"The leaders of the SCO member states welcome the 12 August signing in Moscow of the six principles for settling the South Ossetian conflict", the Declaration says. Speaking at the summit in the Tajik capital Dushanbe on Thursday, the Russian leader stressed that the SCO was set up in a bid to first of all coordinate efforts on boosting regional security.
This tremendous task still remains topical in modern-day world, President Medvedev points out, adding that it should only be implemented on the basis of adherence to international law norms and renunciation of the confrontation thinking.
The SCO has never assumed a mission of becoming a counterbalance to NATO, Dmitry Medvedev says. Unlike NATO, internationally known to be a military alliance, he adds, the SCO mainly focuses on promoting not only security but a wide range of other outstanding issues as well. The SCO steadily increases its regional clout by hammering out both effective recommendations and real decisions, the Russian president indicates.
The SCO has evolved into a serious regional organization attractive to many countries that now want to join in, Medvedev said.
The SCO leaders expressed satisfaction with their growing interaction in the war on terror separatism and extremism. They still want to raise their security cooperation to a qualitatively new level using for this purpose their own regional antiterrorism agency. The SCO leaders underscored the importance of discussing more efficient and rational use of the region's water and energy resources, agreeing a common approach to tacking the negative impact of global warming and develop nature-friendly methods of power generation. They also mentioned Central Asia's consistently growing geopolitical and economic role and said that the SCO's further development would help strengthen strategic stability, peace and security.
The declaration approved by the Dushanbe summit points up the serious threat posed by continuing instability, including in Afghanistan, the ever-growing drug traffic and trans-border organized crime. The summit endorsed a Russian proposal to hold a conference on Afghain8istan under the SCO aegis. The SCO leaders also said the creation of a nuclear-free zone in central Asia was a major shortcut to solidifying the nuclear nonproliferation regime.
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