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Press Release about the meeting of prosecutors general of the SCO member states (Astana, August 27, 2015)

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Today the 13th meeting of prosecutors general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states was held in the Palace of Independence in Astana.

The meeting was attended by delegations headed by Prosecutor General  of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Askhat Daulbayev, Prosecutor General of the Supreme People’s  Procuratorate of the People’s  Republic of China Mr. Cao Jianming, Prosecutor General of the Kyrgyz Republic Ms. Indira Dzholdubaeva, Prosecutor  General of the Russian Federation Mr. Yury Chayka, Prosecutor  General of the Republic of Tajikistan Mr. Yusuf Rahmon, Prosecutor  General of the Republic of  Uzbekistan Mr. Ihtiyor Abdullaev, and SCO Secretary-General Mr. Dmitry Mezentsev and Deputy Director of the Executive Committee of the Regional Сounter-Terrorism Structure of the SCO Mr. Ahtamkhon Pirov.

The forum was inspired by presence of prosecutors general of the SCO observer states: Prosecutor  General of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan               Mr. Noor Habib Jalal,  Prosecutor General of the  Republic of  Belarus Mr. Aleksandr Konyuk, Attorney General of the Republic of India Mr. Mukul  Rohatgi, Prosecutor General of Mongolia Mr. Enkh-Amgalan Magvannorov, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mr. Nasser Ahmed Bkhutta.

Assistant to the President - Secretary of the Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Nurlan Yermekbayev delivered welcoming remarks and specified new directions of mutual cooperation within the SCO framework.

Mr. Askhat Daulbayev opened the meeting and noted that ensuring stability and security in the region has always been in the focus of attention for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Strong basis for effective functioning of the organization was established due to joint efforts of the prosecutor's offices of the SCO member states, and this also shows high level of mutual trust and mutual understanding. Therefore, dialogue platform and established system of collaboration of prosecutor’s offices provide a great opportunity for implementation of objectives stated by heads of state.

A wide range of issues on exchange of experiences in fight against terrorism and extremism, drug trafficking and weapons, other types of cross-border crime and illegal migration were discussed at the forum.

Participants noted that the most dangerous modern phenomena such as manifestations of extremism and terrorism nowadays acquired an international character and  affect all states, regardless of their military, economic and religious power.

In his turn, Mr. A.Daulbayev emphasized that the main efforts of Kazakhstan, that also faced with terrorist attacks, currently are aimed at prevention and timely revealing of criminal intents of religious radicals.

Kazakhstan conducts large-scale and consistent work in the framework of the international fight against terrorism and extremism. Our country acceded to all 14 UN Conventions against terrorism. Kazakhstan is one of the initiators of the unifying of countries to ensure security and stability in the Central Asian region.

The participants of the meeting exchanged experience of prosecutor’s offices of the SCO member states on coordinating the work of the competent authorities that deal with solving the problems of combating illegal movement across the borders of the SCO member states of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors.

The attention was also been focused on the exchange of information about planned terrorist attacks, the method for their prevention and combating extremism and terrorism, prevention of travelling abroad to join terrorist activities. The participants expressed confidence that only joint action would reduce the threat of extremism and terrorism.

As a result of discussions of the agenda items during the forum, aimed at creating a supportive and secure environment for the life of the citizens, without exaggeration, can be attributed to the backbone in the fight against crime. Following the discussion, the participants agreed on the establishment of closer cooperation, including through the conclusion of international agreements on the fight against crime.

As a result of discussion on the agenda items, the leaders of the prosecutor general’s offices of the SCO member states signed the Protocol of the meeting on improvement of the effectiveness of international cooperation in mutual legal assistance, continuing the exchange of experience on the main directions of prosecutor’s activities, adoption of effective measures to combat the various transnational threats of security.

It was also decided to hold the next meeting of the prosecutors general of the SCO member states in the People's Republic of China in 2016.

Mr. A.Daulbayev held bilateral meetings with Prosecutor  General of the Republic of Tajikistan Mr. Yusuf Rahmon, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mr. Siamak Fawaedi during which they discussed the issues of cooperation within the SCO framework.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization was founded on June 15, 2001 by the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People's Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of  Uzbekistan as a permanent intergovernmental international organization.

Currently, Afghanistan, Belarus, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have a status of observers of the SCO, Turkey and Sri Lanka are dialogue partners.   On  July 10, 2015 it was decided on accession of India and Pakistan as the member states, as well as the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal as dialogue partners to SCO.

The meeting of Prosecutors General of the SCO member states is held once a year in one of the member countries in alphabetical order, that have a special place within the organization, complementing the multilateral cooperation on combating terrorism, extremism and separatism, drug trafficking and weapons and other types of cross-border crimes and illegal migration.

Press service of the Prosecutor General’s office

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