|China hails marked achievements at CICA's third summit|
ISTANBUL, Turkey, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhai Jun hailed the remarkable achievements made at the Third Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia (CICA) here Tuesday.
Zhai said three major achievements at the summit were:
-- A new cooperation priority worked out for the next two years. Zhai said the summit adopted a decision to accept Vietnam and Iraq as new members and Bangladesh as a new observer state, giving CICA 22 member states and 10 observer states.
-- A successful changeover of CICA chairmanship from Kazakhstan to Turkey. Kazakh President Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev had been chairman since CICA was founded in 1992. The summit adopted a new system under which the chairmanship was limited to two years, signaling the grouping's increasing maturity.
-- A better legal foundation for CICA was laid. Zhai said the adoption of the protocol of privilege and exemption rights of the staff and officials of CICA members was another achivement made at the summit, which would help CICA to function better and play a more important role in the region.
Zhai said the current world situation was complex, with in-depth changes and fast readjustments. The current summit offered a dialague platform for all the CICA members to exchange views.
China's State Councillor Dai Bingguo atternded the summit as a special representative of Chinese President Hu Jintao. At the summit, Dai called on CICA members to make the best of multilateral cooperation mechanisms to boost interaction and mutual trust in the region, safeguard security and seek development.
Dai also reaffirmed China's foreign diplomacy of peaceful cooperation and that the country would continuously support the development of the CICA and deepen firendly relations with all CICA members.
CICA was established in 1992 as a forum for dialogue and consultation and promotion of confidence building measures among its members on security and development. Its member countries are from East Asia, Central Asia, South East Asia, South Asia and the Middle East.