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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Asian Security Talks

ALMATY, Kazakhstan () -- Officials from 16 Asian and Middle Eastern countries were gathering in the Kazakh capital Monday for a week of talks on establishing a body to boost security across the region.

Diplomats and officials were due to agree upon a joint declaration that would serve as a charter for an embryonic Asian security body, the Conference on Collaboration and Confidence Measures in Asia.

The joint declaration is expected to define the principles to which signatories must adhere. But unlike the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the question of human rights will not be included in the charter, one Kazakh official said.