June 5, 1997


THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

HAVING SEEN the report of the Permanent Council on hemispheric security (AG/doc.3517/97);

RECALLING that the Declaration of Santiago on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures states that "e; the strengthening of bilateral and multilateral dialogue facilitates mutual understanding and increased collaboration in the face of the challenges of the next century. Confidence- and security-building measures in the Americas are especially significant for building ties of friendship and cooperation"

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT:
That the strengthening of peace and security in the Hemisphere is one of the essential purposes of the Organization of American States, and that economic and social development and cooperation among the member states are vital to that goal;

That it is necessary and appropriate to pursue and intensify dialogue to strengthen peace, confidence, and security in the region;

TAKING NOTE of resolutions AG/RES. 1237 (XXIII-O/93), "Meeting of Experts on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures in the Region," AG/RES. 1284 (XXIV-O/94), "Information on Military Expenditures and Register of Conventional Arms," AG/RES. 1288 (XXIV-O/94), "Confidence- and Security-Building Measures in the Region," and AG/RES. 1409 (XXVI-O/96), "Confidence- and Security-Building Measures"; and

CONSIDERING that the General Assembly, through resolution AG/RES. 1412 (XXVI-O/96), convened a regional conference to follow up on the Santiago Regional Conference on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures,

RESOLVES:

1. To express its appreciation to the Government of El Salvador and accept its offer to host the Second Regional Conference on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures.

2. To instruct the Permanent Council to carry out, through its Committee on Hemispheric Security, the preparatory work for the Conference, including preparation and approval of the agenda, with a view to holding it in February 1998.

3. To instruct the General Secretariat to lend support for holding the conference, within allocated resources approved in the program-budget and other resources.

4. To instruct the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly at its twenty-eighth regular session on the implementation of this resolution.