PERMANENT COUNCIL OF THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES

OEA/Ser.G
CP/RES. 639 (1010/94)
9 November 1994
Original: Spanish

REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONFIDENCE- AND SECURITY-BUILDING MEASURES

THE PERMANENT COUNCIL OF THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES,

HAVING SEEN:

Resolutions AG/RES. 1121 and AG/RES. 1123 (XXI-O/91), AG/RES. 1237 (XXIII-O/93), and AG/RES. 1288 (XXIV-O/94) on the strengthening of peace and security in the Hemisphere, and resolutions AG/RES. 1179 (XXII-O/92), AG/RES. 1180 (XXII-O/92), and AG/RES. 1236 (XXIII-O/93) on cooperation for hemispheric security;

The report of the Special Committee on Hemispheric Security pertaining to the Meeting of Experts on Confidence- and Security-building Measures in the Region held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from March 15 to 18, 1994 (CP/doc.2492/94), and the documents issued at that meeting; and

The Government of Chile's offer to host a Regional Conference on Confidence- and Security-building Measures;

RECOGNIZING that the new international and regional situation and, in particular, the widespread democratization of the Hemisphere afford an opportunity to deepen dialogue on hemispheric security and cooperation and to foster the strengthening of mutual confidence so as to further the consolidation of peace and security through the adoption of measures and policies whereby increased resources would be channeled to the economic and social development of the member states; and

BEARING IN MIND the progress achieved in this area, both within the inter-American system and in other multilateral arenas, as well as the contributions of the American nations to disarmament and arms control; and

CONSIDERING:

That confidence-building measures, as a means of contributing to security, may be conducive to the firm and continuing resolve not to engage in conflict; to renunciation of the use or threatened use of force; and to the use of measures for the peaceful settlement of disputes, in full compliance with the rule of international law and the OAS and UN Charters; and

That peace and security among the member states of the Hemisphere are essential conditions for socioeconomic development, for combating poverty, and for deepening integration processes,

RESOLVES:

1. To hold in 1995, after the twenty-fifth regular session of the General Assembly, a Regional Conference on Confidence- and Security-building Measures.

2. To accept the Government of Chile's offer to host the meeting, and to thank the Government for its willingness to assist in organizing and holding the meeting.

3. To instruct the Special Committee on Hemispheric Security to convene preparatory meetings to be held in Washington in 1995 to prepare the draft agenda and formulate a work plan for the meeting, which should take account of the experience acquired by the Meeting of Experts held in Buenos Aires and of national positions on the matter, and to report back to the Permanent Council.

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