The SCO provides for a single list of terrorist, separatist and extremist groups banned from the territories of member states
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) plans to prepare a single list of terrorist, separatist and extremist groups whose activities are prohibited in the territories of member states, with the aim of countering the threat they pose to the region. .
In a joint statement issued after the eight-member bloc’s annual summit in the historic Uzbek city of Samarkand, leaders of SCO member states expressed deep concern over the security threat posed by terrorism, the separatism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations and strongly condemned terrorist acts around the world.
“Member States, while reaffirming their firm commitment to combat terrorism, separatism and extremism, resolve to continue to take active measures to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, cut off the channels of terrorist financing , suppress terrorist recruitment and cross-border movements, combat extremism, youth radicalization, the spread of terrorist ideology, and eliminate sleeper cells and places used as safe havens for terrorists,” he said. declared.
“In accordance with their national legislation and on the basis of consensus, Member States will endeavor to develop common principles and approaches to form a unified list of terrorist, separatist and extremist organizations whose activities are prohibited on territories of SCO member states,” reads the Samarkand declaration signed by the leaders of the member states on Friday.
Briefing reporters later, Indian Foreign Minister Vinay Kwatra said each of the SCO member states very clearly recognized the threat this challenge poses to the region and beyond.
To counter the threat of chemical and biological terrorism, SCO members called for compliance with the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons. “They stress the importance of the rapid destruction of all declared stockpiles of chemical weapons,” the statement read.
On the issue of Afghanistan, Member States called for the creation of an inclusive government in this war-torn country, now ruled by the Taliban.
“Member States consider it extremely important to establish an inclusive government in Afghanistan with the participation of representatives of all ethnic, religious and political groups in Afghan society,” the statement read.
The group also advocated the formation of Afghanistan as an independent, neutral, united, democratic and peaceful state, free from terrorism, war and drugs.
Regarding Iran, the statement said that SCO member states regard as important the continued implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program and calls on all participants to rigorously implement their commitments for the full and effective implementation of the document.
He said the impacts of global climate change and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic pose additional challenges to economic growth, social well-being and food security, as well as the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“To this end, new approaches are needed to promote more equitable and effective international cooperation and sustainable economic development,” he added.
Member States reaffirmed their commitment to a more representative, democratic, just and multipolar world order based on the universally recognized principles of international law, multilateralism, equal, common, indivisible, comprehensive and sustainable security.
The SCO called for the creation of a transparent international energy market and the reduction of existing trade barriers.
The SCO called for the effectiveness of the World Trade Organization (WTO) as a key forum to discuss the international trade agenda and adopt the rules of the multilateral trading system. They stressed the need for early and inclusive reform of the organization, focusing on its development and adaptation to modern economic realities, as well as the effective implementation of monitoring, negotiation and dispute resolution functions, did he declare.
The SCO, seen as a counterweight to NATO, is an eight-member economic and security bloc and has become one of the largest cross-regional international organizations.
India and Pakistan became its permanent members in 2017.
The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
India has shown keen interest in deepening its security cooperation with the SCO and its Regional Counter-Terrorism Structure (RATS), which specifically deals with issues related to security and defence. PTI ZH AKJ ZH ZH
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