Shanghai Co-Operation Organisation: Important Forum For The Eurasian Region, India and SCO

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Shanghai Co-Operation Organisation

  • SCO has slowly established itself as an important forum for the Eurasian region.

  • Presently the SCO prioritises peace and security issues, mainly, dealing with terrorism, separatism and focuses on making the whole region a stable and in predicable situation

  • Major issues in the region

    • Security and stability

    • Terrorism and Separatism

    • Narcotics trade

    • Trafficking and smuggling

  • 10th summit of SCO held in Astana in 2011. Astana Declaration adopted

    • At this summit, an agreement on the criteria for membership was also reached and Insia is likely to join soon

    • Iran may not be able to join due to UN sanctions

  • Astana Declaration

    • Stressed the goal of combating the three forces

    • Terrorism, extremism, and separatism

    • Summit called for a neutral Afghanistan

    • Adopted a counternarcotic strategy for 2011-16

  • SCO will have an important role in imparting stability in Afghanistan after US leaves

India and SCO

  • India is an observer member (2005) along with Iran, Pakistan, and Mongolia

  • The Yekaterinburg summit of 2009 was attended by MMS. This marked a new chapter of India’s relationship with SCO

  • India’s interest in SCO

    • Be a partner in enhancing regional security

    • Make a gateway to Central Asia

    • Fight against drug trafficking

    • Energy security

    • Strengthen people to people contacts, exchanges of business persons and scholars

    • trade, investment, and technology flows

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