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A/RES/50/87


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

6 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 30


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

         [without reference to a Main Committee (A/50/L.62 and Add.1)]


            50/87.   Cooperation between the United Nations
                     and the Organization for Security and
                     Cooperation in Europe


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 48/5 of 13 October 1993 on observer
status for the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and
the framework for cooperation and coordination between the United
Nations and the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe
signed on 26 May 1993,  1/ as well as its resolution 49/13 of
15 November 1994 on cooperation between the two organizations,

      Recalling also the declaration at the 1992 Helsinki Summit by the
Heads of State or Government of the participating States of the
Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe of their
understanding that the Conference is a regional arrangement in the
sense of Chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nations and as such
provides an important link between European and global security, 2/

      Taking note of the Document of the Budapest Summit of 1994 of the
Conference,  3/ in particular the decision that, in order to
reflect the fundamental change in the Conference and the dramatic
growth in its role in shaping a common security area, the Conference
would henceforth be known as the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe,

      Having examined the report of the Secretary-General of 16 October
1995 on cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe,  4/

      Acknowledging the increasing contribution of the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe to the establishment and
maintenance of international peace and security in its region through
activities in early warning, preventive diplomacy, crisis management,
arms control and disarmament, and post-crisis stabilization and
rehabilitation measures, and its efforts in supporting the economic
dimension, as well as its crucial role in the human dimension,

      Taking note of the statement of the Budapest Summit of 1994 in
which it was agreed that participating States might, in exceptional
circumstances, jointly decide that a dispute would be referred to the
Security Council on behalf of the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe,

      Welcoming the fact that, since the Budapest Summit of 1994,
cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe has developed further on both the
political and organizational levels and that joint efforts in several
areas are being undertaken, such as humanitarian activities,
monitoring of human rights, election monitoring and the implementation
of sanctions regimes,

      Welcoming also the progress made in the development and
consolidation of contacts and cooperation between the United Nations
and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe with
regard to the activities of the field missions of the latter,

      Recalling that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe has already established a long-term presence in several
countries, including the conflict zones in its region,

      Stressing the importance of the full implementation of Security
Council resolution 855 (1993) of 9 August 1993, as well as the
decisions of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
concerning the resumption of the activities of its mission to Kosovo,
the Sandžak and Vojvodina in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(Serbia and Montenegro),

      Underlining the possibilities for regional action by the
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for the
maintenance of international peace and security as provided for under
Chapter VIII of the Charter,

      Welcoming the ongoing work within the framework of the
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on the elaboration
of a common and comprehensive security model for the Europe of the
twenty-first century,

      Welcoming also the further development of closer contacts between
the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the
non-participating Mediterranean States with special regard to their
seminar at Cairo on the experience of the Organization in confidence-
building measures, as well as the increased cooperation between the
Organization and States in Asia, and looking forward to the
continuation of those contacts,

      Welcoming further the decision of the Permanent Council of the
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which met at
Budapest on 7 December 1995,  5/ that the above-mentioned
Mediterranean States would be known henceforth as "Mediterranean
Partners for Cooperation" and the above-mentioned States in Asia as
"Partners for Cooperation",

      1.    Takes note with satisfaction of the report of the Secretary-
General; 

      2.    Welcomes the intensified cooperation and coordination
between the United Nations and the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe on the basis of the framework agreement, 1/ and
requests the Secretary-General of the United Nations to explore with
the Chairman-in-Office and the Secretary-General of the Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe possibilities for further
improvement, with special regard to the mutual provision in advance of
information in those areas where both organizations have their own
respective roles to play;

      3.    Also welcomes the support extended by the United Nations in
sharing its experience with the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe in conflict prevention and peace-building and
peace-keeping activities;

      4.    Supports the activities of the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe aimed at contributing to stability and the
maintenance of peace and security within its region, and stresses the
importance of the work done by its field missions;

      5.    Encourages the States members of the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe to make every effort to achieve
peaceful settlement of disputes in the region, through conflict
prevention and crisis management by the Organization, including peace-
keeping;

      6.    Welcomes the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia
and Herzegovina and the annexes thereto, signed in Paris on
14 December 1995 by the Presidents of the Republic of Bosnia and
Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia and the Federal Republic of
Yugoslavia,  6/ and the important role it assigns to the
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to supervise the
preparation and conduct of free and fair elections in Bosnia and
Herzegovina, to monitor, in cooperation with other international
organizations, the human rights situation, to help guide the
negotiating process to bring about regional stability and to build
mechanisms to increase confidence and security;

      7.    Also welcomes the Basic Agreement on the Region of Eastern
Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium, signed on
12 November 1995,  7/ and acknowledges the important role of the
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in the
implementation of that agreement and the future role of the
Organization in other regions of Croatia;

      8.    Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
first session the item entitled "Cooperation between the United
Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe",
and requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly
at its fifty-first session a report on cooperation between the United
Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in
implementation of the present resolution.

                                                          94th plenary meeting
                                                              18 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/   See A/48/185, annex II.

2/   See A/47/361-S/24370, annex.

3/   A/49/800-S/1994/1435, annex.

4/   A/50/564.

5/   See A/50/813-S/1995/1030.

6/   See A/50/790-S/1995/999.

7/   A/50/757-S/1995/951, annex.

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