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SCO maps out strategy up to 2025

September 13, 2013, 3:34 UTC+3
The SCO heads of state will get a draft action plan to implement the main provisions of the Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation in 2013-2017
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BEIJING, September 13 (Itar-Tass) - The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has worked out plans up to 2017 and is starting to draft a strategy up to 2025, SCO Secretary-General Dmitry Mezentsev told ITAR-TASS on Thursday, September 12.

At the upcoming summit in Bishkek, the SCO heads of state will get a draft action plan to implement the main provisions of the Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation in 2013-2017. “This is a very comprehensive document. The treaty has passed national procedures in each of the SCO member states, it has been ratified by the national parliaments and it has acquired the status of law,” Mezentsev said.

“The treaty signed by the presidents in 2007 predetermines dynamic and far-reaching future development of the Organisation. The signing of the Guidelines for SCO Mid-Term Development Strategy at the summit in Beijing in 2012 is an example of that. Experts are already beginning to draft the Organisation’s strategy up to 2025,” Mezentsev said.

He will present a SCO performance report at the Bishkek summit. “This year we are celebrating the 12th anniversary of the SCO. This is a very short period in historical terms, but the Organisation has already gained international reputation. It has adopted regulatory documents that govern cooperation with the United Nations and its divisions such as the United Nations Development Programme and the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. We are planning to expand cooperation with the ASEAN, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Economic Cooperation Organisation, the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, and the Eurasian Economic Community. The SCO is showing interest in establishing dialogue with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe primarily on issues of regional security and possible information and cultural cooperation,” Mezentsev said.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is an intergovernmental international organisation founded in Shanghai on June 15, 2001 by six countries: China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Its member states cover an area of over 30 million square kilometres, or about three-fifths of Eurasia, with a population of 1.455 billion, about a quarter of the world's total. Its working languages are Chinese and Russian.

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