President Receives SCO Participating States’ Security Council Heads

posted 19 Jan 2012, 05:54 by Ambasciata Uzbekistan

On April 23 this year at the Oksaroy Residence in Tashkent the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received the Shanghai Cooperation Organization participating states’ security council secretaries, as well as the SCO Secretary-General M.Imanaliev and Director of the Tashkent-based Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) D.Jumanbekov.

President said he was confident of the high level of interaction achieved in such areas of the SCO activity as elaboration and implementation of the policy measures in terms of ensuring regional security on the multilateral basis, in the joint coordination of which the role of security councils of this respected international organization’s participating states is very important, according to such report by the Uzbekistan National News Agency.

Speaking of the increasing authority and significance of the SCO efforts in the current terms, President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov has underscored its growing role in addressing the problems of regional and global security, counteracting the international terrorism, separatism and extremism – labeled as the “three evils”, drug trafficking and other threats and challenges in the strategically important region of Central Asia.

In 2004 Uzbekistan initiated the notion of holding the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization participating states’ security council secretaries. Such idea has then turned into an important mechanism of elaboration of concerted measures and efforts in terms of providing for peace and stability in the regional context.

The April 23-meeting at the Oksaroy came on the eve of the SCO forthcoming summit in Tashkent due on June 10-11 this year. Reasoned by this fact, the partakers of the Oksaroy meeting considered the prospects of raising the effectiveness of mechanisms of decisionmaking by various structures of the Organization.

They have noted a remarkable significance of the constructive exchange of views in terms of improving interaction of the Organization’s participating states on many outstanding directions of regional development, especially, in the context of cooperation with corresponding counter-terrorism bodies of the United Nations on the basis of the Joint Declaration signed on April 5 this year in Tashkent between the SCO and UN Secretariats.

During the Oksaroy meeting in Tashkent the guests have sincerely thanked the Uzbek Leader for a warm welcome. At the same time, they underscored a special significance of the efforts being taken on the part of Uzbek leadership on making the SCO more active in many spheres of regional cooperation during its chairmanship in the Organization for this year.