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Cablegate: Jcic-Xxxiii: U.S. Press Statement On Start

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SUBJECT: JCIC-XXXIII: U.S. PRESS STATEMENT ON START
ARTICLE XVII DISCUSSIONS, NOVEMBER 21, 2008

1. This is JCIC-XXXIII-023.

2. The text at Paragraph 3 below is the Press Statement on
discussions in the Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission
that are required by Article XVII concerning whether the
START Treaty should be extended. The statement was delivered
on November 21, 2008.

3. Begin text:

Statement by the United States Representative to the Joint
Compliance and Inspection Commission for the Strategic Arms
Reduction Treaty (START)

In accordance with Paragraph 2 of Article XVII of the
Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of
Soviet Socialist Republics on the Reduction and Limitation of
Strategic Offensive Arms (START), on November 17, 2008,
Representatives of the United States, Belarus, Kazakhstan,
the Russian Federation, and Ukraine met in Geneva,
Switzerland, to consider whether to extend the 1991 Treaty.

Therefore, the requirement of the Treaty to meet on the
issue prior to December 5, 2008, is fulfilled. However, the
Parties desire to point out that there was no Treaty
requirement to make a decision to extend the Treaty at this
meeting.

The United States, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Russian
Federation, and Ukraine will continue to consider the issue
and note that a decision on this issue can be made up until
the date of expiration of the Treaty on December 5, 2009.

End text.

4. Taylor sends.
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