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Title: JCIC-XXXIII: (U) UKRAINIAN CLOSING STATEMENT,

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SUBJECT: JCIC-XXXIII:  (U) UKRAINIAN CLOSING STATEMENT, 
NOVEMBER 21, 2008 
 
Classified By:  Jerry A. Taylor, United States Representative 
to the Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission. 
Reasons:  1.5(b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (U) This is JCIC-XXXIII-029. 
 
¶2.  (U) At Paragraph 3 below is the official translation of 
the Ukrainian Statement that was deliverd at the Closing 
Plenary Meeting of the Thirty-third Session of the START 
Treaty's Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission (JCIC), 
held at the U.S. Mission on November 21, 2008. 
 
¶3. (S) Begin text: 
 
                                    Official Translation 
 
                                          JCIC-XXXIII 
                                          Non-paper of the 
                                          Ukrainian Side 
                                          November 21, 2008 
 
STATEMENT 
by the Head of Delegation of Ukraine 
to the Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission 
at the Closing Plenary Meeting of JCIC-XXXIII 
 
      Esteemed Mr. Chairman, 
 
      Esteemed Representatives, Heads Qd Members of the 
Delegations of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of 
Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, and the United States of 
America, 
 
      This session was marked by consideration of 
fundamentally new issues that affect the interests of all the 
Parties and of each Party individually. 
 
      In our view, the most critical issue was the discussion 
of the future of the Treaty after December 2009. 
 
      The actual fact that this issue was discussed at this 
session can be viewed in procedural terms, as fulfillment of 
paragraph 2 of Article XVII of the Treaty, which allows an 
agreed decision to be made at any time up until December 2009 
on extending the Treaty or replacing it with a new Agreement. 
 
      In the Ukrainian side's view, extension of the Treaty 
for another five years is the most acceptable solution, which 
best takes into account the specific nature of the current 
situation. 
 
      If our Treaty partners take the path of working out a 
new Agreement to replace the current Treaty, it would be in 
Ukraine's interest to participate in the relevant negotiating 
process. 
 
      In this connection, the Ukrainian side retains the 
option of presenting arguments to its partners in defense of 
its right to be a full-fledged participant in the accords 
which will be conditioned on the progress of the discussion 
of this issue as of the end of 2009. 
 
      The issue tabled by the Ukrainian side on "Moving types 
of ICBMs that have been completely eliminated to date into 
the category of former type of ICBMs" was discussed for the 
first time at this session. 
 
      The possibility of moving a significant portion of 
"existing types of ICBMs" as of the date of signature into a 
different category, i.e., "former type of ICBMs," derives 
from the substance of the term "former type of ICBMs" in 
definition number 34 (11) of the Definitions Annex.  Such a 
solution considerably simplifies the current Treaty and will 
be useful no matter what the decision regarding the Treaty's 
future. 
 
      The Ukrainian side anticipates that discussion of this 
issue will continue, which has been confirmed by all the 
Parties. 
 
      New concerns were added to those discussed at previous 
JCIC sessions, which demonstrates the Parties' subjective 
interpretation of certain Treaty provisions. 
 
      These signals are rather alarming since they can inject 
a certain negativity into the constructive results of our 
Commission's work over the past years. 
 
      However, the Ukrainian side hopes and believes that the 
spirit of cooperation and mutual understanding which has 
prevailed during all previous JCIC sessions will remain the 
constructive foundation that allows us to be optimistic about 
the prospects for our future joint work. 
 
      The Ukrainian Delegation expresses its appreciation to 
the interpreters and translators of the Russian and U.S. 
Delegations for assisting our Delegation and wishes all the 
participants in this session health, happiness and a good 
trip home. 
 
      Thank your for your attention. 
 
End text. 
 
¶4.  (U) Taylor sends. 
TICHENOR 
 
 
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