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Cablegate: Unscr 1747/Oecd: Austria Favors Discussion Within

VZCZCXYZ0011
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHVI #1652 1711756
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 201756Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY VIENNA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7704
INFO RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS IMMEDIATE 0798
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS IMMEDIATE

UNCLAS VIENNA 001652

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

PARIS FOR USOECD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL EFIN ETRD EXIM OECD IR AU
SUBJECT: UNSCR 1747/OECD: AUSTRIA FAVORS DISCUSSION WITHIN
EU, NOT IN OECD

REF: STATE 81875

1. (SBU) Acting EconPol Counselor met on June 15 with Silvia
Maca, Head of the Ministry of Finance's Export Financing and
Promotion Division to inquire about an Austrian response to
the U.S. survey on Iran and export credits (reftel). Maca
said that the GoA, to her knowledge, had not received the
survey. We passed the survey and the U.S. responses to her.

2. (SBU) Maca questioned whether the OECD Export Credit
Group (ECG) was the appropriate forum to discuss export
credit policies towards Iran. The ECG had historically not
served as a policy-influencing body. Maca stressed that the
EU was a more suitable venue to discuss export credit
policies, especially in a political context. Maca opined
that EU Member States would discuss the survey at an upcoming
Council Working Group on Export Controls.
Kilner

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