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Statement by
H.E. Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev
the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan
at the Fifth Summit of the Conference on Interaction 
and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA)
15 
June 2019
Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan

Dear Emomali Sharipovich!
Dear Heads of delegations!
Ladies and Gentlemen!

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, esteemed Emomali Sharipovich Rakhmon, for the excellent organization of the Summit.

Today the Conference became an authoritative international platform for dialogue with an aim to create a common and indivisible security space in Asia.

Dear participants of the Summit!

The modern system of international relations is characterized by growing instability and unpredictability.

The countries in the Asian continent, which possess enormous economic and intellectual potential, face serious challenges.

These are, first of all, the issues related to ecology, demography, migration, low standards of living and education. They are the principal sources of social conflicts and a breeding ground for the spread of ideologies of extremism and terrorism. The process of radicalization among young people is of a particular concern.

However, it is most important that today’s world is experiencing a crisis of confidence. Yet, the trust among nations and peoples is the most critical prerequisite for ensuring security and sustainable development.

We are all observing increased competition among world centers of power. Moreover, some experts even admit the possibility of its outgrow into an open armed confrontation.

The worst thing is that the feeling of the great danger of this global threat is dulled in the public consciousness.

In our opinion, in order to overcome the crisis of confidence and strengthen security, it is necessary, first of all, to deliver an environment conducive for development of human capital. In this respect, the activities of our Conference built on shared respect and collective responsibility, are in demand more than ever.

Dear Heads of delegations!

The following is seemed important for further strengthening the confidence-building measures and security in Asia.

First, the key factor of stability on the Asian continent is settlement of the situation in Afghanistan.

We welcome negotiations in any format if they aim to achieve peace.

In this regard, we note with satisfaction the outcomes of the trilateral meetings on Afghanistan with participation of Russia, China and the United States.

I underscore that peace in Afghanistan and implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects in this country will open up new strategic opportunities for the entire continent.

Second, creation of favorable conditions for the youth to realize their potential, combating their radicalization and expanding the access to quality education are of a particular importance.

On our initiative, the UN General Assembly resolution named "Education and Religious Tolerance" was adopted. The International Convention on the Rights of Youth is being elaborated.

We stand ready to assume the role of coordinator in the field of scientific, educational, cultural and humanitarian cooperation. We also consider it extremely important to intensify contacts through public diplomacy, including the exchange and organization of forums in the sphere of tourism. This will certainly contribute to boosting confidence and improving mutual understanding among nations.

Third, we propose to establish a systematic dialogue on maintaining inter-religious harmony, enlightenment and mutual cultural enrichment.

For this, the International Center for Islamic Civilization in Tashkent and the Imam Bukhari International Research Center in Samarkand could serve as effective platforms.

Fourth, it is necessary to step up efforts to advance economic interconnectivity and regional trade. We mean, before all, the priority infrastructure projects, implementation of which would more fully unleash the transit and economic potential of the entire region.

Fifth, development of partnership at the business level is a driving engine of sustainable economic growth. In accordance with the concept of cooperation in this area, we propose to establish a regional forum for small business.

Finally, a grave environmental threat poses a serious challenge to security and sustainable development.

At the moment, the Aral Sea crisis is the ecological and humanitarian catastrophe on the global scale. It has already led to the hardest consequences for the gene pool, life and health of the population in the Aral Sea region.

In this regard, the efforts should be combined to overcome the consequences of the Aral disaster.

It is for this purpose that the Multi-Partner Trust Fund was established under the UN auspices to mobilize donor funds and spearhead specific projects in the Aral region.

Dear Heads of delegations!

Dear participants of the Conference!

All of us understand well that security is indivisible and trust stands as its fundamental basis.

In this regard, it is important to preserve the achieved dynamics of cooperation in the Asian region.

Joint elaboration and adoption of mutually beneficial decisions will enable us to achieve our noble goals - ensuring peace, stability and prosperity.

Thank you for your attention!