Search

 

Cablegate: Finland Will Not Join Gnep

VZCZCXYZ0005
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHHE #0665 2431348
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 311348Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY HELSINKI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3711
RHEBAAA/DOE WASHDC
INFO RUEHVI/AMEMBASSY VIENNA 4676
RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA 0002

UNCLAS HELSINKI 000665

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DOE: MAUREEN CLAPPER, DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL
NUCLEAR ENERGY POLICY AND COOPERATION

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ENRG TRGY KNNP IAEA FI
SUBJECT: FINLAND WILL NOT JOIN GNEP

REF: A. SECSTATE 114102

B. SECSTATE 118280

1. (SBU) Citing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
as the clear instrument for all nuclear issues, including
multilateral fuel issues, Riku Huttunen, Head of the Energy
Administration and Nuclear Energy Division in the Finnish
Ministry of Trade and Industry told econoff that Finland was
not prepared to join GNEP at this time, preferring instead to
remain an observer. Although Huttunen said Finland values
many aspects of GNEP, including its focus on
non-proliferation and research into developing advanced
technology, the Finns are concerned about any new
organizations disrupting the existing open-market conditions
for IAEA members to procure and process uranium. Huttunen
said Finland believes many &open issues8 need to be settled
at the IAEA-level before being addressed in other fora.

2. (SBU) Minister of Trade and Industry Mauri Pekkarinen will
not attend the GNEP meeting or the IAEA meeting in Vienna in
September. Finland will likely be represented at the IAEA
meetings by Kirsti Kauppi, its Ambassador to Austria.

3. (U) The Embassy point of contact on this issue is Glenn
Lewis, Economic Officer )- lewisgk@state.gov.
HYATT

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Washington Riot And The Georgia Results
Hong Kong and Washington DC. On the same morning, the tyrants in power in Beijing and their counterpart in the White House have shown how they refuse to accept the legitimacy of any different points of view, and the prospect of losing power… More>>

WHO: Vaccination No Guarantee Of Virus Eradication

In the final World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 press conference of the year, on Monday, senior officials warned that the virus is 'not necessarily the big one', and that there is a real chance of another, more serious pandemic spreading ... More>>

Covid: Two Billion COVID Vaccine Doses Secured, WHO Says End Of Pandemic Is In Sight

The end of the pandemic is in sight but we must not let our guard down, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as he welcomed the news that the global vaccine partnership COVAX has lined up almost two billion doses of existing ... More>>

UN: Guterres To Seek Second Five-year Term
António Guterres will be seeking a second five-year term as UN Secretary-General, which would begin in January 2022.... More>>


UN Rights Office: Iran Execution Of Child Offender Breaks International Law

The execution of an Iranian man for a crime allegedly committed when he was 16 years old has been condemned by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and raised concerns over violations of his right to a fair trial. In a statement released on Thursday, ... More>>

UN News: Fighting Displaces Over 500,000 In Northern Mozambique, Reports UN Refuge Agency

Attacks by armed groups in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Zambezia and Niassa provinces have displaced more than 530,000 people, many of whom have been forced to move multiple times, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. According to ... More>>