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Interview: SCO becomes influential int'l group: Kyrgyz president

(Xinhua)

14:59, June 04, 2012

BISHKEK, June 4 (Xinhua) -- The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has become an important and influential international organization after more than 10 years of development, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has said.

"Today, we can confidently say the SCO is an important and influential international group committed to developing effective cooperative mechanisms to safeguard regional peace and stability, enhance economic and trade exchanges and boost humanistic cooperation," he said.

"We focus our efforts on jointly solving urgent regional and international issues," he said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua ahead of the SCO summit to be held in Beijing on June 6-7.

Atambayev said SCO's development in the past decade fully displayed its progressive nature.

"It is known that the SCO was initially planned as an organization to solve issues in border demarcation and build confidence in the military sphere," he said.

However, in light of developments in global politics and economy, the SCO constantly adjusted its activities in relation to modern challenges and threats, leading to new cooperative areas and missions, Atambayev said.

One of the most remarkable results of the SCO cooperative mechanism was that member countries were able to harmonize efforts in time to minimize the impact of the first wave of the global financial crisis, he said, adding continual development of economies such as China, Russia and Kazakhstan was strong proof.

Furthermore, "a considerable number of states and international organizations becoming increasingly interested in the SCO is also clear evidence of the growing prestige and influence of the organization," the president said.

Major events in the world in recent years and the new geopolitical situation made it necessary to intensify common efforts in multilateral diplomacy, particularly in international and regional security, he said.

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