Qingdao SCO Summit calls for global front to fight terrorism; achieves new progress with India, Pakistan

11 June 2018, 08:30 AM
Qingdao SCO Summit calls for global front to fight terrorism (Photo Source: PTI)
Qingdao SCO Summit calls for global front to fight terrorism (Photo Source: PTI)

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), which called for the global front to fight terrorism, on Sunday made new achievements with India and Pakistan for the first time participated in the two-day long annual Summit as the full-fledged members of the eight-country association.

China and Russia-led security grouping resolved to fight terrorism, separatism and extremism with a renewed vigour in the next three years and called for unified global counterterrorism front under the coordination of the United Nations.

The grouping of eight countries including China, India and Russia, came out with a declaration at the end of its two- day annual summit here, with a resolve to deepen cooperation to contain terrorism, extremism and separatism.

In his address at the summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about challenges of terrorism and cited the example of its effects in Afghanistan.

"The Member States strongly condemn all forms of terrorism and consider it necessary to make efforts to promote the creation of a unified global counterterrorism front with the central coordinating role of the UN on the basis of international law, without politicisation or double standards," the Qingdao declaration said.

However, the declaration did not mention any terror group.

It said all the member countries were for reaching consensus for adopting the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism and emphasised the importance of comprehensive measures to reach a peaceful settlement of international and regional conflicts.

The SCO leaders also adopted a Joint Appeal to Youth, in which they appealed to youths not to get influenced by extremist ideologies.

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The declaration said the SCO will work to stop the spread of terrorist ideology and eliminate factors and conditions that facilitate terrorism and extremism, acknowledging that there can be no justification to any act of terrorism or extremism.

"The Member States note that the interference in the domestic affairs of other states under the pretence of combatting terrorism and extremism is unacceptable, as well as the use of terrorist, extremist and radical groups for one's own purposes," the declaration said.

The SCO also called for "effectively fulfilling" the requirements of specialised UN Security Council resolutions to counter any forms of financing of terrorism and providing material and technical support to it.

In relation to the developments in the Middle East, the SCO talked about growing threat from foreign terrorists who return to their countries or find shelter in third countries to continue their terrorist and extremist activity within the bloc.

"The Member States will work to improve the information exchange mechanisms regarding these people and their movements and speed up procedures to extradite foreign terrorists in accordance with the national legislation of the SCO Member States and boost international cooperation both on the political level and between the security services," it said.

In the summit, the leaders also talked about the special role of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure in the fight against "the three evils” terrorism, extremism and separatism in order to ensure regional security.

It said a cooperation programme among the member countries to fight terrorism, separatism and extremism will be prioritised in the next three years.

The SCO members also reaffirmed their concern about the risk of weapons of mass destruction ending up in the hands of terrorist groups.

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"The leaders advocate the strengthening of the international legal framework to counter this threat and support the initiative to draft an international convention against chemical and biological terrorist attacks at the Conference on Disarmament," the declaration said.

It said the member states will strengthen their cooperation in combating the spread and propagation of terrorist ideology through the internet, including publicly justifying terrorism.

The SCO countries also reaffirmed their commitment to improve the mechanism of cooperation within the bloc to combat illegal drug trafficking.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Sunday, June 10, 2018 09:24 PM
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