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BEIJING, April 28. /TASS/. Participants in the 5th meeting of foreign ministers of member states of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) have adopted final declaration, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a joint press conference on Thursday.
"As a results of the meeting, foreign ministers of CICA member states adopted a declaration. The ministers confirmed adherence of their countries to ensuring peace, stability and security in the region, as well as adherence to norms, principles and goals of UN," Wang said.
"Representatives of member countries have expressed readiness to strive for comprehensive and stable security, as well as for creating safe environment in the interests of all sides on the basis of good-neighborly relations," he added. He noted that the foreign ministers agreed "to strengthen CICA’s role in developing and implementing confidence-building measures in military-political, economic, humanitarian and ecological spheres."
According to the chinese diplomat, CICA member states have endorsed the documents on cooperation in developing small and medium entrepreneurship and the fight against drug trafficking for 2016-2018.
"The Action Plan on cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking for 2016-2018 and the Action Plan on the implementation of confidence-building measures in the development of small and medium entrepreneurship for 2016-2018 have been approved following our meeting," he said.
CICA is an inter-governmental forum for resolving key regional problems and developing cooperation between member states. The idea of convening the CICA was first proposed by Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev in October 1992 at the 47th session of UN General Assembly.
CICA member states are Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. Belarus, Indonesia, Malaysia, Ukraine, the United States, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Japan, as well as the UN, the Arab League, OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) and the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-Speaking Countries have observer status.