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Shanghai Cooperation Organization Holds the National Coordinators' Meeting in Beijing

2005/04/01

From March 30 to 31, 2005, the national coordinators of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) held their routine meeting at the SCO Secretariat in Beijing. The national coordinators of all the six member states, i.e. the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Executive Secretary of SCO attended the meeting.

In a friendly and constructive atmosphere the meeting made deliberations and consultations on the preparations for the Astana summit to be held at the beginning of July this year, the organization of SCO's current activities and a series of other issues. The meeting also discussed the foreign affairs of SCO, including the issues of implementing the UN General Assembly observer status and the establishment of cooperative relations between SCO and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Prior to the meeting, two expert panel meetings on the establishment of a businessmen's committee and a development fund of SCO were held. The participants reached wide common consensus on the principles for the establishment of the above mechanisms in the future.

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