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SUBJECT: START FOLLOW-ON NEGOTIATIONS, GENEVA (SFO-GVA-V):
(U) REQUEST FOR GUIDANCE-001, JCIC AGREEMENT ON PRINCIPLES
AND PROCEDURES FOR COMPLETION OF CONTINUOUS MONITORING AT
VOTKINSK, AND ASSOCIATED LETTERS (CORRECTED)

REF: GENEVA 00846 (SFO-GVA-V-043)

Classified By: A/S Rose E. Gottemoeller, United States
START Negotiator. Reasons: 1.4(b) and (d).



1. This is SFO-GVA-V-040 -- Request for Guidance-001.



2. (S) The text at paragraph 5 is the Ad-Referendum to
Governments Text of Joint Compliance and Inspection
Commission (JCIC) Agreement Number 56 on Principles and
Procedures for Completion of Continuous Monitoring at the
Monitored Facility at Votkinsk. The text is accompanied by
two letters: one regarding Settlement of Accounts (paragraph
6); and a second relating to Ground Transportation (paragraph
7). The text of the agreement and two letters were conformed
during the START Follow-on Negotiations in Geneva during the
fifth Geneva session of negotiations. One issue remains
outstanding concerning Russia's acceptance of a change in how
cost procedures will be handled for ground transportation of
the items removed from Votkinsk (reftel), although the
delegation believes that Russia will accept the U.S.-proposed
reference to subparagraph 1(a)(iii) of Section II, which is
contained in Section II, subparagraph 7(e) of the JCIC
Agreement (see Reftel). Delegation requests authorization
for JCIC Representative Taylor to sign the agreement and two
letters.



3. Delegation believes this agreement should be signed only
by the United States and the Russian Federation, and that the
silent consent procedures of the JCIC Protocol be used in
order to gain the assent of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
Moreover, given the time sensitive nature of this agreement,
the delegation believes the United States and Russian
Federation should temporarily observe the agreement as soon
as it is signed.



4. Background and analysis is provided by Septel (Reftel).



5. (S) Begin text:

JOINT COMPLIANCE AND INSPECTION COMMISSION
AGREEMENT NUMBER 56
RELATING TO THE TREATY BETWEEN
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND
THE UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS
ON THE REDUCTION AND LIMITATION
OF STRATEGIC OFFENSIVE ARMS
OF JULY 31, 1991

PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES
FOR COMPLETION OF CONTINUOUS MONITORING ACTIVITIES
AT THE MONITORED FACILITY AT VOTKINSK

The Government of the Republic of Belarus, the
Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Government of
the Russian Federation, the Government of Ukraine, and the
Government of the United States of America, hereinafter
referred to as the Parties,

In accordance with the Treaty between the United States
of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the
Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms of July



31, 1991, hereinafter referred to as the Treaty,

To improve the viability and effectiveness of the
Protocol on Inspections and Continuous Monitoring Activities
Relating to the Treaty, hereinafter referred to as the
Inspection Protocol,

Have agreed as follows:

Article One

The following provisions shall constitute Annex 16 to
the Inspection Protocol:

"ANNEX 16

PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES FOR COMPLETION OF
CONTINUOUS MONITORING ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED PURSUANT
TO PARAGRAPH 14 OF ARTICLE XI OF
THE TREATY AT THE MONITORED FACILITY AT VOTKINSK



I. General Provisions.

The Parties agree that for the purpose of completing
continuous monitoring activities conducted pursuant to
paragraph 14 of Article XI of the Treaty at the monitored
facility at Votkinsk, no later than the date of expiration of
the Treaty, or no later than the date the Treaty is
superseded by a subsequent agreement pursuant to paragraph 2
of Article XVII of the Treaty, whichever is earlier, the
following shall be carried out:

(a) The monitoring team leader shall provide the
in-country escort with an official written continuous
monitoring report for that month in the language of the
inspecting Party, signed by the monitoring team leader and a
member of the in-country escort, along with an unofficial
translation of the report in the language of the inspected
Party. This report shall have the same content as the report
provided for in paragraph 2 of Section XVIII of the
Inspection Protocol. Each Party shall retain one copy of the
report.

(b) The monitoring team at the monitored facility at
Votkinsk shall cease its continuous monitoring activity and
depart the territory of the inspected Party.

(c) The inspecting Party shall ensure that the
buildings, structures, equipment, supplies, and other
property located at the monitored facility at Votkinsk,
included in the list noted in Section III of this Annex, are
dismantled if necessary and are removed from the territory of
the inspected Party and from the territory of the transit
State Party to the Treaty, or are transferred or returned to
the inspected Party in accordance with this Annex.

II. Procedures for Completion of Continuous Monitoring
Activities Conducted Pursuant to Paragraph 14 of Article XI
of the Treaty at the Monitored Facility at Votkinsk.



1. Provision of logistical, transportation, and other
support shall consist of the following:




(a) The inspected Party shall provide, at the request
of the inspecting Party, support and assistance for the
completion of continuous monitoring activities conducted
pursuant to paragraph 14 of Article XI of the Treaty at the
monitored facility at Votkinsk. Such support and assistance
shall include:

(i) provision of surface handling and other
equipment needed for the dismantlement,
packing, removal, and transport of structures,
equipment, supplies, and other property from
the monitored facility at Votkinsk;

(ii) provision of materials needed for packing and
preparing for the transport of structures,
equipment, supplies, and other property from
the monitored facility at Votkinsk. The
procedure for providing these materials shall
be determined by agreement between the
monitoring team leader and the in-country
escort;

(iii) provision of ground transportation vehicles and
related services needed for the transport of
structures, equipment, supplies, and other
property to and from the monitored facility at
Votkinsk; and

(iv) other support and assistance to be agreed
between the monitoring team leader and the
in-country escort.

(b) The inspecting Party shall have the right to
deliver to the monitored facility at Votkinsk structures,
equipment, supplies, and other property that are necessary
for the completion of continuous monitoring activities
conducted pursuant to paragraph 14 of Article XI of the
Treaty at that facility. Such additional structures,
equipment, supplies, and other property shall be removed by
the inspecting Party from the territory of the inspected
Party no later than the date of expiration of the Treaty, or
no later than the date the Treaty is superseded by a
subsequent agreement pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XVII
of the Treaty, whichever is earlier.

(c) Ground transportation vehicles and related services
provided by the inspected Party pursuant to subparagraph
1(a)(iii) of this Section shall be provided in accordance
with the provisions contained in the Letters of the
Representatives to the JCIC on the Procedures for Using
Ground Transportation Vehicles for the Transportation of
Cargo Consisting of Equipment and Supplies to or from the
Monitored Facility at Votkinsk, dated March 20, 2002, and the
Attachment thereto, as well as the Letters of the
Representatives to the JCIC dated June 7, 2005, and (dates
will be entered when letters are signed), 2009, hereinafter
referred to as the Letters of the Representatives to the JCIC.

(d) Ground transportation vehicles transporting
structures, equipment, supplies, and other property from the
monitored facility at Votkinsk, pursuant to subparagraph



1(a)(iii) of this Section, shall depart the territory of the
Republic of Belarus no later than the date of expiration of
the Treaty, or no later than the date the Treaty is
superseded by a subsequent agreement pursuant to paragraph 2
of Article XVII of the Treaty, whichever is earlier.

(e) The inspecting Party shall have the right to
conduct flights of inspection airplanes to deliver to, or
remove from, the monitored facility at Votkinsk, monitors, as
well as structures, equipment, supplies, and other property
associated with the completion of continuous monitoring
activities at that facility. Such flights shall be conducted
into the airport associated with the monitored facility and
shall be conducted in accordance with paragraph 4 of Section
IV of the Inspection Protocol.

(f) The inspected Party shall examine structures,
equipment, supplies, and other property to be removed from
the monitored facility at Votkinsk. This examination shall
be conducted by the in-country escort and technical experts
of the inspected Party when such items are being dismantled
and prepared for transport to the territory of the inspecting
Party. Monitors shall be permitted to be present during such
examinations.



2. Notifications provided in connection with the activities
provided for in this Annex:

(a) The inspecting Party shall provide to the inspected
Party a notification containing a request for the support or
assistance provided for in subparagraphs 1(a)(i) and 1(a)(iv)
of this Section, no less than 10 days prior to the date
specified in the request for such support or assistance. The
inspected Party shall respond to such a request no less than
5 days prior to the date specified in the request for such
support or assistance. The Parties shall provide the
notifications specified in this subparagraph through the
Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers of the Russian Federation and
the United States of America and through the National Agency
for Verification and Inspections of the Republic of Belarus,
using format number 144 ("Notification of Additional START
Message").

(b) Notifications concerning the provision of ground
transportation vehicles and related services, pursuant to
subparagraph 1(a)(iii) of this Section, shall be exchanged by
the Parties in accordance with the Letters of the
Representatives to the JCIC.

(c) The inspecting Party shall provide to the inspected
Party notification of an intention to conduct flights of
inspection airplanes pursuant to subparagraph 1(d) of this
Section. This notification, which shall be provided in
addition to the notifications specified in paragraphs 17 and
18 of Section III of the Inspection Protocol, shall be
provided no less than 10 days prior to the date of arrival of
the airplane at the airport associated with the monitored
facility at Votkinsk. This notification shall include a
detailed listing of the additional structures, equipment,
supplies, and other property intended for delivery to the
monitored facility at Votkinsk. This notification shall also
include information specified in paragraph 17 of Section III



of the Inspection Protocol. The information provided in this
notification shall be updated in subsequent notifications
provided by the inspected Party in accordance with paragraphs
17 and 18 of Section III of the Inspection Protocol. The
inspecting Party shall provide the notification specified in
this subparagraph through the Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers
of the Russian Federation and the United States of America
and through the National Agency for Verification and
Inspections of the Republic of Belarus, using format number
144 ("Notification of Additional START Message").



3. In addition to the provisions of paragraph 22 of Section
V of the Inspection Protocol, the monitoring team leader and
the in-country escort may, by agreement, arrange meetings
between representatives of the mass media, monitors, and
personnel of the inspected Party engaged in activities
related to the completion of continuous monitoring activities
conducted pursuant to paragraph 14 of Article XI of the
Treaty both at the monitored facility at Votkinsk and the
point of entry. Such meetings shall be arranged so as not to
interfere with the completion of continuous monitoring
activities.



4. Structures, equipment, supplies, and other property shall
be transferred or returned using the following procedures:

(a) The inspecting Party shall transfer to the
inspected Party all structures, equipment, supplies, and
other property used by the inspecting Party at the monitored
facility at Votkinsk that the inspecting Party does not
remove from the territory of the inspected Party at the
completion of continuous monitoring activities. Such
structures, equipment, supplies, and other property may
include those items that the inspected Party provided at the
request and expense of the inspecting Party or structures,
equipment, supplies, and other property that the inspecting
Party provided at its own expense at the monitored facility
at Votkinsk. The inspecting Party shall transfer such
structures, equipment, supplies, and other property to the
inspected Party, in a condition that is safe and suitable for
further use, no later than the date of expiration of the
Treaty, or no later than the date the Treaty is superseded by
a subsequent agreement pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article
XVII of the Treaty, whichever is earlier.

(b) The inspecting Party shall ensure that the
buildings used by the monitoring team at the monitored
facility at Votkinsk under the Treaty that were originally
constructed by the inspected Party and first used by the
inspecting Party under the Treaty Between the United States
of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the
Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range
Missiles of December 8, 1987, which include the monitoring
team headquarters ("Roosevelt Building"), the building for
storage of equipment and supplies ("warehouse"), and the
buildings used by the monitors for permanent lodging and
workspace ("Washington Building," "Jefferson Building," and
"Lincoln Building") are returned to the inspected Party in a
condition that is suitable for further operation. The
inspecting Party shall return these buildings to the
inspected Party no later than the date of expiration of the
Treaty, or no later than the date the Treaty is superseded by



a subsequent agreement pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article
XVII of the Treaty, whichever is earlier.



5. The inspected Party shall not exact taxes, levies,
apportionments, or other payments on the value of the
following buildings, structures, equipment, supplies, and
other property in connection with the completion of
continuous monitoring activities at the monitored facility at
Votkinsk in accordance with this Annex:

(a) structures, equipment, supplies, and other property
of the inspecting Party that are transferred to the inspected
Party pursuant to Section I of this Annex and subparagraph
4(a) of this Section;

(b) buildings that are returned to the inspected Party
pursuant to Section I of this Annex and subparagraph 4(b) of
this Section; and

(c) structures, equipment, supplies, and other property
of the inspecting Party that are removed from the territory
of the inspected Party pursuant to Section I of this Annex.



6. The Parties understand that equipment, supplies, and
other property controlled by the "dual key" system at the
monitored facility at Votkinsk shall be returned to the
territory of the inspecting Party, unless otherwise agreed by
the monitoring team leader and the in-country escort.



7. The financial responsibilities of the Parties shall
consist of the following:

(a) Unless stipulated otherwise in this Annex, the
inspecting Party shall bear the cost of goods and services
provided by the inspected Party at the request of the
inspecting Party in connection with the completion of
continuous monitoring activities conducted pursuant to
paragraph 14 of Article XI of the Treaty at the monitored
facility at Votkinsk.

(b) Unless stipulated otherwise in this Annex, the
inspected Party and the inspecting Party shall use the
procedures set forth in Annex 14 to the Inspection Protocol
to settle accounts in connection with costs incurred in
connection with the completion of continuous monitoring
activities conducted pursuant to paragraph 14 of Article XI
of the Treaty at the monitored facility at Votkinsk.

(c) The inspected Party shall bear the costs associated
with structures, equipment, supplies, and other property of
the inspecting Party that are transferred to the inspected
Party after the completion of continuous monitoring
activities pursuant to Section I of this Annex and
subparagraph 4(a) of this Section.

(d) The inspected Party shall bear the costs associated
with buildings that are returned to the inspected Party after
the completion of continuous monitoring activities pursuant
to Section I of this Annex and subparagraph 4(b) of this
Section.

(e) The Parties shall use the procedures set forth in



the Letters of the Representatives to the JCIC to settle
accounts for costs incurred in connection with the provision
of ground transportation vehicles and related services
pursuant to subparagraph 1(a)(iii) of this Section.

(f) The inspected Party and the inspecting Party shall
agree on arrangements, based on the provisions of Annex 14 to
the Inspection Protocol, for the settlement of accounts
remaining after the date of expiration of the Treaty or after
the date the Treaty is superseded by a subsequent agreement
pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XVII of the Treaty,
whichever is earlier.

(g) The monitoring team leader and the in-country
escort shall develop procedures on-site for keeping a record
of goods and services that are provided by the inspected
Party at the request of the inspecting Party pursuant to the
provisions of this Annex.

III. List of Buildings, Structures, Equipment, Supplies, and
Other Property.



1. The monitoring team leader, together with the in-country
escort, shall develop a list, in two copies, one for the
inspecting Party and one for the inspected Party, consisting
of three sections, of buildings, structures, equipment,
supplies and other property used by the monitoring team at
the monitored facility at Votkinsk.



2. Structures, equipment, supplies, and other property of
the inspecting Party that are to be removed from the
territory of the inspected Party pursuant to Section I of
this Annex shall be included in the first section of the list
developed pursuant to paragraph 1 of this Section.



3. Structures, equipment, supplies, and other property of
the inspecting Party that are to be transferred to the
inspected Party pursuant to Section I and subparagraph 4(a)
of Section II of this Annex shall be included in the second
section of the list developed pursuant to paragraph 1 of this
Section.



4. The buildings that are to be returned to the inspected
Party pursuant to Section I and subparagraph 4(b) of Section
II of this Annex shall be included in the third section of
the list developed pursuant to paragraph 1 of this Section.

Article Two



1. In subparagraph 1(a) of Section I of Annex 14 to the
Inspection Protocol, the words and punctuation "Inspection
Protocol; and" shall be superseded by the words and
punctuation "Inspection Protocol;".



2. In subparagraph 1(b) of Section I of Annex 14 to the
Inspection Protocol, the words and punctuation "Annex 5 to
the Telemetry Protocol." shall be superseded by the words and
punctuation "Annex 5 to the Telemetry Protocol; and".



3. The following provision shall constitute subparagraph
1(c) of Section I of Annex 14 to the Inspection Protocol:



"(c) the costs of goods and services associated with
the implementation of Annex 16 to the Inspection Protocol."



4. In subparagraph 12(a) of Section I of Annex 14 to the
Inspection Protocol, the words "On-Site Inspection Agency of
the United States of America" shall be superseded by the
words "Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the United States
of America".

Article Three

The following provisions shall constitute paragraph 19
of Section II of Annex 14 to the Inspection Protocol:
"19. Support and assistance associated with the completion
of continuous monitoring activities conducted pursuant to
paragraph 14 of Article XI of the Treaty at the monitored
facility at Votkinsk:

(a) Surface handling and other equipment needed for the
dismantlement, packing, removal, and transport of structures,
equipment, supplies, and other property from the monitored
facility at Votkinsk:

(i) type of equipment;

(ii) number of items of equipment of each type;

(iii) dates on which the equipment was provided;

(iv) number of hours for which such equipment was
provided; and

(v) estimated cost of the use of such equipment per
unit of time.

(b) Materials needed for packing and preparing for the
transport of structures, equipment, supplies, and other
property from the monitored facility at Votkinsk:

(i) description and quantity of the materials
provided; and

(ii) estimated cost of the materials(for each unit).

(c) Other goods and services provided by the inspected
Party at the request of the inspecting Party:

(i) description of the service provided;

(ii) dates on which the service was provided;

(iii) estimated cost of each service;

(iv) payments, if any, made when the service was
provided;

(v) description of equipment provided;

(vi) number of items of equipment of each type;

(vii) number of hours for which such equipment was
provided; and





(viii) estimated cost of the use of such equipment per
unit of time (per day or per hour)."

Article Four



1. This Agreement shall enter into force on the day when the
United States of America, the Republic of Belarus, the
Republic of Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine
have consented to be bound by this Agreement and shall remain
in force as long as the Treaty remains in force.



2. Signature of this Agreement for the Government of a Party
shall express the consent of that Party to be bound by this
Agreement. The consent of the Republic of Belarus, the
Republic of Kazakhstan, and Ukraine to be bound by this
Agreement shall be expressed by their Governments in
accordance with paragraph 6 of Annex 1 to the Protocol on the
Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission Relating to the
Treaty, hereinafter referred to as the JCIC Protocol.



3. This Agreement shall be temporarily observed by the
United States of America and the Russian Federation pursuant
to paragraph 7 of Annex 1 to the JCIC Protocol from the date
of its signature until this Agreement enters into force.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned, being duly authorized by
their respective Governments, have signed this Agreement.

DONE at on , in five originals, each in the
English and Russian languages, both texts being equally
authentic.

FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

End text.



6. (S) Begin text of U.S.-proposed joint draft text on
Exchange of Letters on Settlement of Accounts Associated with
the Completion of Continuous Monitoring Activities at the
Monitored Facility at Votkinsk:

Exchange of Letters on Settlement of Accounts
Associated with the Completion of Continuous Monitoring
Activities
at the Monitored Facility at Votkinsk


(Place and Date to be Added)

Mr. Sergei M. Koshelev
Representative of the Government of the
Russian Federation to the Joint Compliance
and Inspection Commission

Dear Mr. Representative:

With respect to the settlement of accounts associated
with the completion of continuous monitoring activities
conducted pursuant to paragraph 14 of Article XI of the



Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of
Soviet Socialist Republics on the Reduction and Limitation of
Strategic Offensive Arms, hereinafter referred to as the
Treaty, at the monitored facility at Votkinsk, following the
expiration of the Treaty or its supersession by a subsequent
agreement pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XVII of the
Treaty, whichever is earlier, I have the honor to accept on
behalf of the Government of the United States of America the
proposal set forth in your letter of today's date to conclude
an agreement on this issue, whose principal provisions are
set forth below.

Under this agreement, our Governments would agree that,
upon the expiration of the Treaty or its supersession by a
subsequent agreement pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XVII
of the Treaty, whichever is earlier, the accounts for goods
and services provided within the framework of arrangements
carried out by representatives of either Government in
connection with the completion of continuous monitoring
activities conducted pursuant to paragraph 14 of Article XI
of the Treaty at the monitored facility at Votkinsk, shall be
settled on the basis of the provisions contained in Annex 14
and Annex 16 to the Protocol on Inspections and Continuous
Monitoring Activities Relating to the Treaty, hereinafter
referred to as the Inspection Protocol. Our Governments
would further agree that additional arrangements consistent
with the provisions contained in Annex14 and Annex 16 to the
Inspection Protocol may be agreed upon by our
representatives, as necessary, to ensure the effective
implementation of this agreement.

This reply, together with your letter, shall constitute
n agreement between the Government of the United Sates of
America and the Government of the Russia Federation, which
shall enter into force on theexpiration or supersession of
the Treaty pursuan to paragraph 2 of Article XVII of the
Treaty, whchever is earlier, and shall remain in force until
all accounts associated with the completion of cntinuous
monitoring activities at the monitored acility at Votkinsk
have been settled.

lease accept, Mr. Representative, the assurances ofmy
highest consideration.

Jerry A. Taylor
U.S. Representative to the
Joint Compliane and
Inspection Commission

End text.



7. (S) Begin text of U.S.-proposed joint draft text on
Exchange of Letters on Ground Transportation Associated with
the Completion of Continuous Monitoring Activities at the
Monitored Facility at Votkinsk:

U.S.-Proposed
Joint Draft Text
October 6, 2009

Exchange of Letters on Ground Transportation



Geneva, Switzerland
October X, 2009

Mr. Sergei M. Koshelev
Representative of the Government of the
Russian Federation to the Joint Compliance
and Inspection Commission

Dear Mr. Representative:

In connection with the Letters of the Representatives
to the Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission dated March
20, 2002, on the Procedures for Using Ground Transportation
Vehicles for the Transportation of Cargo Consisting of
Equipment and Supplies to or from the Monitored Facility at
Votkinsk and the Attachment thereto, and the Letters of the
Representatives to the Joint Compliance and Inspection
Commission dated June 7, 2005, on such procedures,
hereinafter referred to in the aggregate as the Agreement, on
behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I
have the honor to accept the letter of today's date to
conclude an agreement on this issue, whose principal
provisions are set forth below.

The Russian Federation proceeds from the premise that,
in connection with the completion of continuous monitoring
activities conducted pursuant to paragraph 14 of Article XI
of the Treaty Between the United States of America and the
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Reduction and
Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms of July 31, 1991, at
the monitored facility at Votkinsk in accordance with the
provisions of Annex 16 to the Protocol on Inspections and
Continuous Monitoring Activities Relating to the Treaty,
hereinafter referred to as the Inspection Protocol, the
Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus, and the United
States of America shall continue to fully implement the
provisions of the Agreement until all ground transportation
vehicles transporting cargo consisting of structures,
equipment, supplies, and other property from the monitored
facility at Votkinsk have departed from the monitored
facility, arrived at and departed from the point of departure
of the cargo, and have returned to the t
erritory of the Russian Federation.

With respect to potential "points of departure of the
cargo," the Government of the Russian Federation proposes the
following changes to the Agreement:



1. For paragraphs 3, 4, and 5 of the Attachment to the
Letters of the Representatives to the Joint Compliance and
Inspection Commission dated March 20, 2002, on the Procedures
for Using Ground Transportation Vehicles for the
Transportation of Cargo Consisting of Equipment and Supplies
to or from the Monitored Facility at Votkinsk, the words
"point of departure of the cargo at Frankfurt am Main or
Darmstadt" shall be superseded by the words "point of
departure of the cargo at Frankfurt am Main, Darmstadt, or
Kaiserslautern."



2. For paragraph 11 of the Attachment to the Letters of the
Representatives to the Joint Compliance and Inspection
Commission dated March 20, 2002, on the Procedures for Using



Ground Transportation Vehicles for the Transportation of
Cargo Consisting of Equipment and Supplies to or from the
Monitored Facility at Votkinsk, the words "Frankfurt am Main
or Darmstadt" shall be superseded by the words "Frankfurt am
Main, Darmstadt, or Kaiserslautern."

If the foregoing is acceptable, this letter together
with your reply shall constitute an agreement between our
Governments, which shall enter into force on the date of the
exchange of our letters and shall remain in force until all
ground transportation vehicles transporting cargo from the
monitored facility at Votkinsk have returned to the territory
of the Russian Federation. This agreement may be terminated
12 months after notification to that effect by one of the
Parties to the agreement.

Please accept, Mr. Representative, the assurances of my
highest consideration.

Jerry A. Taylor
Representative of the
United States of America
to the Joint Compliance
and
Inspection Commission

End text.



8. (U) Gottemoeller sends.
RICHTER