Biological Weapons Convention Protocol: Status and Implications: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives
OCLC Number: (OCoLC)50709835 Subject: Biological arms control -- Verification. Excerpt: ... of mankind, ' a symbolic step is no substitute for substantive progress. Settling for symbolism could in fact undermine the political consensus and technical support needed to achieve tangible results. The previous administration said as much last September ...
OCLC Number: (OCoLC)50709835 Subject: Biological arms control -- Verification. Excerpt: ... of mankind, ' a symbolic step is no substitute for substantive progress. Settling for symbolism could in fact undermine the political consensus and technical support needed to achieve tangible results. The previous administration said as much last September in testimony before this subcommittee. Ambassador Donald Mahley, special negotiator for chemical and biological arms control, told us, the United States will not accept a protocol that undermines rather than strengthens national and international efforts to address the BW threat.' Continuing our oversight of the U.S. approach to this critical issue, we invited the new administration and the panel of distinguished experts to assess the status and implications to the BWC protocol. We ask them to address how the U.S. negotiating position was formulated, how national security data and private property can be protected in any intrusive declaration and inspection regimen, and what additional steps might be proposed to improve BWC implementation. Yesterday the White House requested more time to finalize a response to our questions. I regretfully in some ways acceded to that request but felt that I would do that. But we will hear testimony from witnesses who bring a breadth of experience and depth of insight to this discussion. We appreciate their time and their expertise, and we look forward to their testimony. And I will say that when the administration made the request to defer testifying before this committee, we were going to cancel, and then we realized, certainly we acknowledged the fact that we have an excellent panel. We know that some of you came here to testify, and we thought that it is important that we proceed. So we are happy you are here. We are delighted to have this hearing, very unhappy the administration has once again requested a deferment before this comm...
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