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Cablegate: Finnish Views On the Global Threat Reduction

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UNCLAS HELSINKI 001443

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KNNP TRGY AORC PTER FI IAEA
SUBJECT: FINNISH VIEWS ON THE GLOBAL THREAT REDUCTION
INITIATIVE INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS CONFERENCE

REF: SECSTATE 233267

1. On November 2, Acting Econ Chief delivered the reftel
demarche to officials at the Ministry of Trade and Industry,
the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) and the
Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

2. Jussi Manninen, Head of the Nuclear Energy Division at the
Finnish Ministry of Trade and Industry, expressed his thanks
for the talking points and explained that security of nuclear
materials has been an important issue to Finnish regulatory
authorities since Finland introduced nuclear energy for
electricity production in the 1960s. Note: Finland has begun
construction of its fifth nuclear power plant in Olkiluoto,
which is expected to be completed by 2010.

3. Manninen added that the Finnish regulatory regime has a
well-developed system to account for other high-risk
radioactive materials as well. He acknowledged Finland's
readiness to work toward following the guidance contained in
the IAEA Code of Conduct on Safety and Security of
Radioactive Sources. He said he recently reaffirmed this in a
letter to the Director General of the IAEA.
MACK

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