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Our moderator has asked me to talk about the dialogue between the United States and the Soviet Union. With respect to the general contours of the U.S. proposal, I think it is a very constructive one. I do support it, and I urge you all to study it, comment upon it, and try to improve it to take it a bit further. The main feature of it that I want to mention today is the idea of affirmative enumeration of categories of disputes that would be submitted to the Court for jurisdiction as opposed to the historical approach of accepting everything subject to reservations. Although in an ideal world we might favor general acceptances, if that cannot be obtained then the idea of enumeration of affirmative categories has its attraction. What I would hope, Judge Sofaer, is that you are taking a very long list. I have available at least 290 items that I suggest you put on the list and I will be happy to chat with you about what those should be.


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