Remarks at agreement-signing ceremony:

President Gorbachev, again, welcome to the White House. Mr. President, you and I set a course six months ago off the island nation of Malta, and at that time we agreed on an agenda, much of which was completed for this week's summit. Of course, our Malta agenda remains unfinished, but we've made great progress in the last six months, and in the last two days.

We're about to sign agreements concerning many areas of vital interest to our countries and to the world, and to record specific understandings in joint statements that are being published today.

First, we'll sign a bilateral agreement that will for the first time eliminate the great majority of the chemical weapons that our countries have stockpiled over the years. And let this landmark agreement quickly lead to a global ban on chemical weapons.

Secondly, we will be signing protocols on limiting nuclear testing. After long, sometimes arduous negotiations, we both agreed on unprecedented improvements for on-site verification of the Threshold Test Ban Treaty and the Peaceful Nuclear Explosions Treaty.

Third, we will sign a major new agreement that updates and expands our 1973 agreement on the peaceful uses of atomic energy. This new agreement provides for substantial U.S.-Soviet cooperation in atomic energy research and civilian nuclear safety.

In addition, President Gorbachev and I are issuing a joint statement recording major agreed provisions of a strategic arms reduction treaty, as well as a joint statement in which we agree to future negotiations on nuclear and space arms designed to enhance stability and reduce the risk of war.

We're also issuing a statement on the Conventional armed Forces in Europe, committing us to intensify the pace of the Vienna negotiations, and to reach rapid agreement on all outstanding issues. We agree that a CFE treaty is an indispensable foundation for the future of European security.

There are many other agreements the United States and the Soviet Union are signing or announcing during this summit -- agreements that represent hard work and a lasting achievement, not just by our governments, but also for the peoples.

For example, an agreement to establish a U.S.-Soviet park across the Bering Strait. This park will preserve the unique natural environmental and cultural heritage of the Bering Sea region of Alaska and Siberia, just as a bridge of land once joined our two continents, so let a bridge of hope now reach across the water to join our two peoples in this spirit of peaceful cooperation.

In the same spirit, President Gorbachev and I will sign an agreement that realizes our Malta objective of expanding undergraduate exchanges by 1,000 students on both sides, allowing more of our young people to experience firsthand each other's culture and politics, to live as friends, and out of simple acts of friendship a profound revelation eventually arises: The people of the world have more in common than they have in conflict.

In just a few moments, Secretary of State {James A.} Baker and Foreign Minister {Eduard} Shevardnadze will also sign four important new agreements concerning maritime boundaries, ocean studies, civil aviation and a long-term grains agreement.

Minister {Eduard} Shevardnadze and Transportation Secretary {Samuel K.} Skinner will sign a fifth agreement on maritime transportation.

President Gorbachev and I are also signing a commercial agreement and are looking forward to the passage of a Soviet emigration law.

President Gorbachev, I am very gratified by what we've accomplished over the last few days and determined to build on this solid foundation. The agreements we record today and those yet to come will advance the cause of peace -- agreements in the best interests of both our nations and all nations.

Not long ago, some believed that the weight of history condemned our two great countries, our two great peoples, to permanent confrontation. Well, you and I must challenge history, make new strides, build a relationship of enduring cooperation.

We may not agree on everything -- and indeed we don't agree on everything -- but we believe in one great truth: The world has waited long enough. The Cold War must end.

And so today, with gratitude in my heart for all those on the Soviet side and the United States side that worked so hard at all levels to bring these agreements to fruition, I say let's renew our pledge and build a more peaceful world.