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Wassenaar Arrangement

"The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies" is an arms control arrangement with 33 participating states. It was established after the end of the cold war as the successor to COCOM[?]. A Secretariat for administrating the agreement is located in Vienna, Austria -- http://www.wassenaar.org.

The outline of the arrangement is set out in a document entitled "Initial Elements" -- http://www.bxa.doc.gov/Wassenaar/InitialElements.htm -- adopted in July 1996 and updated in December 2001.

The 1996 list of technologies can be found at http://jya.com/wa/watoc.htm. Software is not included as a restricted technology if it is "generally available to the public" or "in the public domain".

The 33 founding states were: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.

As of March 2002, it seems that no other states have joined the arrangement since it was founded.



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