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A/RES/51/57


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

27 January 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 38


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 [without reference to a Main Committee (A/51/L.52 and Add.1 and A/51/L.54)]


            51/57.   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 1/
signed on 26 May 1993, as well as its resolution 50/87 of 18 December
1995 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/

      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 and preventive diplomacy, including
through the activities of the High Commissioner for National
Minorities, crisis management, arms control and disarmament,
post-crisis stabilization and rehabilitation measures, and its efforts
in supporting the economic dimension, as well as its crucial role in
the human dimension,

      Welcoming the meeting held on 15 and 16 February 1996 on the
invitation of the Secretary-General between the United Nations and the
regional and other organizations, and noting the importance of
continuing and further developing the practice of convening such
meetings,

      Recalling the special ties between the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe and the Mediterranean Partners for
Cooperation,

      Underlining the continued importance of enhanced coordination and
cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe,

      1.    Welcomes the report of the Secretary-General; 3/

      2.    Also welcomes the progress in common work in the field
between the United Nations and the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe;

      3.    Further welcomes the Summit Declaration and the decisions
adopted by the heads of State or Government of the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe on 3 December 1996 at Lisbon, in
particular the Lisbon Declaration on a Common and Comprehensive
Security Model for Europe for the Twenty-first Century, which, as
such, complements the mutually reinforcing efforts of other European
and transatlantic institutions and organizations in this field;

      4.    Commends the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe for the fulfilment, in cooperation with the United Nations, of
the role assigned to it by the General Framework Agreement for Peace
in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the annexes thereto 4/ (collectively
the Peace Agreement), in particular for:

      (a)   The successful supervision of the preparation and the
conduct of the elections held on 14 September 1996;

      (b)   The monitoring, together with other international
organizations, of the development of human rights standards;

      (c)   The support offered to the Human Rights Commission of Bosnia
and Herzegovina;

      (d)   The agreements concluded under its auspices on confidence-
and security-building measures, as well as on subregional arms
control;

      5.    Welcomes the decision of the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe to continue its engagement in Bosnia and
Herzegovina and to contribute to the building of democratic structures
and to the fostering of civil society, including the promotion of
human rights standards, and welcomes in this context further
cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe;

      6.    Underlines the responsibility of the parties to organize
free and fair municipal elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina and, in
this regard, welcomes the confirmation that the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe will supervise the preparation and
conduct of those elections;

      7.    Welcomes the readiness of the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe to continue to contribute in and around Bosnia
and Herzegovina to regional stabilization and, also in accordance with
the Peace Agreement, to assist the implementation of the agreements on
confidence- and security-building measures, on subregional arms
control, as well as to promote negotiations on regional arms control;

      8.    Also welcomes the readiness of the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe to support the Human Rights Office in
Sukhumi, Georgia, which forms part of the United Nations Observer
Mission in Georgia;

      9.    Fully supports the activities of the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe to achieve a peaceful solution to
the conflict in and around the Nagorny Karabakh region of the
Azerbaijan Republic, and welcomes cooperation between the United
Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in
this regard;

      10.   Welcomes the intensified cooperation and coordination
between the United Nations and the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe over the past year, for example in Tajikistan,
Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in the
provision of human rights training courses in Bosnia and Herzegovina,
and in collaboration on the subject of the return and reintegration of
refugees and other involuntarily displaced persons in countries of the
Commonwealth of Independent States;

      11.   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;

      12.   Requests the Secretary-General to continue exploring with
the Chairman-in-Office of the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe possibilities for further enhancement of
cooperation, information exchange and coordination between the United
Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe,
in accordance with Chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nations
and on the basis of the framework for cooperation and coordination
between the United Nations and the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe, 1/ avoiding as much as possible duplication and
overlapping in those areas where both organizations have their own
respective roles to play;

      13.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second 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-second session a report on cooperation between the United
Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in
implementation of the present resolution.

                                                          81st plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1996


                                     Notes

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

2/    See A/47/361-S/24370, annex; see Official Records of the Security
Council, Forty-seventh Year, Supplement for July, August and September
1992, document S/24370. 

3/    A/51/489 and Add.1.

4/    A/50/790-S/1995/999; see Official Records of the Security
Council, Fiftieth Year, Supplement for October, November and December
1995, document S/1995/999.

 

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