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Tashkent Declaration of Chapters of state members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

of June 17, 2004

Chapters of state members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (further - SCO or the Organization) - the Republic of Kazakhstan, People's Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan, having gathered in Tashkent on meeting of Council of heads of states - members of SCO on June 17, 2004, declare the following.

I

Heads of states emphasized that success achieved SCO from the moment of its basis, and changes in world situation testify to compliance of organization and organization development to era trends, perspective and radical interests of the people of six states, and also about correctness established by the Organization of the principles.

Heads of states, having noted the successful solution of the tasks on completion of organizational formation of SCO set at the Moscow summit in May, 2003 were positive for the work which is carried out by Council of Foreign Ministers and Council of national coordinators.

Heads of states expressed satisfaction with timely start of permanent bodies of SCO - the Secretariat in Beijing and Executive committee of Regional anti-terrorist structure (RATS) in Tashkent and noted considerable efforts of the Chinese and Uzbek sides on creation of proper conditions for their full-blooded functioning.

In October, 2003 governing body РАТССовет began to work. In RATS the specific work plan is developed and number of necessary legal documents is accepted. Thus, necessary premises for effective functioning of RATS designed to give system and purposeful nature to interaction within SCO on implementation of the Shanghai convention on fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism are created.

Importance of uninterrupted ensuring work of funding mechanism for activities of SCO for high-quality and effective solution of the tasks facing it is noted.

For strengthening of SCO in general and developments of its economic component the long-term Program of multilateral trade and economic state cooperation approved by Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers) in Beijing in September, 2003 - members of SCO has basic value. The document not only fixed general understanding of reference points, purposes and tasks of business partnership of six countries on perspective till 2020, but also planned ways and methods of their realization.

Actively Council of Foreign Ministers works. The Protocol on cooperation and coordination of activities between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of six countries is designed to play important role in approval of line items of six countries on topical issues of the international life.

Heads of states support the initiative of the Republic of Uzbekistan about holding regular meetings of Secretaries of the Security Councils of state members of the Organization for the purpose of strengthening of cooperation of the relevant national authorities in counteraction to new threats and challenges.

Heads of states emphasize that in new conditions Council of national coordinators, relying on the Secretariat of SCO, shall concentrate attention not only on ensuring harmonious functioning of the Organization, but also on development of conceptual approaches to further development of SCO.

Already at stage of the formation of SCO, following the principle of openness, joined in the international communication as authoritative and his equal participant. Will follow this line of SCO and from now on. New major step in establishment and expansion of contacts of SCO with other international associations and the states, irrespective of their geographical location, are the Regulations on the status of the observer at SCO approved in Tashkent. Work on the documents regulating other forms of international cooperation of the Organization provided by the Charter of SCO will be continued.

II

With completion of the period of institutional construction of SCO entered stage of expansion of full-scale cooperation of state members within the Organization. Heads of states support the forward arranged advance in all directions determined in the Charter of SCO. At the same time interaction shall have both long-term reference points, and priorities to the near-term outlook. The purpose of interaction consists in joint determination of the interests combining six countries on the basis of respect of their originality and the sovereign rights.

The Agreement on cooperation signed in Tashkent in fight against drug trafficking, psychotropic substances and their precursors will be important for multilateral work within SCO on counteraction to transnational threats and challenges.

Heads of states consider that the course of accomplishment of this Agreement shall be in sight of the mechanism of meetings of Secretaries of the Security Councils which could also organize work on preparation of the complex program document on interaction within SCO in fight against new challenges and threats, including arms trafficking and ammunition, the explosive, poisoning, toxic and radioactive materials, nayemnichestvo.

Guarantee of stability and safety of the region of Central Asia and the adjacent states is their forward economic development, satisfaction of compelling vital needs of the population.

In this regard heads of states consider necessary that to the regular meeting of Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers) in Bishkek in the fall of 2004 approval of the Actions plan on implementation of the above-stated Program of multilateral trade and economic cooperation was complete and fully earned the created four groups of experts. It is important to provide such system steps which realization assumes exit to modern forms of trade and economic cooperation and increase in goods turnover between our countries, harmonization of regulatory framework, gradual creating favorable conditions for free movement of goods, the capitals, services and technologies.

In addition to already taken and planned measures for stimulation of integration processes within SCO, heads of states consider timely to start creation of Fund of development of SCO and Business council of SCO and charge to the Secretariat of SCO to provide in perhaps short terms preparation of the relevant documents on implementation of these projects.

In general, positively estimating development of cooperation in different areas for the period after the Moscow summit, heads of states pay attention to need of ensuring clearness and effectiveness of interaction through the ministries which are responsible for the foreign economic and foreign trade activity, transport, defense, culture, mitigation of consequences of emergency situations and also between other structures of state members of SCO. At the same time for increase in overall performance of institute of meetings of heads of the ministries and departments the fastest completion of development and adoption of precepts of law of interaction, and also timely accomplishment of the reached agreements is of particular importance.

In the agenda of development of cooperation within the Organization it is necessary to bring questions of environmental protection, rational and effective use of water resources. The relevant ministries and departments, and also scientific institutions could begin already in the current year joint operation for preparation of strategy of SCO in these areas.

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