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The United Kingdom a Full Partner in Gemini

February 27, 2008

The STFC and the Executive Agency have prepared the following statement for public distribution

The Science and Technology Facilities Council has reaffirmed the UK's position as a full member of the Partnership under the terms of the current Gemini Agreement. The Gemini Board welcomes this statement. The Board acknowledges the STFC's need to address its budgetary constraints and notes that, under the terms of the Agreement, the UK is entitled to seek to sell some of its telescope time both within the partnership and, subject to the approval of the Board, outside the current partnership. The Board has directed the Observatory to continue the UK as a full partner, participating in all subsequent observing semesters, and all relevant committees and functions of the Observatory.

Gemini Board Resolution 2008.Feb.25

A written communication from the STFC Designated Member has recommitted the UK position as a full Partner under the Gemini Agreement, with all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities that membership brings. The Gemini Board recognizes and welcomes the UK position, its commitment to full participation in the Gemini Partnership and its intent that this commitment extend through to the end of the current Gemini Agreement. With respect to Aspen, the STFC has represented to the Board that the STFC is committed to providing its share of the currently approved program. Consequently, the Board directs the Observatory to continue the UK as a full partner, participating in all subsequent observing semesters, and all relevant committees and functions of the Observatory.