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Cablegate: T Letter of Thanks to Under Secretary of State

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TO AMEMBASSY WARSAW IMMEDIATE 1415

UNCLAS STATE 072987

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SUBJECT: T LETTER OF THANKS TO UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE
WASZCZYKOWSKI FOR PSI SPEECH

REF: STATE 023570

1. SUMMARY: Polish Under Secretary of State Witold
Waszczykowski delivered the luncheon address during the
Senior-Level Meeting for all states endorsing the
Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) held on May 28, 2008,
in Washington, DC, on the occasion of the PSI's Fifth
Anniversary (copy forwarded separately). The Senior-Level
Meeting was attended by representatives of 85 countries,
almost all of the 92 states that have endorsed the PSI.

2. ACTION REQUESTED: Embassy is requested to deliver under
appropriate cover the following letter from Acting Under
Secretary John Rood to Under Secretary of State
Waszczykowski, thanking him for his speech. The State
Department does not plan to release the text of this message
but has no objection if the Government of Poland wishes to do
so. There will be no signed original.

3. Begin text of letter:

Dear Under Secretary of State Waszczykowski:

On behalf of the U.S. Government, I want to thank you for
your luncheon address delivered at the May 28, 2008
Senior-Level Meeting of Proliferation Security Initiative
(PSI) participants in Washington DC, covering Poland's views
on the state of the PSI. Your speech made an important
contribution to the success of the meeting. I particularly
welcome your call for greater regional cooperation and
Poland's proposal to host a regional Operational Experts
Group (OEG) meeting next year. For our part, the U.S.
Department of Defense is planning to host a regional OEG
meeting next year for Western Hemisphere states. Poland
will, of course, also be invited to participate.

I believe the PSI Fifth Anniversary Senior-Level Meeting was
very successful in reaffirming the strong commitment of the
PSI partner states to respond to the WMD proliferation
challenge. It also provided the participants from 85
countries an opportunity to strengthen communication with
each other. We hope this event will result in expanded
participation in PSI activities, particularly on a regional
basis. The United States recognizes that Poland plays a
significant role in the PSI, and we greatly appreciate your
Government's continued efforts and contributions to advancing
the PSI goals.

Sincerely,

John C. Rood
Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and
International Security

End text of letter.

4. POINTS OF CONTACT: Washington points of contact on the
PSI are Jane Purcell, e-mail: PurcelJa@state.gov ,
202-647-6186; and Carlos Guzman, e-mail: GuzmanCS@state.gov ,
202-647-6320. Department appreciates Post's assistance.
RICE

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