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Agreement on first-priority measures for protection of the victims of armed conflicts

of September 24, 1993

The State Parties of this agreement, further - the Parties,

being deeply concerned about the disturbing situation which developed on the considerable part of the territory of the former USSR in connection with armed conflicts for national, religious and political motives

emphasizing need of protection of the victims of the armed conflicts and persons which are not involved in armed conflicts, first of all, of the civilians and the military personnel who are not belonging to fighting forming of conflicting parties

in view of that the Parties confirmed the obligations following from the international human rights documents

based on the humane principles and regulations of the Geneva conventions on protection of the victims of war of August 12, 1949 and Additional protocols to them of June 8, 1977, and also on other obligations following from provisions and the principles of international humanitarian law

resolutely condemning gross violations of international humanitarian law: application of the forbidden means and methods of conducting military operations, attack on the civilian population and civil objects, capture of hostages, tortures and other types of infringement of human dignity and so forth,

confirming determination to put the end to armed conflicts,

agreed as follows:

Article 1.

The parties will cooperate on the bilateral and multilateral basis in acceptance of the necessary measures directed to prevention of human rights violations and regulations of the humanitarian law in regions of armed conflicts.

Article 2.

The parties if they do not participate in the corresponding international treaties yet, will make efforts for the fastest registration of the legal succession concerning international treaties of the former USSR in the field of international humanitarian law imposing obligations on the states and all participants of armed conflicts and will bring the national legal system into accord with regulations and the principles of international humanitarian law.

Article 3.

The parties if it is not made yet, in perhaps shorter terms will adopt the national legal acts guaranteeing social protection and compensation of material damage to the persons injured with armed conflicts.

Article 4.

The parties will undertake immediate agreed measures for protection of the persons illegally imprisoned for the reasons connected with armed conflict irrespective of, they are interned or are detained, and also for return of prisoners of war and unconditional release of hostages.

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