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    UZBEK PRESIDENT CALLS FOR JOIN EFFORT IN FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM

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    TASHKENT, March 4 (RIA Novosti) - President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan called for the maximal use of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the fight against terrorism while he was visiting the new office of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) executive committee in Tashkent, reported the presidential administration on Thursday.

    "The fight against terrorism is very popular in world politics," Mr. Karimov said. "But sometimes attention is only focused on this issue for supposed authority. Meanwhile, terrorism should be fought resolutely in deeds, not words."

    "RATS should collect information that representatives of SCO member states can use. Each state pursues its own policy in combating terrorism just like in any other sphere, but a positive result can only be achieved through close collaboration," Mr. Karimov emphasized.

    "The main task of RATS is to use the potential of SCO to the maximum, unite efforts and closely collaborate with each other," stressed the president of Uzbekistan.

    At a SCO summit in Moscow in May 2003, the decision to locate the RATS executive committee in the capital of Uzbekistan was made. Since January 1, 2004, the committee has been working in Tashkent.

    Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are members of the SCO.

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