That the High Contracting Parties reaffirm their desire to remain in an inter-American system consistent with the goals and principles of the United Nations and the existence of the Agreement on International Peacekeeping and Security Issues suitable for regional action; Consultations are open to the Pan American Union Board of Directors at the request of one of the signatory states that have ratified the treaty. On 13 June, President Bush declared that the withdrawal of the United States from the ABM Treaty, which he had announced six months earlier in accordance with the provisions of the treaty, would officially enter into force, marking the end of the ABM Treaty. On 14 June, the Russian Federation announced its withdrawal from START II because of the Us-Right to Ratify the Treaty and the withdrawal of the United States from the ABM Treaty. Vladimir Putin signed the START II ratification law on 4 May. The law was due to come into force on the day of its publication in the official newspaper rossiyskaya gazeta. However, the treaty itself should only enter into force when the conditions of the ratification law are met. The High Contracting Parties formally condemn the war and undertake, in their international relations, not to resort in any way to the threat or use of force, incompatible with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations or the present Treaty. In a resolution adopted on 21 August, the Duma expressed “deep concern about us rocket attacks on targets in Sudan and Afghanistan” launched by Washington in retaliation for the August 1998 bombing of US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The non-binding resolution, adopted 264-0 and two abstentions, argued that the rocket fire was contrary to international law and the UN Charter and called it an act of aggression. The resolution states that such action by the United States would encourage MePs to “carefully assess all the positive and negative aspects of the ratification of START II.” The Duma has often attempted to link its ratification of START II to US foreign policy on other issues such as NATO enlargement, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo. As a witness, the undersigned agents, after filing their full powers, established in the rules, signed this contract on behalf of their respective governments on the data that appears at their signatures.
The High Contracting Parties provide the United Nations Security Council with full information on activities carried out or contemplated in the exercise of the right to self-defence or for the purposes of maintaining inter-American peace and security in accordance with Articles 51 and 54 of the United Nations Charter. The measures agreed by the consultation body will be implemented within the framework of existing or future procedures and agencies.