BISHKEK, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- An international conference aimed at cracking down on terrorism, extremism and other forms of violence started here on Tuesday.
Photo taken on Nov. 24, 2009 shows delegates pose for group photos during an international conference on anti terrorism, extremism and other modern ways of violence in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan. The two-day conference opened here on Tuesday with delegates from Community of Independent States (CIS), anti-terror institutes from Collective Security Treaty Organization of CIS, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). (Xinhua/Sadat)
Faced with a complicated world security situation, the meeting would mainly focus on security within the Commonwealth of Independent States(CIS), Kyrgyz State Minister of Foreign Affairs Kadyrbek Sarbaevat said at the opening ceremony.
As terrorism and extremism could threaten economic development across the region, international and regional groups, such as CIS, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and CIS Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), should play a key role in fighting such forces, said Sarbaevat.
CIS member states endorsed a plan to jointly combat terrorism and other forms of extremism in 2008-2010 at a summit meeting in October 2007 in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.
The current conference, held within the framework of the Dushanbe plan, will also talk about security in Afghanistan, CIS' coordination with other countries and regional and international groups.
Representatives from member countries of CIS, CSTO, SCO as wellas the Organization for European Security and Cooperation (OESC) attended the meeting.
The conference, sponsored by Kyrgyzstan State Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the security affairs bureau of Kyrgyzstan and the anti-terrorism coalition of CSTO, will last for two days.