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Charter of the Commonwealth of Independent States

The states which voluntarily united to the Commonwealth of Independent States (further - the Commonwealth),

based on the historical community of the people and the communications which developed between them,

being effective according to the conventional principles and rules of international law, provisions of Articles of organization of the United Nations, the Helsinki Final act and other documents of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe,

aiming to provide with common efforts economic and social progress of the people,

the full of determination to realize provisions of the Agreement on creation of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Protocol to this Agreement, and also provisions of the Almaty declaration,

developing the cooperation among themselves in providing international peace and safety, and it is equal for the purpose of maintenance of the civil world and interethnic concord,

wishing to create conditions for preserving and development of cultures of all people of state members,

aiming to enhance mechanisms of the cooperation in the Commonwealth and to increase their efficiency,

decided to accept the Charter of the Commonwealth and

agreed as follows:

Section I. Purposes and principles

Article 1

The commonwealth is founded on the beginnings of sovereign equality of all his members. State members are independent and equal subjects of international law.

The commonwealth serves further development and strengthening of the relations of friendship, neighborliness, interethnic concord, trust, mutual understanding and mutually beneficial cooperation between gosudarstvamichlena.

The commonwealth on is the state and has no supranational powers.

Article 2

The purposes of the Commonwealth are:

implementation of the cooperation in political, economic, ecological, humanitarian, cultural and other areas;

the all-round and balanced economic and social development of state members within the Common Economic Space, interstate cooperation and integration;

providing the rights and fundamental freedoms of the person according to the conventional principles and rules of international law and documents of CSCE;

cooperation between state members in providing international peace and safety, implementation of effective measures for reduction of armaments and military expenses, liquidation nuclear and other types of weapon of mass destruction, to achievement of general and complete disarmament;

assistance to citizens of state members in free communication, contacts and movement in the Commonwealth;

mutual legal assistance and cooperation in other spheres of legal relations;

peaceful resolution of disputes and conflicts between the states of the Commonwealth.

Article 3

For goal achievement of the Commonwealth state members, proceeding from the universally recognized norms of international law and the Helsinki Final act, build the relations according to the following interconnected and equivalent principles:

respect of sovereignty of state members, the inalienable right of the people to self-determination and the rights to dispose of the destiny without external interference;

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