January 18, 1985

Today I have asked three highly capable Americans to be the head negotiators of each of three groups making up the U.S. delegation to the negotiations on nuclear and space arms. These negotiations will take place in accordance with the agreement reached at Geneva on January 8 between Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Foreign Minister Andrey A. Gromyko of the Soviet Union.

Senator John Tower of Texas will be nominated to serve as U.S. negotiator on strategic nuclear arms. Ambassador Maynard W. Glitman, a minister-counselor of the Foreign Service of the United States, will be nominated as U.S. negotiator on intermediate-range nuclear arms. Ambassador Max M. Kampelman will be nominated as U.S. negotiator on space and defensive arms. Ambassador Kampelman would also serve as Head of the U.S. delegation.

Ambassador Paul H. Nitze and Ambassador Edward L. Rowny will serve as special advisers to the President and to the Secretary of State on arms reduction negotiations.

I am pleased that these distinguished Americans have agreed to serve in these positions of great importance to the United States.

Note: Secretary of State George P. Shultz read the President's statement to reporters at 3 p.m. in the Briefing Room at the White House.