RESOLUTION                                           
                                                                                
     ON THE CO-OPERATION OF THE BALTIC STATES IN MINIMISING                     
                     TRANSBOUNDARY POLLUTION                                    
                                                                                
     The Baltic Assembly,                                                       
     determined to  improve the  quality of  environment  in  the               
Baltic States,                                                                  
     expressing willingness  to better co-ordinate endeavours and               
to co-operate in reducing transboundary pollution,                              
     cognisant  of   the  effects  caused  by  the  transboundary               
pollution to the environment of all the three Baltic States,                    
     recommends to the Baltic Council of Ministers to:                          
     - take  measures aimed at minimising transboundary pollution               
in the  Baltic States and agree upon methodologies and principles               
of compensating  the  damage  caused  by  the  pollution  of  the               
environment;                                                                    
     - reach  an agreement  on  the  principles  of  co-operation               
between the  Baltic States  and on  the methodology for assessing               
the pollution coming from the territories of third countries;                   
     - be  guided by  international agreements  on  transboundary               
pollution, e.g.:                                                                
     the 1979  Geneva Convention "On Long-Range Transboundary Air               
Pollution" and                                                                  
     the Helsinki  Convention  "On  the  Protection  and  Use  of               
Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes".                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
Vilnius, 13 April 1996