Related: SCO DMs discuss regional security
issues in Beijing
BEIJING, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Six member countries of
the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Wednesday agreed to stage a joint
anti-terror military exercise in 2007 in Russia, according to a joint
The joint communique was signed in the wake of the
SCO defense ministers' meeting, which groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
An expert group will be set up to coordinate the
preparation and implementation of the joint war game, the communique said.
"The military exercise is not targeted at a third
country," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told the press following the
meeting, stressing the SCO is not a military or political bloc.
Except Uzbekistan, other five countries of the SCO
held their first-ever joint anti-terror exercise within the framework of the SCO
in August 2003, with the first phase in Kazakhstan and the second in China.
As new threats and challenges, such as terrorism,
separatism, extremism and cross-border crimes, are becoming increasingly
prominent, the regional and international cooperation are required, the
The SCO should become an effective mechanism for
member countries to tackle new challenges and threats and safeguard
international and regional security, the communique said.
The SCO member countries will continue to step up the
cooperation in defense and security by carrying out the "Shanghai Spirit" which
features mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, respect for diverse cultures
and seeking common development, the communique said.
Stressing the importance of expanding dialogue and
exchange among defense departments of the SCO member countries, defense
ministers decided that they will maintain the current exchange mechanism and
hold more seminars and meetings to exchange views on regional security.
The next SCO defense minister meeting will be held in
Kyrgyzstan in 2007, according to the communique. Enditem