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08STATE120153
2008-11-12 18:33:00
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MISSILE TECHNOLOGY CONTROL REGIME (MTCR): 2008

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R 121833Z NOV 08
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY CANBERRA
AMEMBASSY PARIS
INFO MISSILE TECHNOLOGY CONTROL REGIME COLLECTIVE
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						UNCLAS STATE 120153 


CANBERRA FOR POL
PARIS FOR EST

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MTCRE PREL PARM KSCA TSPA ETTC

SUBJECT: MISSILE TECHNOLOGY CONTROL REGIME (MTCR): 2008
CANBERRA PLENARY PRESS STATEMENT



1. Paragraph 2 contains the text of the press statement
issued at the conclusion of the November 2008 Canberra MTCR
Plenary. Addressee and info addressee posts may share this
statement with interested parties as appropriate. Further
information on the results of the Plenary will be forthcoming
via septels.



2. BEGIN TEXT OF PRESS STATEMENT:

Press Release
MTCR Plenary
Canberra, Australia
5-7 November 2008

The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) held its 23rd
Plenary Meeting in Canberra from 5 to 7 November 2008 to
review its activities and to further strengthen the efforts
of partner countries to prevent missile proliferation. The
Plenary was opened by Mr. Michael L'Estrange, Secretary of
Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and
chaired by Mr. John Quinn of the Australian Department of
Foreign Affairs and Trade, who was confirmed as Chair of the
MTCR until the next Plenary.

MTCR Partners discussed proliferation of weapons of mass
destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery that constitute
a threat to international peace and security. They recognized
that more must be done to discourage WMD means-of delivery
programmes and activities of proliferation concern. Special
emphasis was placed on particular challenges posed by missile
proliferation in Northeast Asia, South Asia, and the Middle
East.

Partners exchanged information on, and discussed, export
control challenges, and reaffirmed their determination to
strengthen MTCR controls to meet existing and emerging
proliferation threats, including those posed by rapid
technological change.

The Plenary discussed a number of proposals to maintain the
accuracy and comprehensiveness of MTCR controls, and agreed
on changes to the list of controlled goods (the Annex). The
Plenary also agreed on measures to be implemented on a
national level to improve the effectiveness of MTCR controls.

Partners noted the direct relevance of UN Security Council
Resolutions, inter alia, 1718, 1737, 1747, 1803, and 1835, to
MTCR export controls and expressed their determination to
implement these resolutions and to exercise vigilance and
prevent the transfer of any items, materials, goods and
technology that could contribute to WMD missile programmes of
proliferation concern, in accordance with their national
legislation and consistent with international law.

More broadly, Partners reiterated their support for the
implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540, which
calls on all States to establish effective national export
controls to prevent the proliferation of WMD, their means of
delivery and related materials, in accordance with their
national legal authorities and legislation and consistent
with international law. The Plenary agreed that the MTCR
chair should continue to pursue contact with the 1540
Committee.

MTCR guidelines and control lists constitute an international
export control standard which is increasingly adhered to by
non-members of the MTCR. MTCR Partners encouraged countries
that are not members of the MTCR to apply MTCR guidelines and
control lists. Partners confirmed their intention
individually and through the outreach activities of the Chair
to consult and cooperate with nonmembers to promote effective
export controls over missiles and missile technology. The
Australian Chair was mandated to conduct outreach activities
with a diverse range of non-member States.

Partners welcomed Brazil's offer to host the next Plenary
Meeting in the second half of 2009 and to serve as Chair of
the MTCR for the subsequent term of office.

The MTCR, established in 1987, aims to control exports of
missiles and other unmanned systems capable of delivering
weapons of mass destruction.

The MTCR has 34 members: Argentina, Australia, Austria,
Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland,
Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand,
Norway, Poland, the Republic of Korea, the Russian
Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey,
Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Further information on the MTCR can be found at www.mtcr.info.

END TEXT OF PRESS STATEMENT.



3. Please slug any reporting on this or other MTCR issues
for ISN/MTR.
RICE


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