of Understanding between the Government of the United States of America
and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics regarding the Establishment
of a Standing Consultative Commission
The Government of the United States of America and the Government of the
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics hereby establish a Standing Consultative
The Standing Consultative Commission shall promote the objectives and
implementation of the provisions of the Treaty between the USA and the
USSR on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems of May 26, 1972,
the Interim Agreement between the USA and the USSR on Certain Measures
with Respect to the Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms of May 26,
1972, and the Agreement on Measures to Reduce the Risk of Outbreak of
Nuclear War between the USA and the USSR of September 30, 1971, and shall
exercise its competence in accordance with the provisions of Article XIII
of said Treaty, Article VI of said Interim Agreement, and Article 7 of
said Agreement on Measures.
Each Government shall be represented on the Standing Consultative Commission
by a Commissioner and a Deputy Commissioner, assisted by such staff as
it deems necessary.
The Standing Consultative Commission shall hold periodic sessions on dates
mutually agreed by the Commissioners but no less than two times per year.
Sessions shall also be convened as soon as possible, following reasonable
notice, at the request of either Commissioner.
The Standing Consultative Commission shall establish and approve Regulations
governing procedures and other relevant matters and may amend them as
it deems appropriate.
The Standing Consultative Commission will meet in Geneva. It may also
meet at other places as may be agreed.
in Geneva, on December 21, 1972, in two copies, 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 Union
of the Soviet Socialists Republics