Central Asian States agree to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation through Joint Plan of Action
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan -
A High Level International Meeting for the states of Central Asia and other countries designed to strengthen counter-terrorist cooperation in Central Asia on the basis of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy was held on 30 November.
The Ashgabat Meeting led to the adoption of a joint Action Plan for Central Asian countries on the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and a Declaration, endorsed by participants, including 10 other UN Member states and senior UN and EU officials, expressing support for the Action Plan.
The event, chaired by Turkmenistan and co-organized with the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) and the EU working with the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), concludes a one-year consultative process designed to contribute to, and secure widespread support for, the elaboration of the Action Plan.
The joint document is the first example of a region taking concrete steps to address the terrorist threat through a common approach based on the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and strengthened international partnership.