30 June 1992       Doc 6642

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

on current European conflicts and the CSCE process

presented by Mr ATKINSON and others


1.       Ethnic conflicts between Serbs, Croats and Muslims continue in Bosnia-Herzogovina and Croatia despite repeated attempts to introduce negotiations on the part of the European Community and the involvement of United Nations peace-keeping forces.

2.       There is growing danger that similar conflicts will erupt in Kosovo and Macedonia, with the threat of armed intervention from neighbouring states.

3.       Similar ethnic conflicts are continuing in Moldova, in Ossetia between Russia and Georgia and in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

4.       Such conflicts have led to great loss of life, irreparable destruction of European heritage and are resulting in a growing refugee problem.

5.       Such conflicts wholly contradict the principles of the Helsinki Process and the spirit of the Paris Charter signed at the last CSCE Summit in November 1990, to which the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia were parties.

6.       Such conflicts expose the urgent need to improve CSCE mechanisms for the prevention of conflict and the peaceful resolution of disputes.

7.       Therefore, the Assembly invites the governments of member states:

i.       to advance new measures to provide for such ethnic disputes involving national referenda and binding arbitration;

ii.       to urge the acceptance that changes in existing frontiers may be necessary to secure lasting peace;

iii.       to confirm the establishment of a European peace-making force to be used as a last resort.

Signed:       ATKINSON, SÄRKIJÄRVI, LITHERLAND, TALAY, O'BRIEN, TERNAK, KOVACS, COLUMBERG, RUFFY, EISMA, BÖHM, TOSHEV, SPRUNG, PFUHL, SEITLINGER, PROBST F, GOTZEV, SEVERINSEN, BORG, PAHOR.