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.