Tashkent Hosts the Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member-States
on the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs
of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member-States
Agency "Jahon" - On
May 22, 2010 Tashkent hosted a meeting of the Council of Foreign
Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Member-States.
It was attended by the Secretary of State - Minister of Foreign
Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan K. B. Saudabayev, Minister of
Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China Yang Jiechi, Deputy
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic - SCO National
Coordinator of the Kyrgyz Republic T.K. Makeev, Minister of Foreign
Affairs of the Russian Federation S.V. Lavrov, Minister of Foreign
Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Kh. Zarifi and Minister of Foreign
Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan V. Norov.
The meeting was also attended by the SCO Secretary-General
M.S.Imanaliev and Director of the Executive Committee of the Regional
Anti-terrorist Structure (RATS) SCO D.M.Djumanbekov.
The heads of delegations were received by the President of the
Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.
The meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of SCO
Member-States was chaired by the Uzbek side.
In preparation for the meeting of the Council of Heads of the SCO
Member-States due in Tashkent on June 10-11, 2010, the parties
considered a number of priorities in terms of further expanding
cooperation in the framework of the Organization.
The sides had an exchange of views on important regional and global
issues, the main trends of the world situation development, as well as
on strengthening stability and security in Central Asia, further
strengthening the status of the SCO as an influential international
structure, expanding its contacts with other multilateral organizations.
The heads of delegations expressed their solidarity with the people
of Kyrgyzstan in the current difficult situation. The security and
stability in the SCO space is inseparably linked with security and
stability in each of the Member-States, including in the Kyrgyz
Republic. The SCO Member-States, while standing committed to
independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kyrgyz
Republic, are ready to render it necessary support and assistance.
The heads of delegations stated that for over the period since the
meeting of the Council of Heads of the SCO Member-States on June 15-16,
2009 in Yekaterinburg, it was carried out a significant work to further
strengthen the Organization, expand in its framework the practical
interaction in political, economic and humanitarian spheres, as well as
extend external contacts. The activity of the SCO truly contributes to
addressing social and economic problems, ensuring security and stability
in the region.
The ministers emphasized that strengthening of stability in Central
Asia remains to be the first and foremost task of the SCO Member-States
in the sphere of security. They confirmed the intention to expand
cooperation in such spheres as jointly counteracting terrorism,
separatism and extremism, illicit drug trafficking and transnational
The participants of the meeting expressed serious concern over the
complex situation in Afghanistan, from the territory of which it
continues to emanate the threat of terrorism, drug trafficking and
transnational organized crime. It was stressed that it was impossible to
secure stability in Central Asia without resolving problems related to
The Member-States reaffirm the leading role of the UN in
coordinating efforts of the international community in addressing the
situation in Afghanistan. They believe that the Afghan problem cannot be
resolved exceptionally by military means and advocate promotion of the
negotiating process under UN auspices with participation of the Afghans
themselves in the interests of building Afghanistan as a peaceful and
It was noted that further deepening of regional economic cooperation
and creation of favorable conditions for trade and investments,
consolidation of practical interaction in the spheres of trade, finance,
energy, transport, communications, agriculture, science and technology
would promote ensuring stability and security in the region.
The approval by ministers of the draft Regulations on admission of
new members to the Organization served as confirmation of openness of
the Organization to other states in the region that undertake to observe
the goals and principles of the SCO Charter and provisions of other
international treaties and instruments adopted in the framework of SCO.
Approval of this document during the meeting of the Council of Heads of
the SCO Member-States in Tashkent will trigger the process of forming a
mechanism to expand the Organization.
The heads of delegations welcomed the signing of the Joint
Declaration on cooperation between the Secretariats of the SCO and the
United Nations (April 5, 2010, Tashkent) initiated by the Republic of
Uzbekistan, which set the basic principles and directions of cooperation
between the two Organizations as they have been defined in the
Resolution A/64/183 of the UN General Assembly of December 18, 2009.
The SCO permanent bodies are recommended to intensify cooperation
with the UN, ASEAN and other international organizations and
institutions on ensuring security and stability, economic, social and
The ministers believed that the Procedure rules of the Organization,
which will be approved at the forthcoming SCO Summit in Tashkent, would
contribute to further dynamic development and strengthening of the
Organization, improvement of legal framework of the SCO permanent bodies
and the effectiveness of decisionmaking.
The parties reaffirmed the need to fuller realize the cooperation
potential in various areas in the framework of the Organization with the
SCO observer- states and dialogue partners.
The SCO Secretary-General M.S.Imanaliev presented Report on the work
of the Organization's Secretariat for over the past year, which was
approved by the heads of delegations.
The meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the
SCO member-states passed in the traditional spirit of friendship and