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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 4, 2002
Message to the Congress of the United States
TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:
Consistent with the resolution of advice and consent to ratification of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction, adopted by the Senate of the United States on April 24, 1997, I hereby certify pursuant to Condition 7(C)(i), Effectiveness of the Australia Group, that:
The Australia Group remains a viable mechanism for limiting the spread of chemical and biological weapons-related materials and technology, and the effectiveness of the Australia Group has not been undermined by changes in membership, lack of compliance with common export controls and nonproliferation measures, or the weakening of common controls and nonproliferation measures, in force as of April 25, 1997.
The factors underlying this certification are described in the enclosed statement of justification.
GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
September 4, 2002.
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