15 years to the Regional Antiterrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
On March 15, Tashkent hosted an event dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (RATS SCO) foundation.
It was attended by representatives of competent authorities of the SCO member states, diplomatic corps, Executive Committee of the RATS SCO.
At the event, it was noted that activities of the structure in the fight against extremism, separatism, solution of existing problems in the region, development of cooperation with international organizations in this regard, strengthening security of SCO member states has an important significance.
The thirty-fourth meeting of the Council of the RATS SCO was also held on this day. It was attended by representatives of competent authorities of India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the RATS SCO Executive Committee.
At the meeting, which was chaired by Russia, the report of the Council of the RATS SCO to the Council of Heads of SCO member states on activities of the structure in 2018 was approved. The results of activities of competent authorities of the SCO member states and Executive Committee of the RATS SCO on implementation of the Cooperation Program of SCO member states in the fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism for 2016-2018 were discussed.
Information on implementation of decisions of the Council of the RATS SCO was considered at the event. The activity of the joint working group of experts of competent authorities of the SCO member states and representatives of the SCO Executive Committee on development of proposals for identification, prevention and suppression of using Internet for terrorist, separatist and extremist purposes for 2017-2018 was positively evaluated.
Decisions were made on holding a joint antiterrorist exercises of competent authorities of the SCO member states “Sary-Arka-Antiterror 2019”, the first stage of “Solidarity 2019-2021” joint border operation, seventh meeting of heads of border services of competent authorities of the SCO member states and a training workshop for specialists of competent authorities of the organization’s member states on detecting and preventing the use of Internet for terrorist, separatist and extremist purposes.
A positive assessment to the activities of the RATS SCO Executive Committee for the past period was given.
Representative of the People's Republic of China Li Wei and representative of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Tasnim Aslam, who have completed their activities in the Council of the RATS SCO, were awarded the title of “Honorary representative of the SCO member state in the RATS SCO Council” for personal contribution to development of the RATS SCO activity and strengthening cooperation between competent authorities of the SCO member states. A number of employees of competent authorities of the SCO member states and officials of the Executive Committee of the RATS SCO were awarded with diploma of the Council and the RATS SCO badge.
Decisions were made on organizational, personnel and financial support of activities of the RATS SCO Executive Committee.
An agreement was reached on holding a regular meeting of the RATS SCO Council in September 2019, in Russia.
The meeting of the Council was held in a business, constructive and friendly atmosphere.
Ulugbek Shonazarov, UzA