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years. I refer to Mrs. Althea Eccles, who, at the end of last month, retired after the required number of years of service. This is a great loss to this subcommittee in particular, because she took most of the important testimony stenographically. We wish Mrs. Eccles godspeed and good health in her retirement and trust that she enjoys every well-earned minute of it.
Mr. Bow. Mr. Chairman, I should like to join with our distinguished chairman in his tribute to Mrs. Eccles and the work she has done before this committee. I am reminded that when I first came to Washington some 24 years ago in the capacity of counsel to a committee, Mrs. Eccles at that time was reporting those hearings. So I have known her for many years and know of her accuracy,
She was always very pleasant before this committee and I am sure that all of the members on this side of the table will miss her very much. We, too, wish her well in her retirement.
Mr. ROONEY. Thank you, Mr. Bow.
The first item among this group of supplementals is to be found in House document No. 91–199, at page 9 thereof, and is entitled “Department of State, International Conferences and Contingencies.
For an additional amount for "International conferences and contingencies," $400,000, to be derived by transfer from the appropriation for “Contributions to International Organizations," fiscal year 1970; Provided, That $175,000 of the foregoing amount shall be transferred and available only on enactment into law of Senate Joint Resolution 90, 91st Congress, or similar legislation.
We shall at this point in the record insert the justifications presented to the committee, beginning at page 1 thereof through page 11.
(The justifications follow :)
Additional funds in the amount of $400,000 are requested to provide for U.S. hostship of: (1) the Third Preparatory Committee meeting and the resumed Plenipotentiary Conference on Definitive Arrangements for the International Telecanmunications Satellite Consortium (INTELSAT); and (2) the Diplomatic Conference to Negotiate a Patent Cooperation Treaty.
Explanation of Language Changes
Additional appropriation language has been included to provide funds amounting to $400,000, to be derived by transfer from the appropriation for "Contributions to International Organizations, fiscal year 1970. Of this amount $175,000 shall be transferred and available only on enactment into law of S.J. Res. 90, 91st Congress, or similar legislation authorizing the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Commerce to take all necessary steps to organize and hold a Diplomatic Conference to Negotiate a Patent Cooperation Treaty in Washington, D.C., in fiscal year 1970.
The remaining $225,000 will meet the cost of United States hostship of the Third Preparatory Committee meeting and the resumed Plenipotentiary Conference on Definitive Arrangements for the International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (INTELSAT).
This supplemental appropriation of $400,000 is requested to meet the cost of United States hostship of (1) the Third Preparatory Committee meeting and the resumed Plenipotentiary Conference on Definitive Arrangements for the International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (INTELSAT); and (2) the Diplomatic Conference to Negotiate a Patent Cooperation Treaty. No provisions were made for these hos tships in the regular appropriation request for fiscal year 1970.
It is requested that these additional funds be derived by transfer from the appropriation for "Contributions to International Organizations," fiscal year 1970. This reduction of $400,000 in the "Contributions" appropriation requirement can be effected as the result of the recent devaluation of the French franc and the fact that the U.S. assessment toward the Fiscal Year 1970 budget of the Organization of American States will be lower than originally estimated largely due to successful U.S. efforts to reduce the Organization's budget request.
International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (INTELSAT)
The International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (INTELSAT) was created as an international joint venture in 1964. INTELSAT owns and operates the global commercial communications satellite system in which the Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT) is the United States member. Created primarily through American initiative, INTELSAT has 69 member countries today and continues to grow. The United States investment in the system and its voting power is approximately 53%. INTELSAT was brought into existence pursuant to United States national policy set forth in the Communications Satellite Act of 1962. Its operational management is provided by COMSAT and its services now extend completely around the world.
Agreements entered into in 1964 provided for the establishment and operation of INTELSAT on an interim basis. These agreements, which are referred to as "the Interim Arrangements," require the negotiation of Definitive Agreements to establish the organization on a permanent basis as soon after January 1, 1970, as practicable. Pursuant to a specific of the principal agreement (Article IX), the United States convened the Plenipotentiary Conference on Definitive Arrangements for the International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium in Washington in February 1969 to conduct a review of the interim arrangements and provide for establishment of definitive arrangements. Ninety-six nations (member delegations and observer delegations) and two international organizations participated in the Conference during February-March 1969.