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06-11-2010 19:09 BJT Special Report: Hu Attends SCO Summit, Visits 2 Nations |

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Member countries and observer states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization have opened their annual summit in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.

The summit is being attended by heads of state from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and the interim leader of Kyrgyzstan. Leaders and delegates from SCO observer nations including Mongolia, India, Pakistan and Iran will also attend the meeting.

President Hu Jintao delivered a speech at the opening of the summit. He unveiled a six-point proposal on strengthening cooperation within the framework of the SCO.

It included deepening mutual trust, stepping up counter-terrorism efforts, improving the SCO institutional building and decision-making mechanism, as well as promoting its transparency and inclusiveness.

President Hu Jintao said member states should work to facilitate customs clearance, quality inspection and transportation. Innovating new cooperation models and studying ways to establish an SCO regional e-commerce platform should also be taken into consideration.

At the summit, the leaders and participants exchanged views on the world and regional situation. They also discussed ways to expand inter-member economic cooperation and set up an SCO admission mechanism.

Participants of the SCO summit approved a series of documents, including the Tashkent Declaration, the SCO Rules of Procedure, and the regulation on procedure for future membership expansion.

The Tashkent Declaration aims to further enhance cooperation in combating terrorism, separatism and extremism, drug trafficking and organized transnational crime.

In the declaration, SCO members reiterated that the situation in Kyrgyzstan bears great influence to regional stability. Leaders from the other five SCO member states pledged to provide essential support and assistance to Kyrgyzstan.

The member states also vowed to work jointly to continue minimizing the impact of the financial crisis and pushing forward economic development.


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