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   109th Congress, 2d 
         Session                 SENATE              Treaty Doc.
                                                        109-11
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                  2002 AMENDMENTS TO ITU CONSTITUTION
                             AND CONVENTION

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                                MESSAGE

                                  from

                   THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

                              transmitting

  AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND CONVENTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL 
       TELECOMMUNICATION UNION (GENEVA, 1992), AS AMENDED BY THE 
   PLENIPOTENTIARY CONFERENCE (KYOTO, 1994) AND THE PLENIPOTENTIARY 
  CONFERENCE (MINNEAPOLIS, 1998), TOGETHER WITH THE DECLARATIONS AND 
 RESERVATIONS BY THE UNITED STATES, ALL AS CONTAINED IN THE FINAL ACTS 
          OF THE PLENIPOTENTIARY CONFERENCE (MARRAKESH, 2002).

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 July 10, 2006.--Treaty was read the first time, and together with the 
accompanying papers, referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations and 
            ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate
           2002 AMENDMENTS TO ITU CONSTITUTION AND CONVENTION
109th 
 Congress, 2d 
 Session                         SENATE                     Treaty Doc.
                                                                 109-11
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                  2002 AMENDMENTS TO ITU CONSTITUTION

                             AND CONVENTION

                               __________

                                MESSAGE

                                  from

                   THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

                              transmitting

  AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND CONVENTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL 
       TELECOMMUNICATION UNION (GENEVA, 1992), AS AMENDED BY THE 
   PLENIPOTENTIARY CONFERENCE (KYOTO, 1994) AND THE PLENIPOTENTIARY 
  CONFERENCE (MINNEAPOLIS, 1998), TOGETHER WITH THE DECLARATIONS AND 
 RESERVATIONS BY THE UNITED STATES, ALL AS CONTAINED IN THE FINAL ACTS 
          OF THE PLENIPOTENTIARY CONFERENCE (MARRAKESH, 2002).

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 July 10, 2006.--Treaty was read the first time, and together with the 
accompanying papers, referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations and 
            ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate
                         LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

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                                    The White House, July 10, 2006.
To the Senate of the United States:
    With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the 
Senate to ratification, I transmit herewith the amendments to 
the Constitution and Convention of the International 
Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992), as amended by the 
Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994) and the 
Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998), together with 
the declarations and reservations by the United States, all as 
contained in the Final Acts of the Plenipotentiary Conference 
(Marrakesh, 2002).
    I transmit also, for the information of the Senate, the 
report of the Department of State concerning these amendments.
    The Plenipotentiary Conference (Marrakesh, 2002) adopted 
amendments that would expand the field of individuals eligible 
for election to the Radio Regulations Board; provide for 
functional privileges and immunities for members of the Radio 
Regulations Board; strengthen the finances of the International 
Telecommunication Union by, among others, providing for sector 
member contributions to defray the expenses of regional 
conferences in which they participate and clarifying that 
operational plans prepared by the International 
Telecommunication Union Secretary-General and Directors of each 
of the International Telecommunication Union sectors must 
reflect the financial implications of the activities proposed; 
provide for sector members to be represented as observers at 
meetings of the Council; and recognize the authority of the 
Radiocommunication Assembly, the World Telecommunication 
Standardization Assembly, and the World Telecommunication 
Development Conference to adopt working methods and procedures 
for their respective sectors.
    Consistent with longstanding practices, the United States, 
in signing the 2002 amendments, made certain declarations and 
reservations. Subject to those declarations and reservations, I 
believe the United States should ratify the 2002 amendments to 
the International Telecommunication Union Constitution and 
Convention. Those amendments will contribute to the 
International Telecommunication Union's ability to adapt to 
changes in the telecommunication environment and, in so doing, 
serve the needs of the United States Government and United 
States industry. It is my hope that the Senate will take early 
action on this matter and give its advice and consent to 
ratification.
                                                    George W. Bush.
                          LETTER OF SUBMITTAL

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                                                      May 16, 2006.
The President,
The White House.
    The President: I have the honor to submit to you, with a 
view to their transmission to the Senate for advice and consent 
to ratification, amendments to the Constitution and Convention 
of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992), as 
amended by the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994) and the 
Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998). The United 
States signed these amendments to the Constitution and 
Convention on October 18, 2002, at the Plenipotentiary 
Conference in Marrakesh on September 23-October 18, 2002 (the 
``2002 Conference''). I also have the honor to submit to you 
certain U.S. reservations and declarations to these amendments 
that also require Senate advice and consent.
    The Department of State and the other agencies involved 
recommend that these declarations and reservations be confirmed 
in the U.S. instrument of ratification of the amendments. The 
Department of State and the other interested agencies are of 
the view that no additional reservations are required. These 
amendments will not require implementing U.S. legislation.
    Respectfully submitted.
                                                  Condoleezza Rice.
    Enclosure: As stated.



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