|A Comparison of Self-Evaluating State Reporting Systems (International Committee of the Red Cross , 1995, 63 p.)|
|CHAPTER 7. DISARMAMENT TREATIES|
The reporting procedure on the implementation of disarmament treaties is called verification. One of the main goals of verification is confidence-building between old adversaries, most notably the USA and the former USSR.
There is no general official and universally-accepted definition
of verification. It includes the following components:
(1) the existence of an obligation, the fulfilment and observance of which must be verified;
(2) the gathering of information relating to fulfilment of the obligation:
(3) the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of the information from a technical, legal and political viewpoint;
(4) assessment concerning observance or non-observance of the obligation, which concludes the actual verification exercise. While the consideration of appropriate reactions to possible violation of an obligation appears to be a logical consequence of this exercise, it is not in itself an integral part of verification.34
34 U.N. Doc. UNIDIR/92/28, 1.