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The joint communique following the results of emergency meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers of state members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

of September 5, 2003

On September 5, 2003 in Tashkent the emergency meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers of state members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SMID SCO) took place. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan K. K. Tokayev, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of People's Republic of China Li Chzhaosin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic A. Ch. Aitmatov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation I. S. Ivanov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan T. N. Nazarov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan S. S. Safayev took part in it.

The meeting of SMID took place under the chairmanship of the Uzbek side.

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Ministers stated that during the period which passed after the meeting of Chapters of state members of SCO on May 29, 2003 in Moscow, Council of national coordinators did considerable work on implementation of the agreements reached at the summit concerning completion of organizational stage of formation of SCO and the beginning of work of permanent bodies - the Secretariat of SCO in Beijing and Regional anti-terrorist structure (RATS) in Tashkent - no later than January 1, 2004.

Offers of Council of national coordinators for distribution between state members of quota vacancies in the Secretariat of SCO, structure and staff list of the RATS Executive committee are considered and accepted. The initiative of the Republic of Uzbekistan about carrying out at the end of October - the beginning of November of this year in Tashkent of the first meeting of Council of RATS is supported.

Gratitude is expressed to the Chinese and Uzbek sides for provision of necessary rooms for placement of permanent bodies of SCO respectively in Beijing and Tashkent. Ministers gave the assignment to national coordinators to stir up activities of the working groups created in Beijing and Tashkent from representatives of the interested Chinese and Uzbek ministries and departments and embassies of state members in China and Uzbekistan for the purpose of preparation and ensuring the fastest start of mechanisms of SCO.

Ministers gave the assignment to national coordinators to prepare the offers necessary for start of the Secretariat of SCO in Beijing and Executive committee of RATS in Tashkent, since November 1, 2003.

Are signed Protocols on modification of the Charter of SCO, the Shanghai convention on fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism and the Agreement on RATS, in connection with transfer of location of RATS from Bishkek to Tashkent.

Ministers consider that the solution of Chapters of state members of SCO on transfer of Executive committee of RATS from Bishkek to Tashkent will allow to optimize placement and interaction in Central Asia of anti-terrorist forces and will promote increase in efficiency of fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism.

Appreciation of role of the Kyrgyz Republic as initiator of creation of RATS and coordinator on development of the normative legal documents regulating its activities was given and also, gratitude is expressed to the Kyrgyz side for the constructive approach in the solution of question of transfer of Executive committee of RATS from Bishkek to Tashkent.

For the purpose of ensuring effective functioning of SCO, in particular two of its permanent bodies, ministers consider necessary to accelerate preparation of draft conventions on privileges and immunities of SCO, the Agreement between the Government of the People's Republic of China and SCO about conditions of stay of the Secretariat of SCO in the People's Republic of China and the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan and SCO about conditions of stay of the RATS SCO Executive committee in the Republic of Uzbekistan to finish work on them until the end of 2003.

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