“Security Model” to be Submitted for Approval

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A document called the "European Security Model" will be discussed and later submitted for the OSCE Summit’s approval within the next year.

The recent OSCE Foreign Ministers’ Summit in Copenhagen assumed the basic principles of the future document under the name of "References of the Document-Charter of the Model of European Security," first Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Vardan Oskanian said at a news conference on Monday–adding that the document mainly aimed at creating a single and indivisible security space in Europe and the OSCE as an all-European structure should play the principle part in it.

According to Oskanian–the OSCE will have much greater possibilities in preventing conflicts and settling crises.

It was decided following discussions that the future document should be fully based on the ten basic principles of the Helsinki Final Act. Oskanian referred to the significance of that fact–stressing the importance of the principles of the Helsinki Act–including the principle of self-determination of nations.

Following discussions–at the request of some countries–including Armenia–the clause providing for application of the "consensus minus one" principle in case a country consistently violates the OSCE principles or defies the opinion of the majority was removed from the initial variant of the document.

The document also contains wording entitling each OSCE member-country to independently decide on measures to ensure its own security–given that these measures pose no danger to another country’s security. Armenia argues that the system of single and comprehensive security in Europe should be based on the principle of interrelationship and intersupplement.

It was mentioned that Armenia viewed its military cooperation with Russia as mutual guarantees ensuring integrity–as well as its cooperation within the system of CIS Collective Security and within the framework of NATO’s Partnership For Peace Program.

Those attending the Copenhagen Summit also agreed that the future document should be purely a political and not a legal one.

The summit decided to appoint an OSCE representative on issues of freedom of the press in OSCE member-states to perform mostly supervisory functions.


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