8Perhaps the most important of all multilateral talks are the Negotiations on
Confidence- and Security-Building Measures (CSBM). These talks take place
simultaneously with the CFE talks, and both are colocated in the Hofburg Palace
in Vienna. For most delegations, the negotiators are the same people for both
talks. In earlier chapters we presented snapshots of what the CSCE and CDE
processes are, as well as explaining what CSBMs are and their significance to
European security. In this chapter we will examine more closely the actual process involved and current proposals under discussion.
Current CSBM Negotiations
THE MANDATEAll negotiations have objectives or desired outcomes. The objectives of the
CSBM talks are published in the CSCE Concluding Document, dated January
15, 1989, commonly called the Vienna Mandate. This charter contains five major concerns:
|That the 1986 Stockholm CSBM agreement "was a politically significant achievement
and that its measures are an important step in efforts aimed at reducing the risk of military
confrontation in Europe."|
|That the full effect of the Stockholm measures will depend on their implementation,
although initial implementation was encouraging.|
|That the Negotiations on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures will "build upon
and expand the results" of Stockholm by adopting "a new set of mutually complementary (CSBMS) designed to reduce the risk of military confrontation in Europe."|
|That these negotiations will take place in accordance with the 1983 Madrid CSCE follow-
up conference concluding document.|
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Book title: On Disarmament:The Role of Conventional Arms Control in National Security Strategy.
Contributors: Ralph A. Hallenbeck - Editor, David E. Shaver - Editor, William F. Burns - Author.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1991.
Page number: 121.
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