Secretary of State Clinton in Poland
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Protocol Amending the Ballistic Missile Defense Agreement Between the United States of America and the Republic of Poland
On July 3 in Krakow, Poland, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski witnessed the signing of the Protocol Amending the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Poland Concerning the Deployment of Ground-Based Ballistic Missile Defense Interceptors in the Territory of the Republic of Poland.
This agreement begins implementation of the U.S. European-based Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) for ballistic missile defense and enables the stationing of a U.S. land-based missile defense interceptor system in the Republic of Poland. The agreed ballistic missile defense site in Poland is scheduled to become operational in the 2018 timeframe and constitutes a key element of Phase 3 of the EPAA. Upon entry into force, this agreement marks an important step in our countries’ efforts to protect our NATO Allies from the threat posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction.
In addition to deepening our bilateral strategic relationship, we strongly believe that our cooperation in this area makes a substantial contribution to NATO’s collective security and is an integral part of any future NATO-wide missile defense architecture.
The United States Government welcomes the strong commitment of the Government of the Republic of Poland in contributing to efforts to counter existing and future ballistic missile threats.