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SCO summit calls for an end to Libya conflict, pushes for UN reforms

Ahmadinejad launched attack on Western powers, Israel.

ASTANA – Heads of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) said Wednesday their countries will focus on cooperation in trade and counter-terrorism and called for an end to the Libyan crisis, CNTV.cn reported. The SCO heads of state made the remarks in a declaration signed in the Kazakh capital of Astana on the organization’s 10th anniversary, Xinhua in­forms. The leaders expressed “deep concern” over the situation in West Asia and North Afri­ca, calling for regional stability at an early date. The declaration said SCO members stressed strict adherence to the U.N. Security Council’s Resolutions 1970 and 1973, which authorize imposition of the no-fly zone in Libya.

Stressing cooperation with the United Nations, the SCO supported gradual reform of the U.N. to strengthen its authority and efficiency to handle challenges and threats in a more timely and effective manner. “There should be a package solution to the U.N. and Se­curity Council reform based on multilateral con­sultations. To preserve unity among member states, there should be no preset timetable for the negotiations,” the declaration said. Mem­ber countries reiterated fighting against the “three evil forces” of terrorism, extremism and separatism remained a priority for the SCO. They will jointly implement the Shanghai Convention on Combating Terro­rism, Separatism and Extremism and the SCO Convention against Terrorism, according to the decla­ration. The SCO groups China, Russia, Kazak­hstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Mongolia, Pakistan, Iran and India are observers. Sri Lanka and Belarus are dialogue partners.

HU urged Iran to resume dialogue with the group of six

Ahead the summit, Chinese President Hu Jintao held talks Tuesday with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Hu expressed the wish that Iran will carry out dialogue as soon as possible with the six nations, consisting of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. He urged Iran to “take substantial steps in respect of establishing trust” and “speed up the process of dialogue.”

On Wednesday, Ahmadinejad launched into a brutal attack of the West, mentioning Zionism as one of history’s worst ills.

He told the Summit members that 60 plus years of Zionism has brought only humiliation and destruction to the Palestinians and the region. According to The Jerusalem Post,  Israel got off easy in Ahmadinejad’s tirade, viciously attacking the US and the West for a long litany that includes slavery, colonizations, the pillaging of Africa, World War I and II and numerous wars since then, dropping a nuclear bomb on defenseless civilians, and creating the atmosphere leading to 9/11 which he said was the pretext for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq which he said has cost some one million casualties.

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