Treaty on the principles of relations co-operation between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Ukraine
The United Kingdom and Ukraine, hereinafter referred to as the Parties;
Reflecting the aspiration of their peoples to develop friendship and co-operation;
Stressing the fundamental significance of the historic changes resulting from the end of the era of ideological and military confrontation in Europe;
Noting that Ukraine is one of the successor states of the former Soviet Union;
Guided by the aims and principles of the UN Charter, the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act, the Paris Charter for a new Europe and other CSCE documents;
Conscious of their responsibility to help preserve peace and strengthen security in Europe and the whole world;
Convinced of the need to help strengthen the atmosphere of friendship, mutual confidence, understanding and co-operation in international relations and determined to play an active part in this process;
Seeking to create a Europe of peace, democracy, freedom and common human values, and to encourage the deepening of the CSCE process through, inter alia, development of security and co-operation mechanisms;
Fully determined to develop their co-operation in political, economic, scientific and technological, environmental, cultural and humanitarian fields on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, and in the spirit of new partnership and co-operation exemplified by the Joint Declaration by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Ukraine signed in London of 15 September 1992;
Have agreed as follows:
Peace and friendship are and shall remain the basis of relations between the United Kingdom and Ukraine. These relations shall be built on mutual confidence and understanding, partnership and co-operation.
The Parties, reaffirming their obligations under the Charter of the United Nations, undertake to work closely together in upholding the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, in strengthening the United Nations Organisation and in ensuring that the United Nations responds effectively to threats to international peace and security.
The parties shall collaborate within the framework of other international organisations of which they are members, as well as at international conferences and fora, in order to help consolidate a framework of lasting co-operation between countries of the world.
The Parties shall develop their relations in strict observance of the principles of international law and in good faith. They declare their commitment to the peaceful resolution of disputes, to the principles of sovereign equality, territorial integrity and the inviolability of frontiers, to the democratic principles and practices of an open society and to respect for human rights and the rule of law. They affirm that relations between them shall be governed in particular by their commitments under the documents of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, including the Helsinki Final Act, The Charter of Paris for a new Europe, and the Helsinki Document of 1992.
The Parties, reaffirming that in international relations it is impermissible for the threat or use of force to be employed as a means of settling disputes, and that all international disputes should be settled exclusively by peaceful means, undertake to work together, bilaterally and within an appropriate multilateral framework, in the search for solutions and for the peaceful settlement of disputes. To this end, the Parties shall hold regular consultations at different levels to develop their bilateral relations and areas of co-operation; and to discuss their positions on international issues of mutual concern. When a situation so requires, the Parties shall be ready to consult each other at a short notice.
The Parties shall assist in every way international efforts to achieve effective arms control to enhance military confidence and security. They shall co-operate to support international measures to reduce armed forces and arms to the minimum levels commensurate with legitimate defence needs. They attach importance to the reduction of nuclear armaments and the implementation of nuclear arms control agreements. The Parties shall develop contacts at all levels between their respective armed forces and defence ministries.
This Treaty shall be of unlimited duration but shall cease to be in force six months after the day upon which one Party notifies the other Party in writing of its intention to terminate its validity.
This Treaty shall be registered with the UN Secretariat pursuant to Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations.
Done in duplicate at London this tenth day of February 1993 in the English and Ukrainian languages, both texts being equally authoritative.
For the United Kingdom of Great Britain For Ukraine: