- Published on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:50
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The 12th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), in which Sri Lanka is a dialogue partner commences in the Chinese capital Beijing today. The two day summit is expected to set the tune for the development of the six-member bloc over the next decade.
Foreign affairs analysts said that the founding of the SCO in June 2001 was a major international event that has reshaped the global strategic landscape and re-shifted the balance of power. They said that this year marks the beginning of the second decade for the development of the SCO, so the summit will take on the historic task of mapping out a new blueprint for the increasingly important global players.
The summit is expected to adopt the amendments to the SCO Regulations on Political and Diplomatic Measures and Mechanism of Response to Events Jeopardizing Regional Peace, Security and Stability. The move will considerably boost the SCO's ability to prevent and tackle emergencies. The Summit is also expected to try to reach consensus on establishing multilateral financing guarantee mechanisms and speeding up transportation facilitation.
Heads of State of the permanent member countries and several countries holding observer status including the Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the Iranian President Mohamed Ahmednejad have already arrived in Beijing to attend the Summit.
The Organization has six permanent members and they are China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhastan, Kirgiztan, and Tajikistan. India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status in the Organization while Sri Lanka and Belarus have Dialogue Partners status. (niz)