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UPDATED: 08:27, June 08, 2006
Kyrgyzstan hopes SCO can play bigger role in combating terror
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Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev hopes the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) can play a bigger role in combating international terrorism which still threatens the Central Asia region.

In a recent interview with major Chinese media, Bakiyev said terrorists wanted to destroy the peace and stability of Central Asian countries, so the SCO member nations should be fully prepared for any attacks.

The six members should carry out all kinds of measures to crack down on international terrorist activities and strengthen cooperation between border control and security sectors, and most importantly, work out a mechanism of cooperation.

When asked about how Kyrgyzstan will cooperate with China in fighting the so-called "three evil forces" -- terrorism, extremism and separatism, Bakiyev said the two countries had signed a series of documents in this field and set up a relevant mechanism of cooperation.

The SCO member states all hope that the Tashkent-based SCO regional anti-terror center will play a more active role in the crackdown on the three forces and drugs trafficking.

Queried about his prospect for his upcoming visit to China, Bakiyev said Kyrgyz-Sino relations were on solid ground and had a bright outlook.

Kyrgyzstan highly evaluates China's role in world affairs and is willing to learn and draw from China's successful experience in its economic and social development.

He said he expected to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao with whom he would discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation and world hotspot issues of common concern.

He hoped the visit would become a milestone in bilateral ties.

The SCO, founded in Shanghai on June 15, 2001, with a view to promoting regional security and fighting terrorism, groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The SCO has accepted Mongolia, Iran, Pakistan and India as observers.

Source: Xinhua

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