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ADHERENCE TO THE HELSINKI PRINCIPLES IN INTER-STATE RELATIONS ACROSS THE OSCE AREA

    1. Recalling the principles of the Helsinki Final Act:

      1. Sovereign equality, respect for the rights inherent in sovereignty,
        Refraining from the threat or use of force,
      2. Inviolability of frontiers,
      3. Territorial integrity of States,
      4. Peaceful settlement of disputes,
      5. Non-intervention in internal affairs,
      6. Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms,
      7. Equal rights and self-determination of peoples,
      8. Co-operation among States, and
      9. Fulfillment in good faith of obligations under international law,
    2. Also recalling the Charter of Paris for a New Europe, in which the OSCE participating States pledged their full commitment to the Ten Principles of the Helsinki Final Act and affirmed that these principles form the basis for relations among the OSCE participating States,

    3. Taking into account the Declaration on furthering the Helsinki +40 process adopted at the Ministerial Council in Kyiv in 2013, which states that the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act is a unique opportunity to reaffirm the participating States’ commitment to the concept of comprehensive, co-operative, equal and indivisible security, by recording practical results reflecting intensified efforts to fully implement OSCE commitments,

    4. Reiterating 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 international disputes within its region, and as a key instrument for early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management, conflict resolution and post-conflict rehabilitation, continues to play an important role in building a secure and stable OSCE community from Vancouver to Vladivostok,

    5. Expressing deep concern over the persistence of conflicts in various regions of the OSCE area, in particular in the territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine,

    6. Acknowledging that conflicts in the OSCE area undermine the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence of the participating States concerned, impede democratic reforms and sustainable development in those States and hinder regional co-operation and development,

    7. Gravely concerned over the attempts to misinterpret the true value and meaning of the principles of the Helsinki Final Act, and convinced in this regard that the strong reaffirmation of the commitment to those principles and of their importance will contribute to settling disputes peacefully, preventing and resolving armed conflicts, promoting the rule of law among States, strengthening the international legal order and, consequently, maintaining more effectively international and regional peace and security,

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Underlines the enduring validity of the principles of the Helsinki Final Act in guiding relations among the participating States;

    2. Emphasizes that the inherent connection and balance between all the principles of the Helsinki Decalogue must be applied equally and unreservedly, and urges all participating States to strictly observe these principles in their international relations;

    3. Reaffirms that every State has the duty to refrain in its international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations;

    4. Reaffirms also the principles of inviolability of frontiers and territorial integrity of States, and recalls in that regard the established principle of international law on the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force;

    5. Reiterates the obligation of States not to recognize as lawful a situation resulting from the use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of States, nor render aid or assistance in maintaining that, and to refrain from any action or dealing that might be interpreted as a recognition of it, whether direct or indirect;

    6. Reaffirms the principles of equal rights of people and their right to self-determination in conformity with Charter of the United Nations and with the relevant norms of international law, including those relating to territorial integrity of States, and stresses in that regard that this shall not be construed as authorizing any action against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State;

    7. Also reaffirms the inalienable right of the populations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine displaced as a result of conflicts to return to their homes in safety and with dignity, and stresses the necessity of creating appropriate conditions for their soonest return;

    8. Underlines the role of the rule of law in preventing conflict, mitigating the effects of the conflict once it has arisen, and in resolving conflicts, reaffirms its strong opposition to impunity for serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law, and emphasizes the responsibility of States to comply with their relevant obligations to end impunity and to thoroughly investigate and prosecute persons responsible for war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity or other serious violations of international humanitarian law, in order to prevent violations, avoid their recurrence and seek sustainable peace, justice, truth and reconciliation;

    9. Stresses the importance of compliance by conflicting parties with and the implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the relevant documents of other international organizations;

    10. Expresses its deep regret at the lack of sustainable progress toward a political settlement of the existing conflicts in various regions of the OSCE area;

    11. Maintains that the peaceful settlement of conflicts in the OSCE area should remain a top priority for the Organization, including within the “Helsinki +40” process;

    12. Urges all parties involved to engage in good faith in the search for negotiated solutions in order to achieve a comprehensive and lasting political settlement of the conflicts, including those affecting the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, based on the norms and principles of international law, in particular those relating to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the States concerned, and to make full use of the available conflict settlement mechanisms and formats to that effect.