Shanghai Cooperation Group Initiates Counter-terrorism Initiative

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Friday, March 1, 2002
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
18
Issue: 
3
115
Abstract: 
On January 7, 2002, after a daylong meeting in Beijang, foreign ministers from six countries in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) agreed on counter-terrorism enforcement cooperation initiatives. In a joint states the foreign ministers from the Peoples Republic of China, Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, made a joint statement pledging their governments would continue to cooperate against “terrorism, separatism and extremism” to promote regional stability. The statesment of the six members of the SCO observed that terrorism and drugs from Afghanistan have long threatened them and they “ have actively participated in the international alliance against terrorism and have adopted measures to further strengthen the group’s anti-terrorism work. The statement advocated an effective struggle against terrorist threats at every level. The statement also warned against outside interference in Afghanistan. The P.R.C. is the moving force behind the SCO. It has reminded its partners that it committed itself to combating terrorism in the region well before the September 11, 2001 terrorism attacks in the U.S.