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Statement by H.E. Mr. Utkir Sultanov

Prime-Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Mr. Chairman,

Heads and members of delegations,

Ladies and gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to greet all heads of States and Governments, Heads and members of delegations participating in the Almaty forum, and on behalf of the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan express gratitude for the invitation to participate in the meeting.

Our world is undergoing serious changes in various dimensions. Today, as never before, we face new threats to international and regional security. The world community has a full understanding of danger and magnitude of such transnational threats, such as international terrorism, religious extremism and illegal drug trafficking.

The last year tragic events of September 11 have clearly demonstrated that for the sake of peace, stability and security we should wage decisive and uncompromising fight against any manifestation of this monstrous phenomenon.

At the same time, arms race, huge arsenals of weapons remaining in various parts of our planet are serious factors undermining efforts of the world community on providing peace and stability.

In these circumstances any constructive efforts and initiatives directed at achieving mutual understanding and alleviating tensions in various regions of the world have a great value.

Participating in the present meeting in Almaty we welcome today's forum, which gives an opportunity to express their positions regarding current problems of international and regional development.

At the same time, we believe that proposals on CICA institutionalization require additional and comprehensive consideration.

Finally, I would like to express gratitude on behalf of the Uzbek delegation to the Kazakh side for the hospitality and good organization of the work of the Forum.

I thank you for your attention.