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Cablegate: Germany Unlikely to Change Stance On de-Alerting

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SUBJECT: GERMANY UNLIKELY TO CHANGE STANCE ON DE-ALERTING
RESOLUTION

REF: STATE 111744

(SBU) Poloffs delivered reftel points on October 22 to MFA
Office Director for Defense and Security Policy Bernhard
Schlagheck. Although Schlagheck assured that he would raise
the points with his disarmament colleagues, he expected
Germany to remain firm in its support for the de-alerting
resolution. He acknowledged that the current wording of
resolution does not reflect stringent U.S. procedures in
place regarding nuclear weapons, and informed Poloffs that
MFA had sent a cable to the German UN Mission in New York
concerning the resolution's wording. Germany plans to raise
this concern with the Swedes in New York.
Pollard

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