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Cablegate: Germany Declines Invitation to Present at the June

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P 021426Z JUN 08
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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1343
INFO RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW PRIORITY 1934
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UNCLAS BERLIN 000723

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TAGS: PTER KNNP PARM PREL KGIC SP GM
SUBJECT: GERMANY DECLINES INVITATION TO PRESENT AT THE JUNE
16-18 MEETING OF THE GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO COMBAT NUCLEAR
TERRORISM

REF: A. STATE 57146

B. BERLIN 709

(SBU) MFA Head of Unit for Civil Uses of Nuclear Energy and
Nuclear Nonproliferation Dietrich Becker told Global Affairs
Officer June 2 that Germany had decided to decline ref A
invitation to present on Germany's preparation and lessons
learned through hosting the 2006 World Cup. Becker explained
that Interior Ministry officials did not feel it was
appropriate to give a presentation at the GI meeting on the
comprehensive security strategy Germany developed for the
World Cup because nuclear terrorism was only one aspect of
the strategy. Becker noted that Germany had cooperated
closely with the IAEA in the run-up to the World Cup and
suggested that IAEA experts might be more suitable
presenters. He added that an IAEA presentation might also
highlight strategies used for the 2004 Summer Olympics in
Greece.
TIMKEN JR

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