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SCO Wants Nuclear-Free Zone, Opposes Space Weapons, Missile Shield

Xinhua News Agency
June 7, 2012

SCO calls for nuclear-weapon-free zone, space security

BEIJING: Member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) called for the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in central Asia in a declaration released after the conclusion of the group’s Beijing summit on Thursday.

The SCO calls on all nuclear weapon states to sign relevant protocols to the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia and take real steps to move forward the establishment of a nuclear weapon-free zone in the region, according to the declaration on Building a Region of Lasting Peace and Common Prosperity.

All member states stand for ensuring outer space security, the peaceful use of outer space and the prevention of the weaponization of outer space, said the declaration of the heads of state of the member states of the SCO.

Member states will work to build a peaceful, secure, fair and open information space, on the basis of the principles of respect for state sovereignty and non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, according to the declaration.

The member states oppose using information and telecommunication technologies in a way that “endangers their political, economic and social security” and will work to prevent the Internet from being used to promote terrorism, extremism and separatism, it said.

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Xinhua News Agency
June 7, 2012

Unrestrained increasing missile defense harms int’l security: SCO heads of state

BEIJING: The heads of state of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) uphold that the strengthening of missile defense by a country or group of countries in a unilateral and unrestrained manner in disregard of the legitimate interests of other countries will cause harm to international security and global strategic stability.

The leaders expressed the agreement in a press communique released here Thursday after the SCO summit in Beijing.

The communique said the relevant issue “must be addressed by all countries concerned through political and diplomatic efforts.”

The two-day summit groups Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tajikistan’s President Emomalii Rahmon and Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov.

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