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India, Pakistan trade charges at SAARC, CICA meetings

India and Pakistan crossed swords over terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir at the Foreign Minister’s meetings of the 8-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the 27-nation Conference on Interaction and ConfidenceBuilding Measures in Asia.

CICA

  • The Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) is an inter-governmental forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia.
  • It is a forum based on the recognition that there is close link between peace, security and stability in Asia and in the rest of the world.
  • The key idea of the Conference is based on the priority of the indivisibility of security, joint initiative and mutually beneficial interaction of small and large states.
  • The idea of convening the CICA was first proposed by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev on 5 October 1992, at the 47th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
  • The first meeting of the CICA Ministers of Foreign Affairs was held on 14 September 1999 with participation of 15 Member States (Meeting between Foreign Ministers is held every two years). The Declaration on Principles Guiding Relations between CICA Member States was adopted at this meeting.

The first CICA summit was held on 4 June 2002 with participation of 16 Member States and Almaty Act, the charter of the CICA, was adopted. The impetus for this meeting came from the 9-11 terrorist attacks of the previous year. Thus, counter-terrorism became an important issue for CICA, and this theme has run through the subsequent meetings.