The United States of America and the Soviet Union adjourned their Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT) in Geneva on Thursday (21 December) until February 27 after setting up a commission to supervise accords reached in Moscow last May.
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SMITH: "Today the first session of SALT-Two was adjourned. The successful outcome of SALT-ONE has been an encouragement to us in our work here since November 21st. Both delegations in discussing a broad range of matters relating to limitations on strategic offensive arms, have found the meetings useful. They should lead to progress on the resumption of negotiations here on February 27th of next year. As you noted from the Joint Communique, the U.S. and USSR reached agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a Standing Consultative Commission called for in Article Xlll of the Treaty on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems. Minister Semenove and I signed the Memorandum of Understanding today on behalf of our representative Governments."
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Background: The United States of America and the Soviet Union adjourned their Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT) in Geneva on Thursday (21 December) until February 27 after setting up a commission to supervise accords reached in Moscow last May.
A joint communique on the opening round of the second phase of their negotiations, which began in Geneva on November 21, maid: "The discussion was useful for both sides in preparing for further negotiations next year."
The second SALT talks are aimed at providing a comprehensive treaty curbing offensive strategic weapons, and limiting the attacking nuclear arsenals of the two powers.
The United States representative Mr. Gerard Smith, spoke about the talks.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Gerard Smith, the United States envoy at the Strategic Arms limitations Talks in Geneva announced an adjournment of the negotiations on Thursday.