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DECISION SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION COUNCIL OF HEADS OF STATES

of June 17, 2004 No. 9

About Regulations on the status of the observer at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Council of Chapters of state members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization solved:

Approve Regulations on the status of the observer at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

 

Approved by the Decision of Council of Chapters of state members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization of June 17, 2004 No. 9

Regulations on the status of the observer at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

This Regulations on the status of the observer at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (further - SCO or the Organization) according to Article 14 of the Charter of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization signed on June 7, 2002 (further - the Charter), determine procedure for provision of the status of the observer at SCO to the interested state or the intergovernmental international organization (forum) (further respectively - the state or the organization).

1. The state or the organization, persons interested to receive the status of the observer at SCO (further - the status of the observer) on the basis of respect of sovereignty, territorial integrity and equality of state members, recognitions of main objectives, the principles and actions of the Organization, direct through the Executive secretary of SCO to Council of heads of states - members of SCO (further - SGG) the appeals signed respectively by the head of state or the head of the organization.

2. The executive secretary of SCO notifies Council of national coordinators of state members of SCO (further - SNK) on receipt of the address from the state or organization with request for provision of the status of the observer. In case of need the Executive secretary of SCO has the right to request from them additional data. SNK submits the matter with relevant proposals for consideration of Council of Foreign Ministers of state members of SCO (further - SMID).

3. By consideration of the address about provision of the status of the observer official representatives of the relevant state or organization can be invited to meeting of SMID.

4. The decision on provision (cancellation) of the status of the observer is made by SGG on representation of SMID.

5. The solution of SGG on provision of the status of the observer goes to week time the Executive secretary of SCO to the relevant state or the organization which within a month in writing notify the Executive secretary of SCO on receipt of this decision.

6. The state or the organization which received the status of the observer can be invited to open sessions of SGG and/or Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers) of state members of SCO.

7. The state or the organization which received the status of the observer have the right:

1) to be present at open sessions of SMID and Meetings of heads of the ministries and/or departments of state members of SCO;

2) to participate without voting power and from prior consent of the chairman in discussion of the questions entering competence of bodies of SCO, to distribute through the Executive secretary of SCO written applications in working languages of SCO on the questions interesting them entering competence of SCO;

3) to get access to documents and decisions of the bodies of SCO mentioned in Article 4 of the Charter if relevant organs of SCO do not introduce restriction for their distribution.

8. The status of the observer does not grant the right to participate in preparation and signing of documents of the Organization. Observers also do not participate in development of decisions of bodies of SCO and do not bear responsibility for such decisions.

9. The state or the organization which received the status of the observer informs the Secretariat of SCO on the intention to participate, act and/or distribute written applications at meetings of bodies of SCO, not later than 10 working days prior to the meeting. Level of representation of observers shall correspond to the level of representatives of state members of SCO.

The executive secretary of SCO informs previously participants of meetings on presence of observers on them.

The observers participating in meetings, as a rule, are located at separate table on which the plate with the name of the relevant state or organization is established.

10. Observers in case of need and in coordination with the Secretariat of SCO independently provide transfer of documents and performances from workers and on working languages of SCO.

11. Observers independently incur all expenses on participation in meetings of bodies of SCO.

12. In case of making by the state or organization, received the status of the observer, the actions or applications directed against the Organization, decisions of bodies of SCO or the principles underlain in the Charter, such state or the organization can be deprived of the status of the observer according to the procedure, established in item 4 of this provision.

The made decision goes to week time the Executive secretary of SCO to the relevant state or the organization.

13. The state or the organization, intended to refuse the received status of the observer, send adequate notices to the Executive secretary of SCO who through SNK informs on it SMID and SGG. The status of the observer is considered invalid from the date of which the mentioned notification is dated if it does not contain other wish.

14. In case of change by the provided Charter of form of bonds (legal relationship) of SCO with the states or organizations, their status of the observer automatically voids.

15. Diplomatic representations of the states having the status of the observer and also representative offices of the international organizations having the similar status, accredited in People's Republic of China can support permanent contacts with the Secretariat of SCO on the questions connected with the status of the observer.

16. According to the solution of SGG changes and/or additions can be made to this Provision. Relevant decisions are drawn up by protocols and become effective from the date of their signing.

17. This Provision becomes effective from the date of its approval of SGG.

 

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