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Statement by H.E. Mr. Emomalii Rahmon

President of the Republic of Tajikistan

Dear Mr.  Chairman,  

Dear Heads of States and Governments,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, let me to express sincere gratitude to organizers of the Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) for the excellent organizational conditions, created for fruitful and constructive work, for cordiality and hospitality.  

During the period, elapsed after the First Summit all of us have become convinced again in the necessity and urgency of setting up of a strategically firm system of security, stability and wide interaction in Asia.

Everybody knows that Asia is the largest and most geo-strategically important continent of the Globe: peace and security in Asia is a guarantee for security and peace in the entire world.

An efficient strategy of multilateral interaction is vitally important in the present conditions, when the main threats and challenges – terrorism, extremism, separatism, illegal drug circulation and organized crime, first, are speedily acquiring transnational and transborder character; secondly, they are getting quickly integrated, which alarmingly increase their potential threat for all and everybody.

In such a difficult and contradictory situation introduction of collective mechanisms of problem resolution, steady expansion of spheres and strengthening of pillars of security and stability is the imperative of our time.

Cognizant of all these and being located in the very centre of Asia, the Republic of Tajikistan, from the onset has expressed its full support of the initiative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Honourable Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev with regard to formation and realization of the goals and ideas of this extensive Forum in Asia.

I would like to especially note that with the common constructive efforts gradually and steadily being developed atmosphere of many-sided and multilevel macro-regional and global interaction and strengthening of confidence on the basis of generally recognized principles of contemporary legal regulation.

Realization by the CICA Member States of the Almaty Act and the CICA Declaration on Eliminating Terrorism and Promoting Dialogue among Civilizations,adopted during the First Summit, has acted as active facilitator, so the Conference, having gradually acquired real and concrete shapes, is becoming extensive forum in the modern international life of the Asian continent.

The following fact deserves attention; within the framework of the work on developing the CICA process, on the initiative of the Tajik side, which has found support on the part of almost all of the Conference’s participants, the issues of the fight with terrorism, extremism, drugs smuggling, and transnational organized crime have come under increased attention.

The Republic of Tajikistan as before considers as primary and urgent matter the formation of real all-Asian and global anti-terrorist and anti-drugs partnership. The terrorism in all its forms is a transnational threat and undermines practically all norms of human values, and illegal circulation of narcotics is becoming the reason of degradation of social and spiritual essence of many and many people both in the East and West as well as in other parts of the Earth.

However it is necessary to note that the level of global threat of these phenomena remains high. Simultaneously racism, extreme nationalism and neo-fascism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, which reveal themselves in some countries, are becoming more serious and dangerous.

Deliberate association of above phenomena with religions and civilizations, in the first place, with Islam, is quite dangerous.

We all know that world religions - Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism historically asserted and continue to assert nowadays kindness, mutual understanding, mutual help, tolerance, high spirituality and morality. They consider the life and peace as the supreme values, and Islam means peace and full order. And in these conditions attempts to pin labels and appearance of such a term as “Islamic terrorism” is not only an inadequate reaction to phenomenon, but also a dangerous act that is being done deliberately.

The growth of dehumanization and demoralization causes a special concern.  We are obliged to remember that the moral and spirituality is an expression of the essence of a human being. And all of us are with all of our efforts to protect and strengthen these pillars of humanity and social life. Here the role of UNESCO is irreplaceable.

In these conditions, our efforts both on global and macro-regional level should be doubled and trebled.

Dear colleagues,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are convinced that atpresent, extremely difficult and critical stage of historical destiny of mankind all Asian peoples and states have as a matter of fact common interests, which are contiguous to the basic interests of peoples and states of other continents of the Earth. First of all it is consistent and principal counteraction to the forces of global terrorism. Here it is vital to have a complex and systemic approach that exclude “double standards” and narrow political goals.

It is necessary to especially note the imperative necessity of maintaining and strengthening of Asian and global strategic stability and security.

Achievement of this common to all mankind purpose is real and possible by consistent realization of the interconnected and complementary measures, such as advancement of the disarmament process and strengthening of the regime of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, strengthening of the regime of international legal norms and leading role of the United Nations, ensuring the real interaction and partnership of various international structures and organizations.

For example, the partnership of Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia and Shanghai Cooperation Organization is capable to ensure sustainable strategic stability in Asia and to facilitate as much as possible the realization of such a goal all over the world.

Meanwhile one cannot, but see that within the framework of our Forum continue to take place certain disagreements in the positions of member-states on the individual conceptual provisions of building an all-Asian security system.

Moreover, there are completely different and sometimes even opposite positions on certain issues.

It concerns also the issues of using the experience of other regional associations, problems of "spheres of influence" and security guarantees, different approaches of member-states to creation of organizational structures of the Conference and launching of mechanisms of its constant functioning.

The Republic Tajikistan supports the international efforts on restoration and reconstruction of Afghanistan so as to help to the revival of this country as a stable and prospering member of the international community.

As a unique Asian forum CICA, which includes the countries of various cultures and traditions, is capable of becoming one of the most efficient mechanisms for promotion of dialogue between civilizations and cultures.

In view of this, in our days the humanitarian interaction, that serves as a powerful factor of stability and security both in separate historical and cultural regions (especially in Southern Asia) as well as in the entire Asian continent, is acquiring a special importance.

In this context we confirm our complete support of the resolution of the UN General Assembly on the dialogue among civilizations and relevant provisions of the draft Declaration of the Second Summit as well as other acts and efforts international organizations.

We confirm our adherence to really ensuring the rights and basic freedoms of a human being in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, international conventions and acts, which facilitate strengthening of peace, security and stability in Asia.

The Great Asia and our world as a whole are vitally interested in truly stable, fair and human global order that is capable of accumulating and adequately realizing the global interests. Our Conference is to make a worthy contribution to the realization of this noble goal.

I want to assure all of you that we continue to closely cooperate with all member-states of the Forum for achieving high and historically significant goals of stability, security, wide cooperation and prosperity of Asia.

Thank you for attention.