Istanbul Charter for European Security (1999) (excerpts)

CHARTER FOR EUROPEAN SECURITY

Istanbul, November 1999

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III. OUR COMMON RESPONSE

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THE HUMAN DIMENSION

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22. We reject any policy of ethnic cleansing or mass expulsion. We reaffirm our commitment to respect the right to seek asylum and to ensure the international protection of refugees as set out in the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, as well as to facilitate the voluntary return of refugees and internally displaced persons in dignity and safety. We will pursue without discrimination the reintegration of refugees and internally displaced persons in their places of origin.

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