PRESIDENCY OF UZBEKISTAN IN SCO
March 22, 2016
SCO: MUTUAL RELATIONS BASED ON TRUST
In July last year, Uzbekistan assumed chairmanship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan at the United Nations Muzaffar Madrakhimov in his message to the UN Secretary-General informed him about the activities of this organization during the past period.
The UN Security Council regularly discusses the activity of the SCO within the framework of cooperation issues with regional organizations. Recently the UN Secretary General Ban Gee Moon received the message sent by the Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan, which states that the SCO member-states had done “a substantive job on consolidation of mutual relations based on trust and good-neighborliness”. According to the Permanent Representative two permanently functioning bodies of SCO – Secretariat with the headquarters in Beijing and the Regional anti-terrorist agency with its headquarters in Tashkent – have been working efficiently. Elaboration of measures to enhance joint counteraction to terrorism, extremism and separatism, drug trafficking and arms smuggling, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as well as prevention of threats to international and regional security are among the regional organization’s major objectives. “The SCO attaches priority significance to supporting and development of regional economic cooperation, financing of joint projects, activation of direct contacts among business people and financial establishments,” the message says.
Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan are members of the SCO. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia and Belarus take part in the SCO activities as observers, while Turkey, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia and Nepal have the status of partners in the dialogue. After the last year’s Ufa summit India and Pakistan commenced the process of joining the SCO.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)