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CICA members vow common, comprehensive, cooperative security


05-22-2014 14:31 BJT

Full coverage: 4th CICA Summit in Shanghai

Asian countries have promised to seek a new structure for security cooperation. That’s the consensus reached at the fourth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, or CICA, in Shanghai.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C), Kazakhstan

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C), Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev (L) and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attend the closing press conference of the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), in Shanghai, east China, May 21, 2014. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

The Shanghai summit drew dignitaries from 47 countries or international organizations. Qatar and Bangladesh upgraded from observer to member status.

In a joint declaration, the members agreed that security has become an all-encompassing concept, calling for common, comprehensive, cooperative security in Asia.

Chinese President Xi Jinping hailed the achievements of the summit, and wrapped up with a call for action.

"To effectively address security challenges, Asian countries must discard the old security conception, and embark on an Asian security road which is jointly built and shared for win-win results. Based on existing consensus, Asian countries have to actively advocate a commonly-accepted, comprehensive, cooperative, and sustainable Asian security concept and build an open, equal, and transparent security cooperation pattern," Xi said.

Earlier, the man who proposed the formation of CICA, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, thanked Turkey for the time it chaired the summit. He said he hoped CICA could expand its membership by including countries that supported peace, stability and security in the region. He noted that an Memorandum of Understanding was signed between CICA and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said it is time for CICA to establish a new zone to forward peace, stability, and solidarity in the region. He added that his country would contribute diplomatic and intellectual resources to support China’s chairmanship.

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