USIS Washington File

28 January 2000

Text: Albright Announces Shalikashvili Advisory Role on CTBT

(General to lead effort for Senate approval of treaty) (460)

Secretary of State Albright announced January 28 that General John
Shalikashvili will spearhead the Clinton administration's effort to
obtain Senate approval of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Shalikashvili will serve as an adviser to the President and the
Secretary of State and will "reach out to members of the Senate" to
obtain their advice and consent to ratification of "this vital effort
to curb the spread of nuclear weapons," the secretary said.

Following is the text of Albright's statement, which was issued by the
State Department in Davos, Switzerland:

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Office of the Spokesman
(Davos, Switzerland)
For Immediate Release					    January 28, 2000


Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

I am pleased to announce that General John M. Shalikashvili has agreed
to serve as an adviser to the President and me and spearhead the
Administration's effort to achieve bipartisan support for ratification
of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

Over the years General Shalikashvili and I have worked together on
issues ranging from European security to containing the spread of
weapons of mass destruction. He is someone whose leadership, judgment,
and patriotism I admire, and who has won the respect and admiration of
all Americans.

During the Senate's debate over ratification of the CTBT last fall a
number of questions were raised concerning the impact of the treaty on
our national security. These issues deserve a full airing so that the
American people can be assured that this Treaty will make America and
the world safer without preventing us from taking steps necessary to
the national defense.

A number of leading Senators from both parties have expressed interest
in a bipartisan effort to move forward on eventual ratification of the
CTBT. The Administration and Congress have worked together in the past
on such key issues as NATO enlargement and the Chemical Weapons
Convention. We must work together now on this vital effort to curb the
spread of nuclear weapons.

To that end, the President and I have asked General Shalikashvili to
reach out to members of the Senate and to construct a path that will
bridge any differences and ultimately obtain Senate advice and consent
to the Treaty. General Shalikashvili will make his recommendations
directly to the President and Secretary of State, who will also be
supported by an Administration Task Force on the Treaty.
The President and I look forward to receiving General Shalikashvili's
recommendations and to working closely with him again. We thank him
for his continued service to the nation.

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