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Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 21, 2001


United States-Kazakhstan Secure Link Agreement (Fact Sheet)

The Secure Link Agreement will enhance cooperation in the area of arms control information exchange. Representatives of the U.S. Nuclear Risk Reduction Center (NRRC) and the NRRC-equivalent center of Kazakhstan negotiated the Secure Link Agreement. In December 2000, it was completed and initialed by both sides.

This agreement concerns the technical aspect of the continuing cooperation in the area of arms control information exchange. Moreover, it provides a legal basis for the existence and continued operation of the Government-to-Government Communications Link between the United States and Kazakhstan for the exchange of arms control treaty notifications. It also pledges the U.S. and Kazakhstani sides to communications cooperation in support of any new arms control agreements or arrangements involving information exchange.

The original Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Agreement was signed in 1987 by Former Secretary of State Schultz and then-Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze Because the 1987 agreement did not extend to the successor states upon the breakup of the Soviet Union, separate agreements were required for Ukraine and Kazakhstan.


Released on December 21, 2001

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