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An agreement by exchange of letters with the Commonwealth of Dominica in connection with the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean
I have the honour to refer to the decision of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency of 15 June 1995 which authorized the Secretariat of the IAEA to confirm, through an exchange of letters with the relevant States of the Latin American and Caribbean region that, inter alia, the comprehensive safeguards agreements which these States have concluded with the IAEA pursuant to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons ("the NPT") satisfy the requirement of Contracting Parties to the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean ("the Tlatelolco Treaty") to conclude safeguards agreements with the IAEA.
Dominica is a party to the Tlatelolco Treaty, article 13 of which provides, inter alia, that "each Contracting Party shall negotiate multilateral or bilateral agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency for the application of its safeguards to its nuclear activities...". Dominica is also party to the NPT and on 3 May 1996 concluded an agreement with the IAEA for the application of safeguards in connection with that Treaty (hereinafter called "the Safeguards Agreement").
Against that background, I should like to propose the following:
Mr. Edison James
Prime Minister/Foreign Minister
Ministry of External Affairs and OECS Unity
Commonwealth of Dominica
It is the Secretariat's understanding that the Government of Dominica concurs with the statements in paragraphs 1 to 3 above. In that case, this letter and your affirmative reply shall, subject to approval by the Board of Governors of the IAEA, constitute an agreement between the Government of Dominica and the IAEA, which shall enter into force on the date of approval of this exchange of letters by the Board of Governors of the IAEA.
Accept, Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.
January 6, 1997
I am directed to refer to your letter dated May 30, 1996 addressed to the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs of the Commonwealth of Dominica, with regard to the conclusion of Safeguards Agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
I wish to inform you that the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica concurs with the statements in paragraph three (3) of the aforementioned letter namely:
In that regard, I should be grateful if you would advise as soon as this exchange of letters is approved by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Please accept, Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.
1/ Reproduced in document INFCIRC/513.