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The Forum for Problems of Peace and Security: A New Concept of Security in Europe

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The purpose of this paper is to present ideas and suggest political action that might help the transformation of European security after the events that took place between 1989 and 1992. It is written bearing in mind the verification conference on the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Helsinki, spring 1992.
European security, which is seen as one of the dimensions of global security, ought to be considered with regard to its cultural roots. The new European identity, which is based on the general values of democracy, justice and solidarity, ought to be shaped so as to exist simultaneously with a newly defined but also undenied regional and national inheritance. By building a common awareness the new Europeans will be able to resist the challenges of their initial unrootedness and the social turmoils which occur thanks to economic policy which corresponds to the "market against the government" ideology.
Priority ought to be given to the maintenance or the creation of larger units rather than to the disintegration into small sovereign states. However, a new independent state will have to be recognized whenever it is created as a multiparty democracy at a free referendum under international control and whenever it accepts and implements the criteria of the U.N. and the CSCE with regard to human rights, minority rights, and a peaceful solution of conflicts.

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