RESOLUTION ON STRENGTHENING SECURITY IN THE OSCE REGION

    1. Reaffirming that the OSCE, as a regional arrangement under Chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nations, as a primary organization for the peaceful settlement of disputes within its region and as a key instrument for early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation, continues to play an important role in building a secure and stable OSCE community from Vancouver to Vladivostok,
    2. Actively supporting the OSCE's concept of common, comprehensive and indivisible security, which addresses the human, economic, political and military dimensions of security, and underlining the broad concept and the multidimensional approach to common, comprehensive, co-operative, equal and indivisible security space free of dividing lines,
    3. Noting the change in the security environment and the emergence of new threats, and realizing that changes to the security environment in recent years along with the uneven pace of integration, economic growth and democratic development have led to the emergence of new challenges in achieving comprehensive and equal security, which the OSCE should address,
    4. Recognizing that the security of each participating State is inseparably linked to that of all others and constitutes the basis for stability for the OSCE area as whole,
    5. Noting further the ongoing multilateral political dialogue in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian area on current and future security issues in the OSCE region,
    6. Welcoming the adoption of the Astana Commemorative Declaration, in particular the recommitment of the participating States to the vision of a free, democratic, common and indivisible Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security community,
    7. Noting the importance of inter-parliamentary co-operation including interaction among the parliamentary structures of key international organizations in the sphere of security with a view to lending greater consistency to the efforts to renew the European security architecture,

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Stresses that within the OSCE area no state, group of states or organization can have any pre-eminent responsibility for maintaining peace and stability or can consider any part of the OSCE area as its sphere of influence;
    2. Reaffirms the inherent right of each and every participating State to be free to choose or change its security arrangements, including treaties of alliance, as they evolve;
    3. Acknowledges that each participating State also has the right to be free to choose not to enter or to remain out of any military or political alliance or security arrangements, and calls on other participating States to respect such a choice and the relevant rights and avoid actions in any form or manifestation which may undermine the political, economic, security, social or cultural stability of such states;
    4. Acknowledges the legitimate interest of those participating States which choose not to belong to any military or political alliance in receiving security assurances or effective international arrangements to this end, and welcomes unilateral or collective commitments in this regard, which exist and may be elaborated in future;
    5. Affirms the necessity to fully adhere to the Charter of the United Nations, the Helsinki Final Act, the Charter of Paris and all other agreed documents;
    6. Recognizes the primary responsibility of the UN Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security, and underlines the importance of implementation in good faith of United Nations Security Council resolution 984 (1995);
    7. Stresses that participating States should not strengthen their security at the expense of the security of other participating States, and calls on participating States to take action to safeguard the full implementation of the arms control and confidence-building regimes negotiated within the OSCE framework;
    8. Calls upon the OSCE to consider within its security dialogue the issue of strengthening and ensuring security of participating States which do not belong to any military or political alliance;
    9. Undertakes to intensify its efforts to promote the climate of confidence, trust and co operation among the OSCE participating States with a view to upholding OSCE commitments, strengthening comprehensive and indivisible security and contributing toward conflict settlement;
    10. Supports efforts of the participating States to enhance the dialogue on security issues in the OSCE area, which needs to include the issue of strengthening the security of participating States that do not belong to any military or political alliance, and recommends involving the Parliamentary Assembly in this process;
    11. Encourages the OSCE to increase upon request the sharing of its values and experience in the security sphere beyond the OSCE area, particularly to OSCE Partners for Co operation and neighbouring areas, while at the same time reinforcing co-operation with the EU, the UN, NATO, the Council of Europe, the Collective Security Treaty Organization and other relevant international and regional organizations.