BISHKEK. The Central Asian Cooperation Organization held an one-day summit session today in the Kazakh capital Astana. Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev, Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov and Uzbek President Islam Karimov arrived, joining host Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, for talks on improving regional economic ties. Security and fighting the illegal narcotics trade are also on the agenda at today's meeting. The previous summit was held in the Tajik capital Dushanbe on October 5, 2002.
The Central Asian Cooperation Organization was formed in 2001 from the Central Asian Economic Community.