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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2375

(Question No. 5071)

Mr Coleman asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 18 February 1987:

Is he able to say whether the Federal Republic of Germany agreed to join the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) research program on 19 March 1986 by allowing private firms to conduct SDI research.

Mr Hayden —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Federal Republic of Germany and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding on 27 March 1986 concerning the participation of German firms, research institutions and other organisations in the SDI research program.

In a statement made on 18 December 1985, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany reaffirmed that it was approving participation in the SDI research program on the basis of the following understandings:

- the United States aim is not to achieve superiority through SDI

- decisions going beyond the SDI research phase will not be taken until the research-phase results are known

- the United States will be prepared to hold continuous, intensive consultations with its allies on this subject.