USIS Washington File

21 April 2000

Text: Clinton Welcomes Duma's Approval of Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

(Says step renews momentum toward world disarmament)(230)

President Clinton issued a statement April 21 welcoming the Russian
Duma's action earlier in the day in approving the Comprehensive
Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Following is the text of the president's statement.

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I am pleased that the Russian State Duma today approved the
Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). I look forward to prompt
action on the CTBT by the Federation Council, which also approved the
START II Treaty earlier this week.

More than 150 countries have signed the CTBT so far, agreeing to stop
all nuclear explosive testing. Ratification of the CTBT by Russia
would mean that 30 of the 44 states whose ratification is required for
entry into force have now approved this historic agreement, including
many U.S. friends and allies. Approval of the CTBT by Russia -- as
well as the recent approvals by Chile, Bangladesh and Turkey -- renews
momentum for the international effort to halt the spread of nuclear
weapons and promote disarmament around the world.

I congratulate President-elect Putin and his government, members of
the State Duma, and Russian citizens who together worked to achieve
this important step toward a safer future.

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