Putin proposes anti-terror centre in SCOJune 7th, 2012 - 12:56 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, June 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday proposed establishing an anti-terrorism centre within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Speaking at a SCO meeting, Putin said all SCO member countries note the need to fight the drug threat.
“We can achieve success in this direction by establishing a universal centre to counter terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime in the SCO,” the Russian president said.
Putin recalled that the SCO already comprises an anti-terror organization.
“The organization could be made universal and charged with coordinating anti-drug work,” he said.
The SCO is a regional security grouping that comprises Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Mongolia, India, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan have observer status.
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