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U.S., Polish Negotiators Report Progress on New Scientific and Technology Agreement

February 28, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The United States and Poland made progress toward a new science and technology pact during a week of talks ending Friday and are likely to reach final agreement at a negotiating session in April, a State Department official said.

The pact, billed by the Reagan Administration as another step in its development of closer ties with Poland since that country's loosening of martial law, would set the framework for an exchange of scientific know-how on such problems as pollution and the spread of radioactivity.

Negotiators from both countries met at the State Department for five days this week and the talks were "friendly and productive," said Edward McSweegan, a project officer in the State Department's office of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

He said he expected final agreement when representatives meet again in Warsaw in April.

The United States and Poland exchanged information and scientific delegations under an agreement in force between 1973 to 1981 and were trying to renew the pact when martial law was declared in Poland in December 1981.

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