Between 1-2 November 2017, Tashkent hosted the fifth scientific and practical conference of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation titled "Fighting Terrorism: Cooperation without Borders."
SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov sent a message of greetings to those taking part in the conference, noting the importance of the establishment of cooperation in the area of combating terrorism, separatism as well as extremism in the SCO region and making such cooperation more effective.
"In June 2017, the heads of SCO member-states passed the Astana Declaration in the capital of Kazakhstan. They formulated consolidated assessments of the state of international security in the context of regional and global developments and charted topical aspects of further streamlining intra-SCO cooperation in the area of combating modern challenges and threats. The signing of the Convention on Countering Extremism by the SCO leaders became an important event. The Convention aims to strengthen the security of all SCO member-states, to ensure more effective cooperation between their law enforcement agencies as well as to streamline legislation in this field," Mr Alimov's message reads in part.
The SCO Secretary General praised the efforts of the RATS Executive Committee in organising the high-level event. "The purposeful efforts made by the top RATS managers are making this venue increasingly more popular year by year, the range of topics under discussion and dealing with efforts to combat terrorism, separatism and extremism is being updated," Mr Alimov noted.
Those taking part in the conference discussed topical matters of combating modern challenges and threats being posed by international terrorist organisations and exchanged experience in the area of combating terrorism and extremism. They expressed consensus that international terrorism and extremism continued to pose a serious threat to peace and security in all their forms and manifestations.
Conference participants also underscored the fact that efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, as well as international counter-terrorist cooperation, should be implemented in conditions of the UN's central coordinating role, on the basis of unfailingly honouring the UN Charter and norms of international law as well as on the basis of the unacceptability of double standards.
A delegation of the SCO Secretariat headed by Deputy SCO Secretary General Sabyr Imandosov took part in the work of the conference. Representatives of law enforcement agencies of SCO member-states and SCO observer states, specialised agencies of international organisations, including the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee, specialised resolution-passing committees of the UN Security Council, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), etc., also attended the event.
The scientific and practical conference of the SCO's Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) is an international cooperation venue on Eurasian space that also encompasses SCO member-countries. Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, has been hosting this annual conference since 2013.