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Cablegate: T Letter of Thanks to German Commissioner Groning

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FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY BERLIN IMMEDIATE 6120

UNCLAS STATE 081390

SIPDIS

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SUBJECT: T LETTER OF THANKS TO GERMAN COMMISSIONER GRONING
FOR PSI 5TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION

REF: STATE 023568

1. SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND: Ambassador Friedrich Groning,
Commissioner of the Federal Government for Arms Control and
Disarmament, German Foreign Office, gave a presentation at
the Senior-Level Meeting for all states endorsing the
Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), held May 28, 2008,
in Washington, DC, on the occasion of the PSI's Fifth
Anniversary. Groning's presentation described a PSI resource
website newly proposed and developed by Germany. The PSI
Senior-Level Meeting was attended by representatives of 85
countries, almost all of the 92 states that have endorsed the
PSI.

2. ACTION REQUESTED: Embassy is requested to deliver under
appropriate cover the following letter from Acting Under
Secretary John Rood to Ambassador Groning, thanking him for
his presentation at the PSI Fifth Anniversary Senior-Level
Meeting. The State Department does not plan to release the
text of this letter but has no objection if the Government of
Germany wishes to do so. There will be no signed original.

3. Begin text of letter:

Dear Ambassador Groning:

On behalf of the U.S. Government, I want to thank you for
your presentation "Expanding Distribution of PSI Information:
The PSI Resource Page" given at the May 28, 2008
Senior-Level Meeting for Proliferation Security Initiative
(PSI) participants in Washington DC. Your presentation made
an important contribution to the meeting. We are looking
forward to widespread use of Germany's new PSI website as a
tool for participating countries to stay better informed on
PSI developments.

I believe the PSI Fifth Anniversary Senior-Level Meeting was
very successful in reaffirming the strong commitment of the
PSI partner states to respond to the WMD proliferation
challenge. It also provided the participants from 85
countries an opportunity to strengthen communication with one
another. We hope this event will result in expanded
participation in PSI activities, particularly on a regional
basis. The United States recognizes that Germany plays a
significant role in the PSI, and we greatly appreciate your
Government's continued efforts and contributions to advancing
the PSI goals.

Sincerely,

John C. Rood
Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and
International Security

End text of letter.

4. POINTS OF CONTACT: Washington points of contact on the
PSI are Jane Purcell (e-mail: PurcelJa@state.gov,
202-647-6186); and Carlos Guzman (e-mail: GuzmanCS@state.gov,
202-647-6320). Department appreciates Post's assistance.
RICE

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