ACCESSION NUMBER:255575 FILE ID:EUR312 DATE:11/25/92 TITLE:CHANGES IN PORT ACCESS REGIME ANNOUNCED (11/25/92) TEXT:*92112512.EUR *EUR312 11/25/92 CHANGES IN PORT ACCESS REGIME ANNOUNCED (White House Statement) (270) Washington -- The White House has announced that, due to the changing relationship between the United States and the countries of the former 1oviet Union, some changes have been made to the U.S. port access regime. Following is the text of the statement released by the Office of the Press Secretary at The White House November 24: (Begin Text) In the past, U.S. national security interests required that measures be taken to control the access of certain foreign flag vessels to U.S. ports and internal waters. The principle objective of this control was to protect U.S. vessels, ports, harbors, and waterfront facilities from sabotage or other activities intended to hazard their safety. In addition, these steps were taken to protect sensitive operations and U.S. defense facilities in waterfront areas from espionage and intelligence. In light of our evolving relationship with the countries of the former Soviet Union, the following changes have been made to the U.S. port access regime: -- New London-Groton, Port Canaveral, Kings Bay, Port Hueneme, and San Diego, formerly closed ports, are now open for visits by merchant ships registered in the independent states of the former Soviet Union, subject to a request seven days in advance of the desired entry and subject to the concurrence of the appropriate naval authority. -- Charleston, Hampton Roads, Honolulu, Port St. Joe, Panama City, Portsmouth (N.H.), and Pensacola, formerly open on seven days advance request, are now open on three days advance notice. (End Text) NNNN .