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Third SCO summit meeting held in Moscow

The heads of state from the six members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) met on Thursday in the Russian capital to discuss ways to meet the challenges and strengthen cooperation in the current situation.

Chinese President Hu Jintao delivered a speech at the meeting. He said China advocates the establishment of a just and fair new international political and economic order with mutual security as its premise, balanced development as basis, commonly recognized legal principles as guarantee, dialogue and cooperation as methodology and common prosperity as goal.

Hu stressed China stands for democracy in international relations, saying every country should have an equal status in international affairs, and international issues should be resolved through consultations.

Principles of international law and norms of international relations should be respected, and the authority and leading role of the United Nations in handling key international issues should be protected, Hu said.

The leaders spoke highly of the achievements the SCO has made since its founding two years ago. The leaders said they believed the SCO will be an important player in maintaining regional and world security, stability and development, and will play an increasingly important role in international affairs.

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who chaired the meeting, said the summit is fruitful and has defined the direction the SCO will move in.

At the Moscow summit, the third since the SCO was established in June 2001, the leaders reached consensus on the institutionalization of the SCO and some major international issues.

The leaders agreed to launch a SCO secretariat and a regional anti-terrorism

center no later than Jan. 1, 2004. They decided that next year's SCO summit meeting will be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The six heads of states signed a declaration at the end of the meeting.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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