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Cablegate: Support for the Iraqi Special Tribunal: Finland

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C O N F I D E N T I A L HELSINKI 001444

SIPDIS

STATE FOR S/WCI, NEA, EUR/NB, AND EUR/ERA

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/12/2014
TAGS: PREL PHUM KAWC PTER PREF IZ FI
SUBJECT: SUPPORT FOR THE IRAQI SPECIAL TRIBUNAL: FINLAND
HAS NOT YET RECEIVED DPM SALIH LETTER

REF: A. STATE 240444
B. STATE 209778

Classified By: Ambassador Earle I. Mack, for reasons 1.4(B) and (D)

1. (C) Embassy delivered Ref A demarche November 10 to Anu
Laamanen-Ryter, Director of the Finnish MFA's Unit for
Civilian Crisis Management. Laamanen-Ryter said that Finland
would like to find a way to assist the Iraqi Special Tribunal
(IST) if it can. The GoF would hope to find some area in
which they could aid the Tribunal without evoking a domestic
political debate in Finland over capital punishment in Iraq.

2. (U) Laamanen-Ryter said that to the best of her knowledge,
the GoF has yet to receive the expected request letter from
Deputy PM Salih. Her unit has since checked with the rest of
the MFA and with the office of Finnish Prime Minister
Vanhanen, and can find no indication that the letter has been
received.

3. (U) For S/WCI: If Department and IIG wish, Embassy
Helsinki would be happy to convey a copy of Deputy PM Salih's
letter to the GoF. Letter can be e-mailed to Political
Section Chief Hall at HallJM@state.gov, or faxed to us at
358-9-6162-5766.
MACK

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