CICA Summit Begins In Istanbul

ISTANBUL - The Third Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) began in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday.

Presidents of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Mongolia and Ukraine; vice presidents of Iraq and Vietnam; prime minister of Russia; crown prince of Kuwait; deputy prime minister of Cambodia; member of State Council of China are attending the summit as well as foreign ministers, and representatives of eight other countries.

Representatives of United Nations, Organization of the Islamic Conference, NATO, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe are also participating in the meeting.

Turkey is expected to appoint a diplomat as an executive director for management of the secretariat in Almaty after it takes over the rotating chairmanship of CICA at the end of the summit.

Participants will release a final declaration at the end of the Third CICA Summit.

CICA is an inter-governmental security forum in Asia which was initiated by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev in 1992.

The first CICA summit was held in 2002.

CICA Member States include Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestine, Republic of Korea, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.

Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Qatar, Vietnam, Ukraine and USA and the United Nations, OSCE and League of Arab States are observers.

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