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Cablegate: Fsc June 11: Russia Promises Follow-Up to Medvedev

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TAGS: PARM PREL OSCE KCFE RS XG
SUBJECT: FSC JUNE 11: RUSSIA PROMISES FOLLOW-UP TO MEDVEDEV
SECURITY SPEECH

REF: STATE 056557

1. (SBU) Summary: Russia announced it would provide
amplifying details to President Medvedev's call during a
recent speech in Germany for a "legally binding instrument on
European security." The Russian proposed chair's statement
on enforcing the time lines for requesting Vienna Document
inspections was endorsed by the working group. There was no
comment on Russia proposals to define the "specified area"
for Vienna Document inspections and to require annual prior
notice of at least one "major military activity." Russia and
several other delegations announced they could support the
latest version of the German proposal to update the
conventional arms transfers reporting categories to accord
with the UN Register of Conventional Arms. The chair will
reissue the paper as its draft decision.

2. (SBU) The Belarusian proposal for a one-off information
exchange on end user certificates received mild support. The
U.S. questioned the need for the exchange, noting that an
earlier decision calls for submission of exemplar
certificates to the OSCE website. France and Belgium will
soon circulate a further revision of their proposal of an
information exchange and Best Practice Guide on measures to
prevent the illicit trafficking by air of small arms and
light weapons.

3. (SBU) The chair's draft decision on publication of the
Best Practices Guides on conventional ammunition will be
considered in the Plenary on June 18. The Swedish-Dutch
proposal for a decision endorsing the Best Practices Guides
on the physical security and destruction of conventional
ammunition received some comment and has been revised.
Delegations will again meet informally to discuss the latest
revisions to the proposed update to the Code of Conduct
Questionnaire. End Summary.

Medvedev Speech on European Security
------------------------------------

4. (SBU) Russia (Ulyanov) announced the distribution of
President Medvedev's recent speech in Germany calling for a
"legally binding instrument on European security."
(SEC.DEL/85/08)
A pan-European pact, Ulyanov said, could bring clarity to
principles controlling the use of force within the
Euro-Atlantic community, including arms control and other
important security issues. A Europe-wide summit meeting
could start the process toward such a treaty, with all
European states participating in their national capacities,
not as members of alliances or blocs. Further details,
Ulyanov said, will soon follow.

Chair's Statement on Vienna Document Inspection Timelines
--------------------------------------------- ------------

5. (SBU) Canada joined other delegations and endorsed the
Russian proposal for a chair's statement calling for strict
enforcement of the timelines for requesting inspection under
the Vienna Document. The chair will issue the statement in
the Plenary on June 18. (FSC.DEL/75/08/Rev.3)

Russian Vienna Document Proposals
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6. (SBU) There was no discussion of the Russian proposals "to
improve implementation of the Vienna Document" by defining
the "specified area" for inspections (FSC.DEL/493/07/Rev.2)
and by requiring at least one annual prior notification of a
"major military activity" (FSC.DEL/495/07/Rev.3). The papers
will remain on the working group agenda.

CAT Category Update
-------------------

7. (SBU) Germany (Schweizer) announced a revision of its
proposal for updating the CAT reporting categories to accord
with the UN Register on Conventional Arms. The latest
revision reflects the concerns of delegations that more
explanation was needed of the intent behind operative
paragraphs 4 and 5, which request the provision of SALW
transfer information to the UN. Schweizer said this was done
by including more language from UN General Assembly
Resolution 61/77 in the proposal. The proposal now has wide
and unqualified support. It has been reissued as a chair's
draft decision and moved to the Plenary at the earliest
opportunity. (FSC.DD/7/08)

End-User Certificates
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8. (SBU) Germany and Denmark supported the Belarusian
proposal for an information exchange and Best Practices Guide
on end-user certificates. The U.S. (Silberberg) noted that,
following an earlier decision FSC.DEC/5/04), pS had agreed to
post sample certificates on the OSCE website; in light of
this, was a one-off information exchange necessary? The U.S.
also questioned the need for a Conflict Prevention Center
overview as the proposal asked for sample formats and an
analysis of these would likely require comparison of national
practices. Perhaps a better approach would be to call for
the creation of a dedicated webpage and task pS to provide
information for the page. Belarus (Pavlov) said it would
consider the U.S. comments. (FSC.DEL/108/08)

Illicit Air Trafficking
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9. (SBU) France (Simonet) said a revision of the proposal for
an information exchange and Best Practices Guide for measures
to prevent the illicit trafficking of SALW by air will be
distributed before the next working group meeting on June 18.
The present version of the proposal had wide support,
although Turkey, while supporting in principle, reported it
was waiting for instructions. (FSC.DEL/62/08/Rev.1)

SALW in Belarus
---------------

10. (SBU) Sweden (Nilsson), as FSC coordinator for SALW,
reported on a donors' visit to Belarus in May to inspect the
OSCE-UNDP capacity building project on SALW stockpile
management and security (FSC.DEL/112/08). Nilsson noted
phase 1 of the project will require more time and additional
finances will be needed for all phases. Belarus (Pavlov)
reported that it will increase its national contribution to
the project, mostly in the form of in-kind donations of
logistics and administrative support.

Best Practices Guides

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11. (SBU) The chair's draft decision on publication of a
handbook of Best Practices Guides (BPG) on conventional
ammunition was endorsed by the working group and will move to
the Plenary for approval on June 18. The U.S., per reftel
guidance, joined consensus after the operative paragraph
referring to the Biennial Meeting of States was deleted
(FSC.DD/6/08/Rev.2). The chair subsequently revised the
draft decision slightly in light of comments on the proposal
to endorse two additional ammunition BPGs, described below
(FSC.DD/6/08/Rev.3).

12. (SBU) The Swedish-Dutch proposal for endorsement of the
BPGs on the physical security and destruction of stockpiles
of conventional ammunition (FSC.DEL/111/08) received
qualified support from Germany, which proposed several
stylistic edits to reflect the companion draft decision,
described above, on publication of the ammunition BPG
handbook (FSC.DD/6/08/rev.2). A revised version, reflecting
the German edits, has been issued as a chair's draft decision
(FSC.DD/8/08).

Code of Conduct
---------------

13. (SBU) Austria (Eischer), FSC coordinator for the Code of
Conduct, announced another informal meeting on June 13 to
consider revisions to the proposal to update the Code
Questionnaire. An informal meeting on June 5 made changes to
the text, which will provide the point of departure for the
June 13 discussion (FSC.DEL/98/08/Rev.1).

Next Meeting
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14. (U) The next FSC meeting will be on June 18.
FINLEY

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