Vienna Document: Confidence-building in the OSCE area
According to the provisions of the Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures the participating States are obliged to invite representatives from all participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to visit an air base and another military facility once within a specified five-year period.
Visiting an airport within the framework of the Vienna Document
Moreover, a participating State which deploys with its military forces in the zone of application of the Vienna Document a new type of major weapon and equipment system will arrange, not later than one year after deployment has started, a demonstration for representatives of all other participating States.
The Federal Republic of Germany is meeting these two obligations by issuing an invitation for a visit to Germany from 23 to 27 April 2012, in which over 70 representatives from more than 40 participating States of the Vienna Document will take part.
During the visit participants will be given a briefing on the purpose and functions of the air base and reconnaissance wing 51 “Immelmann” at Jagel (Schleswig-Holstein) and obtain information on the air force structure and operations. The visitors will have an opportunity to view the routine activities at the air base and to speak with commanders and troops. The visitors will be provided with the opportunity to view all types of aircraft located at the air base.
The naval base command in Kiel is the military facility to be visited. By choosing a naval facility, which is not included in the Vienna Document, the Federal Republic of Germany underscores its readiness for greater openness and transparency.
As part of the visit, new types of major weapon systems and equipment will be demonstrated. These will be the armoured personnel carrier GTK BOXER and the multi-purpose attack helicopter TIGER.
For Germany, visits like this are an example of OSCE transparency and confidence-building in practice. Such visits are necessary, since there are still differing threat perceptions in Europe. We must therefore send a clear message that the preservation and further development of our security structures continues to be of key importance.
Last updated 23.04.2012