REGULATION on the Status of Partner of the Collective Security Treaty Organization

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REGULATION
on the Status of Partner of the Collective Security Treaty Organization

 

As a follow-up to Article 4 of the CSTO Charter of 7 October 2002, this Regulation on the Status of Partner (hereinafter referred to as “the Regulation”) of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (hereinafter referred to as “the CSTO” or “the Organization”) shall establish the legal status of Partner of the CSTO (hereinafter referred to as “the Partner”), as well as the modalities and procedure of granting thereof to an interested state or international organization or the procedure of termination of this status.

I. General provisions

1.1     The Partner shall be a state or an international organization that shares the CSTO goals and principles and is willing to establish and develop mutually beneficial cooperative relations with the Organization and accept the obligation to participate in the CSTO’s actions and is granted this status as specified in the Regulation.

1.2     The status of Partner shall be granted to a state or international organization interested in practical cooperation with the CSTO in all or specific areas of the CSTO activities envisaged by the Collective Security Treaty, the Charter and other international treaties effective within the Organization.

1.3     A state willing to receive the Partner status shall comply with the following criteria and conditions:

-        be a Member State of the United Nations, fulfill in good faith all its obligations under the UN Charter, respect universally recognized principles and norms of international law;

-        have diplomatic relations with all Member States of the CSTO;

-        have no international obligations in the field of security contrary to relevant international treaties and other documents signed within the CSTO;

-        express willingness to assist the Organization in fulfilling certain CSTO mandated tasks;

-        be in no armed conflict with another state or states;

-        have no territorial disputes with neighbouring states;

-        be in no internal armed conflict;

-        support settlement of international disputes exclusively by peaceful means;

-        support settlement of intra-State, inter-ethic, territorial and political disputes in accordance with universally recognized principles and norms of international law, including provisions of the UN Charter, and of the Helsinki Final Act;

-        be under no UN Security Council sanctions for the violation of universally recognized principles and norms of international law;

-        refrain from the threat or use of force;

-        observe international regimes for the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction;

-        support international efforts to counter terrorism, trafficking in narcotic drugs and their precursors, as well as other today’s challenges and threats to international security and stability.

1.4     An international organization willing to receive the Partner status shall comply with the following criteria and conditions:

-        act in strict compliance with the UN Charter, decisions of the UN Security Council and universally recognized principles and norms of international law;

-        act in areas related to those of the CSTO activities;

-        adhere to the policy of strengthening confidence-building measures and ensuring international peace, security and stability;

-        support settlement of international disputes exclusively by peaceful means in accordance with universally recognized principles and norms of international law;

-        support settlement of intra-State, inter-ethic, territorial and political disputes in accordance with universally recognized principles and norms of international law, including provisions of the UN Charter, and of the Helsinki Final Act;

-        support observance of international regimes for the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; and

-        support international efforts to counter terrorism, trafficking in narcotic drugs and their precursors, as well as other today’s challenges and threats to international security and stability.

II. Modalities of granting the Partner status.

Partner rights and obligations

2.1     The procedure of granting the status.

2.1.1 A state or an international organization willing to receive the Partner status shall send an application signed by the Head of State (Head of Government) or head of the international organization to the CSTO Secretary General requesting the CSTO Collective Security Council (hereinafter referred to as “the CSC” or “the Council”) to grant the status of Partner.

The application shall specify areas of the CSTO activities that are of interest to the candidate to Partner and where this candidate intends to practically participate and declare the willingness to refrain from any actions that may be detrimental to the interests of CSTO and its Member States.

2.1.2 The CSTO Secretary General, if necessary, may ask for additional information on the substance of such request, then shall send it to the CSTO Member States, inform the candidate to Partner that its application has been approved and arrange preparation of the documents related to the request to grant the Partner status no later than within three months.

2.1.3 The CSTO Secretary General shall submit prepared draft documents in due course to the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the Council of Ministers of Defense, the Committee of Secretaries of the Security Councils (hereinafter referred to as “the CMFA, CMD, CSSC”, respectively) and the Council.

2.1.4 The decision to grant or terminate the CSTO Partner status shall be taken by the Council by consensus on the basis of the submission by the CMFA in coordination with the CMD and the CSSC, and the CSTO Secretary General shall notify the respective state or international organization of the decision taken within ten days after its coming into force.

2.1.5 During the review of the request for granting the status of Partner, official representatives of the respective state or international organization may be invited to meetings of the CSTO Permanent Council (hereinafter referred to as “the Permanent Council”), CMFA, CMD, CSSC and then the Council meetings.

2.1.6 The Council shall be entitled to refuse to grant the Partner status. This issue may be re-opened not earlier than two years later.

2.1.7 The Partner status shall take effect following the signing between the CSTO (represented by the CSTO Secretary General) and the state or international organization of a protocol on granting a state or an international organization the Partner status (hereinafter referred to as “the Protocol”) that specifies the areas and forms of cooperation between the state or international organization and the CSTO.

2.2     Partner rights and obligations

2.2.1 The Partner shall have the right to:

a)       accede to international treaties concluded in the framework of the CSTO, if a relevant treaty provides for such an option or by signing a separate international treaty between the Partner and all States Parties to the relevant CSTO international treaty;

b)      participate in and make statements in an advisory capacity at open meetings of the CSTO Council, advisory and executive bodies, the Permanent Council and subsidiary bodies and working groups when Protocol-specified issues are considered;

c)       receive, as necessary, through the permanent working bodies of the Organization documents and decisions adopted by the Council, advisory and executive bodies, the Permanent Council and subsidiary bodies and working groups if their distribution is not restricted;

d)      disseminate their materials and documents on Protocol-specified issues;

e)      participate directly in CSTO collective security system joint exercises, operations and operational and preventive activities, given the common consent of the CSTO Member States; and

f)       participate in academic and expert meetings (fora, conferences and seminars), exhibitions and other events in areas of cooperation with the Partner.

2.2.2 At the request of the Partner and with the consent of the Member States of the Organization, texts of statements or documents referred to in paragraph 2.2.1 d) of this Regulation may be published on the CSTO official website.

2.2.3 The Partner shall inform the permanent working bodies of the Organization of its intention to participate in CSTO bodies’ meetings and in CSTO events no later than 30 working days before the event unless otherwise stipulated by its organizer.

Upon receipt of such request, the CSTO Secretary General shall immediately inform the CSTO Member States of the Partner’s intention to participate in the said events.

The level of the Partner’s representation at such events shall correspond to that of CSTO Member States’ representation.

2.2.4 By mutual agreement, meetings or consultations may be held in a format “the CSTO Member States and the Partner” or “the permanent working bodies and the Partner.” Following the meeting or consultation, a protocol may be adopted and signed by representatives of the CSTO Member States (or CSTO permanent working bodies) and the Partner at the level of these meetings and consultations.

The protocols of meetings or consultations shall be drafted in Russian with its copies sent by the CSTO Secretary General to the CSTO Member States.

2.2.5 The Partners shall establish and maintain formal contact with the Organization via the CSTO permanent working bodies through its diplomatic and other missions.

2.2.6 The Partner should refrain from any actions and/or statements that may be detrimental to the interests of the Organization and CSTO Member States.

2.2.7 The Partner should withhold information received in the course of cooperation with the CSTO in a confidential manner.

2.2.8 The Partner shall bear all the costs of its participation in the CSTO events.

2.2.9 The Partner, if necessary, shall provide translations of documents and statements from the official language of the Partner into Russian and from Russian into the official language of the Partner.

III. Modalities of termination of the Partner status

3.1     Should the Partner commits actions and/or makes statements against one of the CSTO Member States or the Organization itself, as well as the provisions of the CSTO Charter and decisions of the CSTO bodies, by the Council’s decision the Partner status of such state or organization may be revoked in accordance with the procedure established in paragraph 2.1.4 of this Regulation with the Protocol terminated by the CSTO unilaterally. The CSTO Secretary General shall notify the respective state or international organization of the decision taken within one week from the date of its entry into force.

3.2     The Partner may renounce its Partner status by notifying thereof the CSTO Secretary General, who shall inform the CMFA, CMD, CSSC and the Council. The Partner status shall be deemed revoked from the date of entry into force of the Council’s relevant decision. The CSTO Secretary General shall notify the respective state or international organization of the decision taken by the Council within ten days.

3.3     The termination of the Partner status shall not exempt the respective state or international organization from fulfilment of the obligations accepted during the period of enjoyment of this status, including withholding of confidential information.

IV. Final provisions

4.1     Amendments and supplements may be made to this Regulation by mutual consent of the CSTO Member States and shall become effective on the date of their approval by the Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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