QINGDAO: The Council of the Heads of States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Sunday declared that no country can interfere in internal affairs of other nations in the name of countering terrorism and extremism.
“It is forbidden to interfere in other nations’ internal affairs in the name of countering terrorism and extremism,” a joint declaration issued at the end of the 18th Meeting of the Council of Heads of SCO member states read. The member states proposed that a comprehensive United Nations treaty on fighting international terrorism should be passed by reaching a consensus based on UN documents such as the Charter of the United Nations. They recognized the special role of the SCO regional counter-terrorist agencies in jointly combating the three evil forces of terrorism, separatism and extremism, and safeguarding the regional security.
It is very important to develop a system to monitor and cope with potential threats in global information space, said the declaration. “SCO members will continue to regularly hold joint anti-terrorism drills and coordinate efforts to crack down on the spread of terrorism online,” it said. The members expressed concern over the rising threats posed by increased drug production, trafficking and use as well as the financing of terrorism through the drug business. “A common and balanced position should be developed in combating illegal trafficking, including online trafficking of drugs and precursor chemicals,” the declaration read.
“Some country or bloc unilaterally develops anti-missile systems in an unrestricted manner, denting global security and damaging world stability,” said the document, stressing that ensuring one’s own security should not come at the price of endangering that of other countries. Amid the increasingly diverse and multi-polar geopolitical situation and growing uncertainties, the international community is in urgent need of seeking common ground and effectively coping with global challenges, said the document.
SCO members have made ‘building a community with a shared future for humanity’ a common concept, according to the document. “The inclusion of India and Pakistan into the SCO has lifted cooperation in various areas to a new level,” it said.
Member states reiterated their commitment to the Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation of the SCO member states and pledged to develop good-neighbourly relations and friendship in areas of common concern, including building shared borders into permanently peaceful and friendly ones. The SCO members support settlement of global conflicts by political and diplomatic means within the framework of basic codes and principles of international law to achieve general security and stability, said the document.
It is very important to keep implementing the comprehensive agreement on Iran nuclear issue, and the Korean Peninsula issue should be solved only through dialogue and consultation as well as political and diplomatic approaches, according to the declaration.