Interview: SCO to continue developing in next decade: Russian expert

08:51, June 17, 2011      

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has been steadily promoted since its establishment in 2001, and there are still rooms for its further development in coming years, a Russian political expert told Xinhua here on Thursday.

Yuri Tavrovski highly valued the SCO's 10th anniversary summit that wrapped up on Wednesday in the Kazakh capital of Astana, saying the summit demonstrated the progress of the bloc.

"Five years ago, the SCO has not yet paid its attention to organized crime or illicit drug trade, but the Astana summit stressed the joint efforts on fight with 'the three evil forces' of terrorism, separatism and extremism as well as other menaces such as narcotics and multinational organized crime," Tavrovski said.

"The group has played an important role in Asia's stability and even the development of the whole world, because it has created a new model of cooperation," Tavrovski said.

He added that the Astana summit not only summed up its achievements in the last 10 years, but also outlined its future direction in the next decade.

"The summit concluded with leaders' consensus on several hot regional and international issues, which demonstrated the vitality of the bloc," Tavrovski said.

"The SCO had offered a good platform for dialogue between relevant parties to bridge differences, seek common ground and push forward the parties to realize mutual benefits," he added.

The expert also said the SCO has showed its growing appeal to the world.

"Some countries are eager to become the bloc's members, observers, or dialogue partners," he added.

Pakistan, India and Iran have applied for full membership of the regional group and Afghanistan wants to join as an observer.

The SCO, founded in Shanghai on June 15, 2001, groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Currently, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan are SCO observer states while Sri Lanka and Belarus are dialogue partners.

On June 11, 2010, participants at the Tashkent summit approved a series of documents, including the SCO Rules of Procedure, and the procedure for future membership expansion.

Source: Xinhua
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