Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Forum for Security Co-operation



16 November 1999

Original: ENGLISH

269th Plenary Meeting

FSC Journal No. 275



The participating States of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE):

Recognizing that the excessive and destabilizing accumulation and uncontrolled spread of small arms and light weapons manufactured for military use (hereinafter referred to as "small arms"), which have contributed to the intensity and duration of the majority of recent armed conflicts, are of great concern to the international community; pose a threat and a challenge to peace and security, in particular as an element in terrorist activity and armed conflicts; are closely related to high levels of violence and crime; reduce the prospect of sustainable development and undermine the efforts to ensure a truly indivisible and comprehensive security;

Supporting the decision of the General Assembly of the United Nations to convene an international Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, to be held no later than the year 2001, and to encourage the Conference to take a broad and comprehensive approach while addressing this issue;

Convinced of the important contribution, that appropriate measures with regard to small arms can make in the OSCE region; and taking note of the impetus given by the various initiatives in other fora, in particular the European Union "Joint Action" on small arms;

Recalling Chapter IV of the Lisbon Document 1996 on the "Development of the Agenda of the Forum for Security Co-operation", in which it was decided that the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) would consider further efforts to develop Norm- and Standard- Setting Measures (NSSMs), as well as the possibility of the adoption of the new NSSMs; and

Seeking to make their own specific contribution to managing this problem:

Decide that the FSC:

While addressing the study and the development of measures, the FSC will be guided, inter alia, by the following approaches: