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of April 2, 1999

About the Declaration of heads of the State Parties of the CIS on the main directions of development of the Commonwealth of Independent States

Council of heads of states of the Commonwealth of Independent States solved:

1. Adopt the Declaration of heads of the State Parties of the CIS on the main directions of development of the Commonwealth of Independent States it (is applied).

2. Charge to the Executive Secretariat of the Commonwealth of Independent States to develop on the basis of the Declaration the action program on development of the Commonwealth.

It is made in the city of Moscow on April 2, 1999 in one authentic copy in Russian. The authentic copy is stored in the Executive Secretariat of the Commonwealth of Independent States which will send to each state which signed this Decision, its verified copy.


For the Azerbaijan Republic

For the Republic of Moldova

For the Republic of Armenia

For the Russian Federation

For the Republic of Belarus

For the Republic of Tajikistan

For Georgia

For the Republic of Uzbekistan

For the Republic of Kazakhstan

For Ukraine

For the Kyrgyz Republic


Declaration of heads of the State Parties of the CIS on the main directions of development of the Commonwealth of Independent States

We, heads of the State Parties of the Commonwealth of Independent States,

noting that the Commonwealth exerted positive impact on formation of the new sovereign independent states, the choice to each of them of own model of economic reforms and the state construction, forming between them qualitatively new, interstate relations,

noting further that the Commonwealth played important role in preserving diverse historical links between the people of our countries, promoted establishing equal mutually beneficial cooperation between the State Parties on new basis,

in view of the modern geopolitical realities which are characterized by globalization of economic and political development

realizing responsibility to the people for the fastest solution of acute social and economic issues and aiming to provide them high level of living,

being convinced that the most important purpose of the Commonwealth is providing basic rights and human freedoms according to the conventional principles and rules of international law and documents of the UN and OSCE,

confirming the rights of ethnic minorities to ethnic, cultural, language and religious originality, considering at the same time that observance of obligations by them in relation to the state of accommodation, on an equal basis with other citizens, as well as observance of all obligations in relation to ethnic minorities from the state of accommodation, is essential factor of the world, stability and democracy,

considering that development of multilateral cooperation within the CIS, and also the fastest entry of the State Parties of the Commonwealth into world economic space is equitable to their national interests,

aiming and to use further and in every possible way to develop the relations of friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation which developed between the State Parties,

relying on experience of existence of the CIS and summing up the results of work of the Special interstate forum concerning enhancement of activities of the CIS and its reforming,

we consider necessary to give new impulse to development of equal partnership and cooperation within the CIS, first of all in the field of economy, in the conditions of lasting peace, safety and democracy;

are convinced that deepening of versatile economic cooperation shall be one of the priority directions of further enhancement of activities of the CIS;

we confirm that creation of the free trade area of the CIS is objective need from the point of view of forming for the Commonwealth of full-fledged market infrastructure, transition to higher steps of economic cooperation, development in the future of the Common Economic Space based on free movement of goods, services, labor power and the capitals;

are sure that creation of the free trade area of the CIS will promote entry of the State Parties of the Commonwealth into world economic system, the entry of our states into the WTO, development of cooperation with other international organizations, adaptation to regulations and requirements of the relevant regional and universal international structures;

we express readiness to render assistance to development within the CIS of private entrepreneurship, multilateral production cooperation, to creation of transport corridors, adjustment of investment cooperation, development of the agricultural market, joint participation in projects implementation on development of fields of fuel and energy and raw material resources, joint entry of the companies of the State Parties of the CIS into foreign markets for rendering technical assistance to the third countries in construction of industrial and transport facilities, and also to resolve issues of freedom of transit, especially pipeline, road and rail transport;

we recognize that the State Parties of the CIS are faced also by other urgent problems which have cross-border nature and within the Commonwealth can be solved by their common efforts;

are convinced that, having achieved specific results in economic cooperation, the State Parties of the CIS will be able to interact more effectively and in other areas which are of mutual interest;

we consider as one of the main tasks of the State Parties of the Commonwealth growth in prosperity of citizens of our states, providing guarantees of the wide rights with it in education, health cares, social protection, cultural development;

we consider the useful and requiring continuation to the practician foreign policy consultations on topical international issues taking into account national interests of each of the State Parties of the CIS;

we confirm commitment to the fastest settlement taking place in the territories of the State Parties of the Commonwealth of armed conflicts by peaceful means with use of mechanisms and resources of the UN and OSCE on the basis of steady respect for territorial integrity, immunity of borders of the states and other universally recognized norms and the principles of international law;

we support building-up of efforts in fight against organized crime, terrorism and drug trafficking, menacing to stability and democracy in the State Parties of the CIS, and also their safety;

are convinced that active democratization of its activities, enhancement of mechanisms of decision making on the basis of consensus, their realization by bodies of the Commonwealth, establishing accurate interaction between them shall become the important directions of reforming of the CIS at this stage;


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