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Cablegate: Spain has Signed and Ratified Nuclear Terrorism

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DE RUEHMD #1469 2061557
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 251557Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY MADRID
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3087
INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE
RUEHLA/AMCONSUL BARCELONA 2947
RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA 0068
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0361
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO 1483

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SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR ISN, L, AND S/CT
FOR EUR/WE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER KNNP MCAP PINR PINS PARM PREL SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN HAS SIGNED AND RATIFIED NUCLEAR TERRORISM
CONVENTION AND ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO DO THE SAME

REF: STATE 102149

1. (SBU) On July 24 Poloff delivered REFTEL to Ignacio
Sanchez, MFA Deputy Director General for Nonproliferation and
Disarmament. Sanchez confirmed that Spain was one of the 23
states to have signed and ratified the International
Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism
(NTC). He said that Spain chose to be in the leading group
of countries to accede to this treaty due to its commitment
to fight terrorism, and it is actively lobbying third
countries to join the convention as well. Sanchez described
Spain's national legislation on terrorism as "quite
extensive," due to Spain's long history with ETA, and now
Islamic terrorist threats. Sanchez said his government looks
forward to U.S. ratification of the treaty.
AGUIRRE

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