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4 October 201718:23

Joint statement on comprehensive global stability by Collective Security Treaty Organisation member states at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly

1871-04-10-2017

 

Member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) express grave concern over the growing global instability, risks and threats, as well as the propensity of international relations towards conflict, the erosion of the principle of equal responsibility for peace and stability, mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs.

Negative factors affecting comprehensive stability continue unabated. The ongoing efforts to deploy the global missile defence system, the development of high-precision long-range conventional weapons that can perform strategic missions, the threat of strike weapons being deployed in space, the quantitative and qualitative imbalances in conventional arms, and the lack of progress in ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) present an increasingly serious threat to international peace and security and prevent further disarmament efforts, including nuclear disarmament.

Against this backdrop, the CSTO member states reaffirm their commitment to the concept of comprehensive stability, based on cooperation, equal and indivisible security, as well as their commitment to restoring trust and promoting constructive dialogue as a way of preventing the risk of an arms race and further stepping up dangerous military activity at the expense of long-term security interests.

The CSTO member states confirm their readiness to facilitate in every possible way the improvement of the military and political climate and resolve conflicts only by peaceful, political means guided by the purposes and principles enshrined in the UN Charter, as well as the universally recognised norms and principles of international law.

The CSTO member states reaffirm their commitment to building a world free from nuclear weapons, and are confident that the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) remains the cornerstone of the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and provides a foundation for promoting nuclear disarmament for strengthening international stability and equal and indivisible security for all countries without exception. The CSTO member states call for ensuring that the NPT remains an integral and viable instrument as part of their international commitments.

The CSTO member states welcome the signing of international treaties on the reduction and limitation of nuclear arms and stress the importance for all parties to strictly abide by these instruments. They urge all states with military nuclear capability to join the discussion on possible ways of making the process of reduction and limitation of nuclear arms multilateral.

The CSTO member states note the importance of preventing the appearance of weapons in outer space and the conversion of space into an area of armed confrontation. They stress the urgency of the need to develop a legally binding international instrument guaranteeing that outer space would be free of weapons, on the basis of the Russian-Chinese draft Treaty on Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space and of the Threat or Use of Force Against Outer Space Objects (PPWT). They lay particular emphasis on the importance of the international initiative/political obligation not to be the first to deploy weapons in space as the first step towards the PPWT and a major measure of transparency and trust in space activities, as well as continuing efforts to make it a global initiative.

The growing danger of terrorist organisations and criminal groups acquiring chemical and biological weapons and using them for terrorist, violent extremist or other criminal acts, as well as their getting access to relevant technologies and components of such weapons, is a matter of grave concern. To counter this threat, it is necessary to upgrade the existing international legal framework. The CSTO member states consider it urgent and support the drafting of an international convention on countering chemical and biological terrorism at the Geneva Conference on Disarmament.

Arms control is an important tool for strengthening international security and stability. All measures in this area should be regulated by the fundamental principles enshrined in the final document of the First Special Session of the UN General Assembly devoted to Disarmament in 1978, which remains highly relevant. It is extremely important for any arms reduction and limitation measures to be equitable and balanced and to lead to the consolidation of each state’s security in fact rather than in word.

The CSTO member states remain committed to taking effective measures to prevent the development of new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons.

The CSTO member states advocate the pooling of efforts by all states to strengthen comprehensive stability in all of its aspects as a foundation for ensuring durable peace and reliable, equal and indivisible security for all. To achieve this goal, they call on the international community to immediately start drafting a comprehensive programme based on the following principles:

in the political area: strict compliance by all states, groups of states and international organisations with all the goals and principles of the UN Charter without exception, as well as universally recognised norms and principles of international law which regulate, among other things, the use of force and coercive measures, ensure respect for the legitimate interests of states and peoples in addressing current international issues or considering regional situations, and postulate that unauthorised interference in the internal affairs of other states is unacceptable;

in the military area: consistent limitation of military capability, taking confidence-building measures and measures to promote security, transparency and predictability; refraining from the use or threat of force; refraining from any military organisational development steps that could be perceived by other members of the international community as a threat to their national security and that would compel them to respond in order to restore the upset balance.

The CSTO member states reiterate their call on all members of the international community to act on the basis of the aforementioned principles aimed at strengthening international peace, security and stability. On this basis, they intend to promote dialogue and cooperation with all interested states and international organisations, including with the purpose of consolidating the viability of the key multilateral instruments in the area of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation.

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs                      Minister of Foreign Affairs

     of the Republic of Armenia                     of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs                      Minister of Foreign Affairs

of the Republic of Belarus                       of the Russian Federation

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs                      Minister of Foreign Affairs

   of the Republic of Kazakhstan                of the Republic of Tajikistan

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