Vitaly Vorobyev, Russia's coordinator in the SCO, said the recent meeting of the Council of national coordinators (CNC) on August 29-30 in Beijing focused on preparations for the jubilee summit of the Council of the heads of state scheduled for June 2006.
The SCO will celebrate its fifth anniversary on June 15, 2006, he added.
"Everybody agrees this first jubilee date must be celebrated accordingly," the Russian diplomat said.
According to Vorobyev, "real measures to strengthen ties between the SCO members that are beneficial to each member" must become the key part of the celebration.
Participants of the CNC meeting agreed to increase the role and effectiveness of the SCO Secretariat, Vorobyev said, adding that they also emphasized the necessity of creating an effective system of information sharing for SCO activities.
"...A system of measures and mechanisms to ensure a joint response to situations threatening the peace, security, and stability in the region must be developed, as well," the diplomat said.
These are complex political and practical tasks, Vorobyev added.
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