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Cablegate: Briefing On Declaration On Nuclear Energy And

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R 100935Z JUL 07
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STATE FOR T, ISN, EUR; DOE FOR NE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KNNP PARM FR
SUBJECT: BRIEFING ON DECLARATION ON NUCLEAR ENERGY AND
NONPROLIFERATION - PROVIDED TO FRENCH AUTHORITIES

REF: SECSTATE 93192

1. (U) As instructed reftel, on July 9, ESTH Counselor,
together with Russian Embassy disarmament expert, Dr. Igor
Kondratskiy, called on Martin Briens, Head of the Disarmament
and Nuclear Nonproliferation Office, and Jean Cazalet,
Adviser on Civilian Nuclear Matters, Economic Affairs
Department, MFA to present the 'Declaration on Nuclear Energy
and Nonproliferation' and discuss its contents. Thierry
Ethvignot, North America Desk Officer for the French Atomic
Energy Commission also attended the meeting.

2. (U) Briens responded to the U.S. and Russian
presentations, which were identical, very positively that
"France fully shares in the goals of the instrument." He
also referred to the Declaration as "timely," pointing out
that when the idea of having specific countries provide for
international nuclear fuel supply first arose several years
ago, it was not then "ripe." Briens said that a confluence
of factors and events, among them the U.S.-led GNEP
initiative, as well as global climate concerns, make the
Declaration a proposal whose time has come.

3. (SBU) The French side, however, asked questions to which
neither Kondratskiy nor ESTH Counselor could reply with
precision. Generally, the Russian and U.S. presenters
highlighted that the Declaration provided clear direction,
and intent for an expanded nuclear energy future, bearing
constantly in mind the nonproliferation challenge. The
Declaration contained a strong statement of political will on
the part of the two leaders. Nonetheless, Briens asked about
specific, practical mechanisms for implementation, other than
those mentioned in the Declaration's text, such as GNEP or
IAEA. What would third countries receiving nuclear fuel from
a designated fuel supply country be required to do to become
eligible for such fuel; might they be required, for example,
"to renounce" their sovereign right to enrich uranium?, the
French side queried. There were questions about the
bilateral agreement, to which Kondratskiy and ESTH Counselor
demurred. Briens also asked about the financial mechanisms
alluded to in the text of the Declaration.


Please visit Paris' Classified Website at:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/paris/index.c fm


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