US, Russia conclude Antarctica inspection

January 31st, 2012 - 2:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Jan 31 (IANS) The US and Russia have concluded a joint inspection of foreign research stations, installations and equipment in Antarctica.

The six-day inspection that ended Saturday was conducted as part of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 and its Environmental Protocol, the US State Department said Monday.

A report in this regard will be jointly presented to other signatories of the treaty at their consultative meeting in June in Australia, reports Xinhua.

The treaty was signed in Washington, and is to ensure Antarctica’s status as a continent reserved for peace and science. Currently, 49 nations are signatories of the treaty.

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