New START Treaty Implementation Body Holds first Meeting in Geneva

NewSTART-BCCU.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesman

For Immediate Release March 25, 2011

2011/472

MEDIA NOTE

U.S.-Russia Bilateral Consultative Commission on the New START Treaty

Delegations from the United States and the Russian Federation will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, from March 28 to April 8, for the inaugural session of the Bilateral Consultative Commission (BCC). The BCC is the implementation body created by the New START Treaty. Under the terms of the Treaty, it is required to meet at least twice each year, unless the Parties agree otherwise. The New START Treaty entered into force on February 5, and implementation of the Treaty is well underway.

At the BCC meeting, the United States and Russia will coordinate and discuss technical issues related to the implementation of the Treaty.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please see the fact sheet on the BCC

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