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Iran SCO Membership Blocked by Sanctions

RIA Novosti

15:58 06/06/2012 BEIJING, June 6 (RIA Novosti) - Iran’s application to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be considered after international sanctions on it have been lifted, the Russian presidential envoy to the organization said on Wednesday.

“A country that is under UN Security Council sanctions may not become a SCO member,” Kirill Barsky said.

“So at this stage this matter cannot be addressed, which does not, however, mean that it is closed forever.”

The SCO is an intergovernmental international organization established on in June 2001 by Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Observer states include India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan, while its dialogue partners include Belarus and Sri Lanka.

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