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C O N F I D E N T I A L LISBON 002143
1. (C) The Portuguese MFA,s Director for Security and
Disarmament Affairs Joao Corte Real told us that Portugal
fully supports the U.S. plans outlined reftel. He noted that
timely ratification was a matter of political will and that
Portugal viewed the Adapted CFE Treaty as a matter of the
highest priority. Corte Real assured us that Portugal,s
representatives would be prepared to discuss ratification
procedures at any upcoming meetings.
2. (U) In short, the ratification procedures in Portugal
require the following steps:
--internal government review of the draft text, led by the
MFA,s Legal Department with the concurrence of the Ministry
--submission by the government to the Assembly of the
--Foreign Affairs Committee report to the Assembly;
--Full Assembly voting;
--President of the Republic,s signature;
--Gazetted in the government,s journal.
This process for the ratification of a treaty is simpler and
requires fewer steps than for other forms of legislation.