On Disarmament: The Role of Conventional Arms Control in National Security Strategy

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Appendix A: Mandate for Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe
a. Preamble.

The representatives of Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, the German Democratic Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, held consultations in Vienna from the 17th February 1987 to the 9th of January 1989.

These states:
Conscious of [the] their common responsibility [which they have] for seeking to achieve greater stability and security in Europe;
Acknowledging that it is their armed forces which bear most immediately on the essential security relationship in Europe, in particular, as they are signatories of the Treaties of Brussels ( 1948), Washington ( 1949) or Warsaw ( 1955), and accordingly are members of the North Atlantic Treaty or parties to the Warsaw Treaty;
Recalling that they are all participants in the CSCE process;
Recalling that, as reaffirmed in the Helsinki Final Act, they have the right to belong or not to belong to international organizations, to be or not to be a party to bilateral or multilateral treaties including the right to be or not to be a party to treaties of alliance;
Determined that a negotiation on conventional armed forces in Europe should take place in the framework of the CSCE process;
Reaffirming also that they participate in negotiations as sovereign and independent states and on the basis of full equality;
Have agreed on the following provisions.
b. Participants. The participants in this negotiation shall be the 23 above-listed states hereinafter referred to as "the Participants."
c. Objectives and Methods.
The objectives of the negotiation shall be to strengthen stability and security in Europe through the establishment of a stable and secure balance of conventional armed

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