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Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Agreements Signed

(Nov. 4, 2008) During recent meetings of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the 2009 budget for the organization was approved, and a number of agreements and memoranda were signed. Among these documents was a protocol on exchanging information on the movement of energy resources, signed by the heads of the customs agencies of the member states. In addition, a resolution was approved by the participants calling for an updated action plan on how SCO members will implement the program of multilateral trade and economic cooperation among the member nations. (Shanghai Bloc Inks Accord on Sharing Information on Energy Supplies, INTERFAX, Oct. 30, 2008, World News Connection online database, available at,
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SCO is an international organization whose members are China (People's Republic), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It developed from agreements signed by “the Shanghai Five” in 1996-97. Following Uzbekistan's request to join, the SCO came into existence based on a declaration signed in Shanghai on June 15, 2001. That year the members also signed a convention on combating terrorism, separatism, and extremism. (SCO website, (last visited Oct. 30, 2008).)