Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 16th December 1996.
Organisation for Security and Co-
Sir Peter Emery: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his speech at the Lisbon summit of 2 December, if he will make a statement on the role of the parliamentary assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-
The Prime Minister: I represented the United Kingdom at the summit meeting of the Organisation for Security and Co-
The summit welcomed a separate decision on the mandate for negotiation next year on modernising the treaty on conventional forces in Europe.
In the margins of the summit, I had discussions with several Heads of State and Government, including the Presidents of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Chancellor Kohl of Germany, Prime Minister Chernomyrdin of Russia and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel.
Prospects for strengthening European security in the next century were the theme of many speeches to the summit and of my bilateral meetings. I explained to Prime Minister Chernomyrdin not only that enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union would be evolutionary transparent processes, but our strong conviction that European security for the future should be built in partnership with Russia.
The declaration on the security model includes a decision to consider developing a charter on European security which can serve the needs of our peoples in the new century. The United Kingdom will contribute actively to this work. We shall emphasise the need for security organisations which adhere to OSCE commitments to work together, as in Bosnia, to defuse tension, prevent conflict, and build prosperous, democratic civil society throughout Europe.
The Lisbon declaration draws attention to the OSCE's expanding role in conflict prevention, management and resolution, including particularly the high commissioner on national minorities and long-