(Adopted at the fourth plenary session held on June 8, 2004)
Having seen the Annual Report of the Permanent Council to the General Assembly (AG/doc.4265/04 add. 5 corr. 1), in particular the section on the Committee on Hemispheric Security;
BEARING IN MIND:
That among the essential purposes of the OAS set forth in its Charter are to strengthen peace and security in the Hemisphere; guarantee the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of the states; eradicate extreme poverty, which constitutes an obstacle to the full democratic development of the peoples of the Hemisphere; and achieve an effective limitation of conventional weapons that will make it possible to devote the largest amount of resources to the economic and social development of the member states;
That, in the Declaration of Quebec City, adopted at the Third Summit of the Americas, the Heads of State and Government decided "[w]e will strive to limit military expenditures while maintaining capabilities commensurate with our legitimate security needs and will promote greater transparency in the acquisition of arms";
That, in that same declaration, the Heads of State and Government undertook to develop effective, practical, and compassionate solutions for the problems that confront our societies; and
That, in the Declaration of Santiago, Chile, the Ministers of Defense of the Americas referred to the need to promote and develop transparency in defense and public security policies, considering that they contribute to stability and security among states in the region;
BEARING IN MIND that in paragraph 15 of the Declaration on Security in the Americas, adopted in Mexico City, Mexico, on October 28, 2003, the states of the Hemisphere reaffirm their commitment to continue to strive to limit military spending while maintaining capabilities commensurate with their legitimate defense and security needs and fostering transparency in arms acquisitions and declare that continued implementation of confidence- and security-building measures is conducive to the creation of a favorable environment for this purpose;
That confidence- and security-building measures contribute to enhancing security, safeguarding peace, and consolidating democracy in the Americas, as well as to building transparency, dialogue, and trust in the Hemisphere;
That the study "Common Standardized Methodology for the Measurement of Defense Expenditures," developed by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) at the request of the Governments of Argentina and Chile, is a step forward in the area of confidence- and security-building measures; and
That the United Nations Standardized Reporting of Military Expenditures is a contribution to transparency and confidence-building;
APPLAUDING the contributions to disarmament and arms limitation and control in the region made by the states of the Hemisphere, especially in the 1974 Declaration of Ayacucho; the 1987 Esquipulas Agreements; the 1995 Framework Treaty on Democratic Security in Central America; the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaties (START I and II); the September 1991 Mendoza Commitment; the Quadripartite Agreement on safeguards signed by Brazil, Argentina, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials, in December 1991; the 1991 Declaration of Guadalajara and 2001 Declaration of Lima of the Ibero-American Summits; 1999 Political Declaration of MERCOSUR, Bolivia, and Chile as a Zone of Peace (Declaration of Ushuaia); the study "Common Standardized Methodology for the Measurement of Defense Expenditures," developed by ECLAC at the request of the Governments of Argentina and Chile; the Lima Commitment: 2002 Andean Charter for Peace and Security and the Limitation and Control of the Expenditure on Foreign Defense; the 2003 Consensus of Miami: Declaration by the Experts on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures: Recommendations to the Summit-Mandated Special Conference on Security; and the Declaration on Security in the Americas, adopted in Mexico City, Mexico, on October 28, 2003, which are exemplary initiatives of historic leadership; and
RECALLING its resolutions AG/RES. 1887 (XXXII-O/02) and AG/RES. 1963 (XXXIII-O/03), "Limitation of Military Spending," and AG/RES. 1694 (XXIX-O/99), "Dividends for Peace,"
1. To continue promoting in the Hemisphere an environment conducive to arms control, the limitation of conventional weapons, and the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, making it possible to devote a larger amount of resources to the economic and social development of the member states, which is an essential aim set forth in the Charter of the Organization of American States, bearing in mind the fulfillment of international commitments and the legitimate security and defense needs of the member states.
2. To urge member states to continue to implement confidence- and security-building measures that contribute to transparency so as to attain the goals indicated in the preceding paragraph, which represent a concrete step forward in strengthening peace and security in the Hemisphere.
3. To urge member states to participate in the United Nations Standardized International Reporting of Military Expenditures, in accordance with the pertinent United Nations resolution on this matter.
4. To request that member states provide to the Permanent Council their views on the topic of limitation of military expenditures and the promotion of greater transparency in the acquisition of arms, bearing in mind among other elements, the legitimate defense and security needs of the states.
5. To instruct the Permanent Council to continue considering, in the context of the work of the Committee on Hemispheric Security, and in compliance with the mandate contained in the Declaration adopted at the Summit of the Americas, held in Quebec City, Canada in 2001, the topic of limitation of military expenditures and the promotion of greater transparency in the acquisition of arms, bearing in mind, among other elements, the legitimate security and defense needs of the states and the unilateral, bilateral, subregional, and hemispheric perspective of the topic, and to organize, during the first half of 2005, a meeting of the Committee with the participation of experts on the subject and representatives of relevant subregional and international bodies.
6. To instruct the General Secretariat to support, within the resources allocated in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources, the activities of the Permanent Council that may be required for implementation of this resolution.
7. To request the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly at its thirty-fifth regular session on the implementation of this resolution.