Statement to the Conference on Disarmament
The Conference on Disarmament plays an important role in international endeavors to create a more stable and peaceful world. You resume your work in a year that holds promise for realizing concrete steps toward this universal objective. I am pleased to be able to report to you that we are making discernible progress on all aspects of my administration's comprehensive agenda: reductions in nuclear arms, peaceful settlement of regional conflicts, development of confidence-building measures, and advancement of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
signing of the INF treaty was an historic event. For the first time, the
Conference on Disarmament has an impressive agenda. Of special importance is
your effort on a convention banning chemical weapons. Progress has been made in
narrowing differences of principle; you now face the arduous task of working
out the details and finding solutions on issues which affect vital security
interests of all our countries. General Secretary Gorbachev and I have reaffirmed
our commitment to negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament, which would
result in a truly effective, verifiable, and global ban on these terrible
weapons. Under the capable leadership of Ambassador Max Friedersdorf,
Note: Ambassador Max L. Friedersdorf read the President's statement at the opening session of the conference.