27 December 2010, 14:09

Global community pins high hopes on SCO

Global community pins high hopes on SCO

In the last days of 2010 a round-table meeting on the prospects of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was held in Moscow. In 2011, this intergovernmental mutual-security organization founded by the leaders of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will mark its 10th anniversary. More from our correspondent.

In the last days of 2010 a round-table meeting on the prospects of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was held in Moscow. In 2011, this intergovernmental mutual-security organization founded by the leaders of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will mark its 10th anniversary. More from our correspondent. 

Ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s 10th anniversary we can see growing interest in this organization in the US, the EU and other countries. Russian experts explain this by the rapidly changing situation in the world.  In 2014 most of the ISAF troops should be withdrawn from Afghanistan and the global community is now vigorously looking for a new mechanism, that would help to ensure stability and security in Afghanistan and in the region. We hear from Leonid Moiseev, the envoy of the Russian president to the SCO, who has had three meetings with high ranking officials of the US State Department.

"The US officials were mainly interested in what the SCO can do to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan and in the region. Of course, they are also interested in involving the SCO into the interior affairs of Afghanistan."

The position of SCO members remains the same: these countries members are ready to work and cooperate with each other along the borders with Afghanistan. In the SCO, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and China share borders with Afghanistan as do Iran and Pakistan, which have observer status in the organization. As regards the SCO’s activities in Afghanistan, there are some economic projects under discussion but their implementation will not happen in the near future. At the same time the political dialogue within SCO has been quite successful, Moiseyev says.

"The political dialogue within the SCO is developing quite successfully. Our leaders meet on a regular basis, creating a new atmosphere for such contacts, which also attracts observers. They are getting more involved in the SCO activities."

This political process, which started 10 years ago, is now attracting the attention of the global community. I would say that on the eve of the organization’s 10th anniversary all the leading world players are showing great interest in its activities.

The US, which regarded the SCO mainly as an anti-NATO organization, is now changing its attitude. Considering that the organization is active on the huge territory of Eurasia, the US would like to have a chance to establish dialogue with the SCO. The EU’s attention has also grown because Europe wants to block drug trafficking routes from Afghanistan. Ukraine is also looking for the ways to become influential in the SCO, while India, Pakistan and Iran are expressing their wish to become full fledged members in the SCO. All this shows that global prominence and clout of the SCO is growing.   

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