Updated: 27-Oct-2000 Ministerial Communiqus


meeting in

June 1991

Statement on the Resolution
of Problems Concerning the CFE Treaty


Resolution by United States and Soviet Union of problems concerning CFE Treaty of November 1990 - Safeguarding the integrity of the Treaty - Implications of agreement for CFE IA negotiations including proposals on military manpower - Ratification and implementation - Prospects for "Open Skies" Treaty.

  1. Ministers welcome with deep satisfaction the results recently reached by the United States with the Soviet Union for a resolution of the problems that had arisen concerning the CFE Treaty signed in Paris last November. We are hopeful that discussions underway will lead shortly to a binding agreement among the 22 Parties safeguarding the integrity of the Treaty, as it was negotiated and signed.

  2. Once concluded, this agreement will open the way for substantive work at the CFE IA negotiations in Vienna and will enable us to introduce negotiating proposals on limits on military manpower in Europe during the present Round.

  3. The treaty constitutes a cornerstone of future European security. We now look forward to its early ratification and entry into force and its full implementation.

  4. With this renewed impetus to the arms control process, we also hope to see early agreement on the "Open Skies" Treaty and expect the Soviet Union to respond positively to the new proposals put forward by the Allies.

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