OSCE PA adopts Baku Declaration

Importance of invoilability of borders of the OSCE members and honoring the principle of territorial integrity emphasized in the Helsinki Final act

Baku. 02 July. REPORT.AZ/ Baku Declaration has been adopted within the 23rd session of the OSCE PA in Azerbaijan’s capital.

The document says that taking measures to resolve conflicts in the OSCE area, achieving progress in the resolution of these conflicts through negotiations and peaceful means, as well as according to the Charter of the United Nations, OSCE Helsinki Final Act and international law are one of the main tasks of the OSCE. The declaration emphasizes the importance of inviolability of borders of the OSCE member states and honoring the principles of territorial integrity envisaged in the Helsinki Final Act. It calls for taking new measures to prevent illegal arms trade that is widespread in the conflict zones and causing the death of a large number of people, including civilians each year.

The document expresses concern over the tendencies of using information and communication technologies as well as internet and social networks for terrorist purposes, calls for terrorism and their funding. The OSCE member countries are called on to take necessary measures in order to prevent the use of information and communication technologies as well as internet and social networks for terrorist purposes and to ensure the compliance of these measures with the national and international law and the political commitments undertaken within the OSCE.

The declaration widely covers the Ukrainian crisis as well. The document expresses support for the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine and urges the OSCE member countries to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity in the international platforms.

The Baku Declaration also touches on cyber security, continuation of cooperation with Afghanistan, protection and promotion of the socio-economic rights in the OSCE region, food safety, immigration matters, states of refugees and internally displaced persons, protection of cultural property, the fight against torture, etc.

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