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OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation
16 October 2012 00:00

The politico-military dimension is one of the key elements of the OSCE activity and is the competence of the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC). The FSC was established as part of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe under the decision adopted at the July 1992 CSCE Helsinki Summit. The FSC was mandated to conduct negotiations on arms control, disarmament and confidence- and security-building, with additional tasks to enhance regular consultation and intensify cooperation on security matters and to further the process of reducing the risk of conflict.

At present the FSC remains the main decision-making Forum on the implementation of politico-military confidence- and security-building measures (CSBMs) in the OSCE region, on conventional arms control and disarmament.

Since its establishment, the FSC has adopted the number of important documents in the politico-military sphere, such as:

  • Vienna Document 1999;
  • Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security;
  • Global Exchange of Military Information;
  • Document on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW);
  • Document on Stockpiles of Conventional Ammunition (SCA);
  • OSCE Principles Governing Non-Proliferation;
  • Principles Governing Conventional Arms Transfers.

In 2013-2017, the delegation of Ukraine has been drawing within the FSC a special attention to the on-going aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, illegal occupation of the Ukrainian territories and attempted annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, unusual military activities of Russia in the vicinity of the South-Eastern borders of Ukraine and deteriorating situation in and around Ukraine caused by the comprehensive support provided by Russia to the illegal armed formations in Donbas.

The OSCE participating States have been firmly and consistently supporting the efforts of our state on protecting its unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity within the internationally recognized borders and calling Russia to do likewise, and to return to the tenets of the international law and good faith fulfillment of its international commitments.

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