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NEWS AND EVENTS
November 22, 2004
TASHKENT CONFERENCE DISCUSSES STABILITY IN CENTRAL ASIA
International conference on ?Prevention of regional conflicts and maintenance of stability in Central Asia and Afghanistan? opened in Tashkent on 22 November. Royal Institute of International Relations (Great Britain), University of World Economy and Diplomacy and the Centre of Political Studies (Tashkent) organized the conference.

?Central Asia, located between the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, China and Russia, was often in the heart of significant global developments,? Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Sadyk Safayev said speaking to conference participants.

?This strategically important region was continuously considered the object of policy of great powers to reinstate their dominance in the region. In the past decade, Central Asian countries have again found themselves in the middle of the most important events,? Safayev emphasized.

Experts of the US, Great Britain, Russia and a number of Central Asian countries, as well as representatives of NATO headquarters, SCO Regional Antiterrorism Structure and diplomatic missions accredited in Uzbekistan are participating in the two-day conference.

They will discuss bilateral and multilateral programs of assistance in the sphere of security. They will also look at the contribution of SCO and other regional organizations in promoting stability in the region, fighting drug trafficking, organized crime and terrorism.

Another subject to be discussed at the conference is development of the potential of Russian-American cooperation in preventing conflicts and supporting stability in the region, and cooperation of NATO, Russia and Central Asia in the framework of the NATO-Russia Council.


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