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Belarus: U.S. Says Missile Withdrawal On Course

Washington, 26 November 1996 (RFE/RL) - The United States said yesterday that the government of Belarus appears to be living up to its commitment to remove all former Soviet nuclear weapons from its territory.

Belarus was one of four former Soviet republics that inherited nuclear weapons when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The four -- Belarus, Kazakstan, Russia and Ukraine -- agreed that all the nuclear warheads would be transferred to Russia for destruction under terms of a nuclear arms reduction treaty with the United States.

State Department spokesman Glyn Davies said yesterday that the United States believes that all former Soviet missiles and their warheads will be out of Belarus in the next few days.