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Build SCO into effective platform: President Hu

(Xinhua)

15:22, June 07, 2012

Chinese President Hu Jintao presides over the large group meeting of the 12th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing, capital of China, June 7, 2012. President Hu delivered a key-note speech during the meeting. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

BEIJING, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday called for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to be built into an effective platform for increasing international exchange and influence.

Addressing the 12th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the SCO in Beijing, the president said the SCO member states have common interests and broad consensus on major international and regional affairs.

He added, "We should enhance consultations with international and regional organizations through the platform to safeguard peace, promote development and boost world multipolarization and democratization of international relations."

On major international and regional issues, Hu called on all the member states to strengthen coordination, harmonize their views and speak with a concerted voice based on facts and the SCO members' common interests to safeguard world peace and stability and make greater contribution to the common development of all nations.

The SCO was founded in Shanghai on June 15, 2001, and currently has six full members -- China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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