Agreement on the Establishment of the "Intersputnik" International System and Organization of Space Communications (Moscow, 15 November 1971)

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AGREEMENT
ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE "INTERSPUTNIK" INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM AND ORGANIZATION OF SPACE COMMUNICATIONS
(Moscow, 15 November 1971)

The Contracting Parties,

recognizing the need to contribute to the strengthening and development of comprehensive economic, scientific, technical, cultural and other relations by communications as well as by radio and television broadcasting via satellites;

recognizing the utility of cooperation in theoretical and experimental research as well as in designing, establishing, operating and developing an international communications system via satellites;

in the interests of the development of international co-operation based on respect for the sovereignty and independence of states, equality and non-interference in the internal affairs as well as mutual assistance and mutual benefit;

in pursuance of the provisions of Resolution 1721 (XVI) of the United Nations General Assembly and the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and other Celestial Bodies, of January 27,1967;

have agreed on the following:

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned, duly authorized, have signed this Agreement.

DONE in Moscow on the 15th of November 1971.