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Cablegate: Corrected Copy: Cfe/Csbm: Annual Exchange Of

VZCZCXRO7053
PP RUEHAST RUEHFL RUEHLA RUEHMRE RUEHPOD RUEHROV RUEHSK RUEHSR
DE RUEHVEN #0321 3651236
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 301236Z DEC 08
FM USMISSION USOSCE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6147
INFO RUCNOSC/ORG FOR SECURITY CO OP IN EUR COLLECTIVE
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0666
RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA 1221
RHMFISS/CDR USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
RHMFISS/CDRUSAREUR HEIDELBERG GE
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHDLCNE/CINCUSNAVEUR LONDON UK
RUEKJCS/DIA WASHDC
RUEASWA/DTRA ALEX WASHINGTON DC
RUESDT/DTRA-OSES DARMSTADT GE
RHMFIUU/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL
RUEKJCS/JCS WASHDC
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 1161

UNCLAS USOSCE 000321

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR VCI/CCA, VCI/NRRC, EUR/RPM, EUR/PRA, EUR/CARC,
SCA/CEN, SCA/RA, PM/WRA
JCS FOR J-5
OSD FOR ISA (PERENYI)
NSC FOR HAYES
USUN FOR LEGAL, POL
EUCOM FOR J-5
CENTCOM FOR J-5
UNVIE FOR AC
GENEVA FOR CD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PARM PREL KCFE OSCE RS XG
SUBJECT: CORRECTED COPY: CFE/CSBM: ANNUAL EXCHANGE OF
INFORMATION FOR 2009

REF: STATE 129922

1. (SBU) CORRECTED COPY. Summary. (This cable correctly
reports, in paras 1 and 5, how much some of Azerbaijan's
declared holdings exceed CFE Treaty limits.) Annual
exchanges of information under the CFE Treaty and the Vienna
Document, with information effective January 1, 2009, were
held in Vienna on December 12-15, 2008. Both achieved high
levels of participation. The electronic exchange, with
support provided by the United States, also reached a high
participation level. As expected, Russia did not provide its
CFE data. Azerbaijan's declared holdings continue to exceed
its Treaty limits, this year by 161 Battle Tanks and by 119
artillery pieces (see para 5). End summary.

2. (SBU) CFE Treaty: Required hard-copy information was
provided by 27 of the 30 States Parties. As expected, Russia
did not provide its data (see para 4) and Mission is awaiting
Iceland's nil report. Belarus for the first time failed to
provide hardcopy data, although they did provide data in the
electronic exchange. USDEL queried a Belarus rep on this
omission after the FSC meeting on December 17, who explained
that they were having "technical problems" and hoped to have
the hardcopy data provided by early the next week. Georgia
delivered its hard-copy information late because of what it
termed "technical delays." With the exception of Russia,
Iceland, and Georgia, all States Parties participated in the
automated exchange.

3. (SBU) Vienna Document 1999: Information was submitted in
hard copy by 44 participating States; 45 participated in the
electronic exchange. In addition, diplomatic notes conveying
nil reports are on hand from Iceland and Canada. NOTE: Nil
reports are still pending from Andorra, Liechtenstein,
Monaco, San Marino and the Holy See. END NOTE. Of those with
military forces, data have not yet been submitted by
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

4. (SBU) Russia: Based on its "suspension" of implementation
of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE),
Russia again failed to provide its information as of January
1, 2009 on its force structure, armaments, and personnel as
required during the annual exchange of data by the CFE
Treaty. Russia did, however, provide the information
required by the Vienna Document, which is significantly less
detailed. The U.S., NATO States Parties, Georgia, Moldova,
and Ukraine provided information to all CFE States Parties,
including Russia. As it did last year, Russia continues to
exclude the BRM-1K armored vehicle from Vienna Document
reporting, while all other holders continue to declare them
as AIFVs.

5. (SBU) Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan's declared holdings exceed
its Treaty limits by 161 Battle Tanks, compared to 99 over
limit last year, and by 119 artillery pieces, compared to 64
over limit last year.

6. (SBU) Fourteen OSCE participating States have provided
their Global Exchange of Information (GEMI) data for 2009,
which is due in April 2009.
FINLEY

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