Mr Grigory Pustovitov visited Tashkent between 31 October and 1 November 2018, in his capacity as Director of the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors, to participate in the Sixth Scientific and Practical Conference of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (RATS SCO) on the theme of “Combating Terrorism – Cooperation without Borders”.
The Conference exchanged views on the current state, dynamics and trends in countering international terrorism and extremism at the global and regional levels, noted the emergence of new challenges and threats associated with exacerbation of the security situation in several regions of the world, primarily Middle East and Afghanistan. The parties also exchanged experience on countering the use of the Internet for terrorist and extremist purposes, and underscored the need to improve international cooperation to prevent the spread of the terrorism and extremism ideology.
The Conference also called to enhance cooperation in the interests of timely exchange of information, the search for terrorists, the strengthening of border controls, the training of personnel for anti-terrorist units, the conduct of anti-terrorism exercises and further improvement of the international legal framework for anti-terrorism cooperation.
Representatives of competent bodies of SCO Member States – the Republic of India, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan; observers and dialogue partners, as well as the Secretariat of the SCO attended the Conference. The UN entities present, such as the UN Office of Counter Terrorism, Executive Directorate of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, the UN Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida, and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities, the UN Security Council Committee pursuant to resolution 1988 (2011), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia also contributed substantially to the event. Regional structures participated actively; and among key participants there were the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism. Other key organizations that added to deliberations were INTERPOL, the Secretariat of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, the Secretariat of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Commonwealth of Independent States’ Anti-Terrorism Center and the Coordination Service of the Council of Commanders of the Border Troops of the CIS, along with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.