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Cablegate: Greece Onboard with U.S. On Cluster Munitions

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/01/2017
TAGS: PARM PREL MOPS NATO GR
SUBJECT: GREECE ONBOARD WITH U.S. ON CLUSTER MUNITIONS

REF: A. SECSTATE 20863
B. SECSTATE 6667

Classified By: DEPUTY POLCOUNS PAUL CARTER. REASONS 1.4 (B) and (D).

1. (C) On March 1, Poloff raised ref a points with MFA D1
Directorate for International Organizations and
Nonproliferation officer Dionyssios A. Kyvetos. Kyvetos
confirmed that Greece had not been invited to, nor did it
send any officials to participate in, the February 22-23 Oslo
cluster munitions conference. Reiterating his position from
an earlier discussion on ref b points, Kyvetos said Greece
agreed with the U.S. position that favored dealing with
cluster munitions within the framework of the Convention on
Conventional Weapons (CCW) and not at a separate, non-binding
conference such as the one held in Oslo. Kyvetos was
somewhat surprised and disappointed that certain nations,
such as the UK, Japan, and France, who he claimed in November
2006 had been opposed to a separate conference dealing with
cluster munitions, in the end signed the joint statement at
the conclusion of the February Oslo conference.
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