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An agreement by exchange of letters with Saint Kitts and Nevis 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 authorised 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.
Saints Kitts and Nevis is a signatory 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 ...". Saint Kitts and Nevis is also party to the NPT and on 7 May 1996 concluded an agreement with the IAEA for the application of safeguards in connection wit that Treaty (hereinafter called "the Safeguards Agreement").
Against that background, I should like to propose the following:
It is the Secretariat's understanding that the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis 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 Saint Kitts and Nevis 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.
7 February 1997
I refer to your letter dated 20th December, 1996 for which I thank you.
Pursuant to Article 13 of the Treaty of Tlatelolco and the decision of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency of 15th June 1995, I have the honour to reply to your said letter and to advise as follows:
It is the understanding of the Government of St Kitts and Nevis that your letter under reference and this reply will subject to approval by the Board of Governors of IAEA constitute an Agreement between the Government of St Kitts and Nevis 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 .
I hasten to assure Your Excellency of my highest consideration.
Denzil L Douglas
Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs