The regular 24th Meeting of the Council of SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (SCO RATS) was held in Tashkent (the Republic of Uzbekistan) on 28 March 2014.
Representatives from the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People’ s Republic of China, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan attended the Meeting.
The Meeting approved the Work Report 2013 of the Council of SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure to be delivered to the Heads of State Council, listened to the report on the implementation of “Programme (2013-2015) of SCO Member States on Cooperation Against Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism” and the Decision of the Council of SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure, which was delivered by Mr. Zhang Xinfeng, Director of SCO RATS Executive Committee, and highly commended the work of SCO RATS Executive Committee over the past year of 2013.
The Meeting decided to hold the Second Meeting of the Forum between SCO Member States and Observers on Combating International Terrorism and Extremism, which is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2014.
For further strengthening cooperation between competent departments of SCO member states on combating terrorism, separatism and extremism, the Meeting approved “The Regulation on the Universal Checklist of Network Resources to Be Used for the Purposes of Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism”.
The Meeting also adopted the Joint Countermeasures of SCO Member States in Maintaining Regional Security and Tackling Threats after Withdrawal of Parts of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in 2014 from Afghanistan.
The Meeting approved “The Regulation on Mechanisms for Detection, Prevention and Deterrence of Using Internet Carrying Out Activities of Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism”.
The Meeting spoke highly of the joint anti-terrorist exercises namely The East- Counterterrorism -2014 successfully held by the competent departments of SCO member states in the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The Meeting adopted “The Decision on Joint Border Defense Law Enforcement between the Ministry of Public Security, PRC and the Defense Guard Department of the Federal Security Service, Russian Federation Under the Framework of SCO”.
The Meeting also adopted various decisions with regards to issues of the organization, officials and financial affairs.
The Meeting unanimously agreed that the next Meeting of the Council of SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure is set to be held in the Republic of Tajikistan in September 2014. The Meeting was held in a pragmatic and constructive atmosphere.