One of the aims of the new CSCE/OSCE is to strengthen co-operative security throughout the OSCE area. An elaborate system of confidence-building measures makes it possible to control military activities and provides at the same time for a number of early warning indicators. The OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation meeting every week and consulting on all security related matters is an essential part of a developing co-operative security system. At the same time, the Forum is a negotiating body.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was created in the early 1970s. Under the name of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), it was called upon to serve as a multilateral forum for dialogue and negotiation between East and West. The development of Confidence and Security-Building Measures has accompanied the CSCE process from the very beginning. The first confidence building measures were introduced by the Helsinki Final Act. The Madrid Follow-up Meeting (1980 - 1983) gave the mandate to hold a dedicated Conference on Confidence- and Security Building Measures and Disarmament in Europe (CDE). The CDE took place in Stockholm (1984 - 1986) and resulted in the Stockholm Document, adopted on 19 September 1986. It significantly improved the CBMs. Negotiations on the further development of CSBMs have since then been continued in the Forum for Security Co-operation.
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