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UPDATED: 11:08, July 08, 2005
SCO sends strong signals for West to leave Central Asia
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International media commented on the Astana Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) by claiming that the SCO has now represented half of the humanity, this is the main achievement of the Astana Summit.

The Declaration points out that the SCO member countries have the ability and responsibility to safeguard the security of the Central Asian region, and calls on Western countries to leave Central Asia. That is the most noticeable signal given by the Summit to the world.

SCO issues a dazzling signal to the world
Russian newspaper News Times published on July 6 an article, saying that Shanghai Cooperation Organization has by now represented half of human population. This is the main result of the SCO conference concluded in Astana. This point was proudly touched upon by leaders of the summit sponsor countries, President Nulsultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao. The size of the SCO as claimed by the Russian newspaper has become a reality after Iran, Pakistan and India joined this organization in the capacity as observers.

The spectacular achievement of the Astana Summit is the regional and geo-political progress, an impetus given to which recently has always been in the hope of leaders of the SCO. This progress can be understood as an end to the dominant position of "the region's external forces", and this subtly hints at the West's military presence in Central Asia. To be frank, the SCO issues to the West a clear-cut signal: It is high time to decide on the fate of the military bases in Uzbekistan and Kirghizstan.

A Russian delegation member told this newspaper: We don't urge anybody. Russia is also a participant in the anti-terror alliance, the West had our agreement on the West's disposition of bases in the region, now that actions in Afghanistan have drawn to an end, the West should speak out how long a time is needed for a complete end to these bases. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: The task for the elimination and liquidation of the infiltration from Afghanistan into the region should be fulfilled by a collective security treaty organization and relevant agencies of the SCO.

A Russian news agency commented on July 6 that the SCO Summit sent out several dazzling signals, the most noticeable one being the question about the deadline as mentioned in the Summit Declaration concerning the West's military bases in Central Asia. The significance of this question is clearly defined. The six member states of the SCO deemed it possible and necessary to undertake the load of heavy responsibility for the concerned countries themselves to contain the real threats to the stability of this region. These threats include Afghan narcotic drugs, the rampant activities of religious extremism as well as the political turbulences provoked by these forces in the Central Asian countries.

What urges the member countries to actively implement their own security policies is not merely the political turbulences in Kirghizstan and Uzbekistan, but obviously, they are dissatisfied with the policies pursued by some Western agencies in this region. The West's attempt to expand their own influences has failed to enable the Central Asian countries to get united, but instead has caused division among them. This is a grave error committed by the West. This mistake has brought home to Central Asian political circles that they must count more on themselves and their neighbors, since neighboring countries have a better understanding about what this region needs.

The motto of this Summit is mentioned in the Declaration: "The people of each country have the right to choose their own road of development". These principles can be regarded as a real "color revolution" declaration, and it refers not merely to the Central Asian region. It should be pointed out that we can come across these principles in many international documents, including UN documents. The appeal issued by this Summit is: We should more self-confidently pass on our own viewpoints to the entire people of this region.

By People's Daily Online

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