on the trends of future developments.
Parties noted that the rampancy of international terrorism in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and other areas together with the instable situation in Iraq and Syria should be regarded as the practical components threatening the stability of counter terrorism situation in regions of SCO. Especially, what is particularly worth mentioning is that after the nationals of SCO regions went to participate in anti-government armed conflicts in the Middle East, Syria and Afghanistan, their return to their original countries have posed serious threats to the security and stability of regions of SCO.
Parties exchanged views on information concerning the implementation of the results of the First Conference. They agreed that great achievements have been made with regard to the strengthening of partnership relationship. The competent departments of SCO member states and observer states should further strengthen active cooperation so as to maintain regional security and stability and jointly combat terrorism, separatism and extremism. Furthermore, parties also discussed the problems in cooperation and offered their solutions.
SCO member states and observer states maintained that the pivotal role of the UN in organizing worldwide campaigns against terrorism threats should be strengthened in order to implement the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy and fasten the pace for the early completion of negotiations on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.
Parties noted that it should be regarded as effective measures to carry out joint operations, collect and exchange information concerning terrorist organizations and members in coping with new threats and challenges.
Parties agreed that based on the draft protocols on counter terrorism cooperation adopted by the Council of SCO RATS, cooperation mechanism between SCO RATS and competent departments of SCO observer states should be established as early as possible.
Parties spoke highly of the organization and arrangements of the Conference and expressed appreciations to the Executive Committee of SCO RATS for its efforts made during the preparation and reception of the Conference.
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