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Cablegate: Bad Arolsen Archives and Second Protocol Procedure

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RR RUEHKW
DE RUEHWR #0113 0281602
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 281602Z JAN 08
FM AMEMBASSY WARSAW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5838
INFO RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN 0972
RUEHKW/AMCONSUL KRAKOW 1972

UNCLAS WARSAW 000113

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

L/EUR AND EUR/OHI FOR LIZ NAKIAN AND JOHN BECKER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KJRE PREL PGOV PL
SUBJECT: BAD AROLSEN ARCHIVES AND SECOND PROTOCOL PROCEDURE


1. In a January 23, 2008 meeting with EUR/OHI's Ambassador
J. Christian Kennedy, the MFA Legal Department's Krzystof
Kocel said that all partner countries involved in the
International Tracing Service (ITS) had completed their
internal requirements for passage, and that the Second
Protocol governing access to the World War II era archives in
Bad Arolsen, Germany went into effect as of January 11, 2008.
Kocel said further that Poland, in its capacity as current
chair of the International Commission of ITS, would arrange
for a signing ceremony on February 5 or 6, 2008, on the
occasion of the visit to Warsaw of Jakob Kellenberger, the
President of the International Committee for the Red Cross
(ICRC), which manages ITS.

2. With respect to signing the agreement with the ICRC,
Kocel said the two final countries that passed the Second
Protocol, France and Luxembourg, specifically authorized the
ITS Chairman to sign the Second Protocol with Kellenberger.
Kennedy advised Kocel that the United States does not need to
take any additional steps with respect to the Second
Protocol, and that our understanding was the plain language
of the document authorizes the Chairman to act on behalf of
all of the ITS member countries. Kocel said that he was
asking all of the countries in question to query capitals as
to whether any further action was needed, and that he hoped
to have an answer by February 1. We believe no further
action is required, but invite you to comment as necessary
before that deadline.
ASHE

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