1991

E.C. Declaration on the Guidelines on Recognition of New States in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union December 16

The states of the community confirm their attachment to principle of self-determination. They affirm their readiness to recognise, subject to the normal standards of international practice… those new states which have constitute themselves on a democratic basis, have accepted the appropriate international obligations and have committed themselves to a peaceful process and to negotiations, therefore, a common position on the process of recognition of these new states, which requires:

- respect for the provisions of the UN Charter, rule of law, democracy and human rights - guaranties for the rights of ethnic and national groups and minorities - respect for the inviolability of all frontiers - acceptance of all relevant commitments with regard to disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation - commitment to settle by agreement all question concerning state succession, and the regional disputes The community will not recognise entities which are the result of aggression.