1993 AS Helsinki bigThe Second Annual Session of the CSCE Parliamentary Assembly was held in Helsinki on 6-9 July 1993.

A full chapter on the crisis in the Former Yugoslavia in the adopted Helsinki Declaration illustrated the importance attached to this issue.

The Declaration furthermore called for the establishment of a CSCE Security Committee and a CSCE decision-making procedure which no longer requires consensus or “consensus-minus-one”.

The Assembly expressed its determination to emphasize monitoring of elections as an important task on the CSCE Parliamentary agenda. Also, the wish was expressed that representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly will join CSCE missions sent to the centres of potential conflicts and tension.

1992 Budapest bigBudapest was the venue for the First Annual Session of the CSCE Parliamentary Assembly in July 1992.

The Assembly passed the Budapest Declaration which addressed issues relating to European security, peacekeeping, environmental co-operation, human rights and the crisis in the former Yugoslavia. The Declaration also urged parliaments and parliamentarians of the CSCE to participate more actively in the prevention, management and settlement of conflicts:

"When regional tensions arise, multilateral meetings of parliamentarians of counrtries concerned should be arranged to foster democratic and peaceful solutions."