NEWS AND EVENTS
June 15, 2011
President arrives in Astana
On 14 June, President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov arrived in the Kazakh capital of Astana to attend the session of the Council of Heads of States of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
This summit is an anniversary in the history of SCO, one of whose founders, along with Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan, in 15 June 2001 was Uzbekistan.
The past decade has been an important step in establishing a new international structure, which has become in a relatively short time, an influential factor in modern geopolitics. However, as noted in one of the past summits, the head of Uzbekistan noted, “SCO, as an equal union of states with common borders, close historical, cultural, traditional political, economic and humanitarian ties, demonstrates that its activities are not directed against the interests of other countries and has no block-confrontational character.”
Within 10 years, SCO has created a serious legal basis for the practical implementation of joint projects in the confrontation with modern challenges and threats, sustainable economic development of member states as well as the whole region and expanded cooperation in the socio-cultural sphere.
Uzbekistan approaches its participation in SCO with responsibility. This is evidenced by the presidency of our country in 2004 and 2010, when at the initiative of Uzbekistan key documents for the organization, including the decision on approving the Regulations on the admission of new members of SCO, Decision on approval of the Rules of Procedure of the SCO, have been developed and adopted. Also, during the presidency of Uzbekistan the Joint Declaration on Cooperation between the UN Secretariat and the SCO was signed.
Within the program of the summit’s first day, the leaders of member states, the heads of the observers, and other members attended the anniversary concert at the Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall.
Also, several other events devoted to the 10th anniversary of the SCO were held.
The summit of SCO will continue its work on 15 June.
UzA News Agency