About the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
22 May 2010 in Tashkent was called a regular meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) - Russia and China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
The meeting will also participate SCO Secretary-General MS Imanaliev and Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorism Center Mr. D. Dzhumanbekov.
The Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of SCO member states will be chaired by the Uzbek side.
During the preparation for the forthcoming meeting of the Council of Heads of SCO Member States (Tashkent, 10-11 June 2010.) the ministers will consider by a number of priorities for further expansion of cooperation within the Organization. The participants will discuss draft documents and decisions to be made at the summit.
The meeting will also exchange views on important regional and global issues, the main trends of the world situation, as well as on strengthening stability and security in Central Asia, further strengthening the status of the SCO as an influential international structure, increasing its contacts with other multilateral groupings. There is no doubt that the stability and security in the region will contribute to further deepening of regional economic cooperation, creating favorable conditions for trade and investment, strengthening of practical cooperation in trade, finance, transportation, etc.
Given the fact that the strengthening of stability in Central Asia remains the top priority of SCO member states in security, one of the most important issues to be discussed at a forthcoming meeting of Foreign Ministers, relate to the situation in Afghanistan, a joint anti-terrorism, separatism and extremism, illegal drug trafficking and transnational organized crime. Everyone knows that security and stability in Central Asia without the permission of the problems with Afghanistan, is impossible. Uzbekistan has repeatedly said that the Afghan problem by military means is not possible and necessary to conduct the negotiations under UN auspices with the participation of the Afghans for the establishment of Afghanistan as a peaceful and stable country.
It should be noted that, over time, after the Council meeting of Heads of SCO Member States on 15-16 June 2009 in Yekaterinburg, during the Presidency of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the SCO held a lot of work to further strengthen the Organization's expansion in its framework for practical cooperation in political, economic and humanitarian, development of external contacts. The activities of the SCO really contributes to solving social and economic problems, security and stability in the region.
An important event was launched by Uzbekistan the signing of the Joint Declaration on cooperation between the SCO Secretariat and the UN (April 5, 2010., Tashkent), in which defined the main principles and directions of cooperation between the two organizations, as defined in resolution A/64/183 of the General Assembly of December 18, 2009.
Of great importance for the future of the SCO has a draft Regulation on the admission of new members of the Organization. Adoption of this document will begin the process of forming a mechanism to enhance the Organization.
During the meeting, Foreign Ministers of SCO member states will discuss other issues of mutual interest