Declaration no. 142-N of the Soviet of the Republics of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR

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Declaration on the occasion of the creation of the Commonwealth of the Independent States.

December 26, 1991, no. 142-N

The Soviet of the Republics of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, following the will of the supreme state organisations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, of the Republic of Armenia, of the Republic of Belarus, of the Republic of Kazakhstan, of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, of the Republic of Moldova, of the Russian Federation, of the Republic of Tajikistan, of Turkmenistan, of the Republic of Uzbekistan and of Ukraine regarding the creation of the Commonwealth of the Independent States, stipulates that with the creation of Commonwealth of the Independent States, the Union of SSR[1] ceases to exist as a state and as a subject of international law.

The Soviet of the Republics of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR addresses the heads of the Independent States with a proposition to put the following questions under consideration:

- About the legal continuity of the Union of SSR and of the union-level power bodies and questions of power regarding the creation of the Commonwealth of the Independent States.

- About the creation of the inter-parliamentary body of the Commonwealth to preserve the united legal, economical, humanitarian and ecological space on territories of the member states of the Commonwealth.

- About the ratification, enforcement of and/or nullification of international treaties signed by the Union of SSR before the creation of the Commonwealth.

The Soviet of the Republics of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR calls to the highest representative organs and to the heads of the member states of the Commonwealth to do everything in their power to enforce the rights and freedoms of the citizens of all ethnicities according to the Universal declaration of human rights, peaceful coexistence of the peoples of the Commonwealth, democratic development of their statehood good-neighbourly, cooperation-based relations with other states and peoples of the world community, to unflinchingly enforce the international obligations as stipulated in treaties and agreements of the Union of SSR.

Chairman of the Soviet of the Republics of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR

A. Alimzhanov

  1. i.e. the USSR