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Cablegate: Cfe/Csbm: Annual Exchange of Information for 2009

VZCZCXRO3584
PP RUEHAST RUEHFL RUEHLA RUEHMRE RUEHPOD RUEHROV RUEHSK RUEHSR
DE RUEHVEN #0320 3581335
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 231335Z DEC 08
FM USMISSION USOSCE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6146
INFO RUCNOSC/ORG FOR SECURITY CO OP IN EUR COLLECTIVE
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0665
RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA 1220
RHMFISS/CDR USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
RHMFISS/CDRUSAREUR HEIDELBERG GE
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHDLCNE/CINCUSNAVEUR LONDON UK
RUEKJCS/DIA WASHDC
RUEASWA/DTRA ALEX WASHINGTON DC
RUESDT/DTRA-OSES DARMSTADT GE
RHMFIUU/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL
RUEKJCS/JCS WASHDC
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 1160

UNCLAS USOSCE 000320

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR VCI/CCA, VCI/NRRC, EUR/RPM, EUR/PRA, EUR/CARC,
SCA/CEN, SCA/RA, PM/WRA
JCS FOR J-5
OSD FOR ISA (PERENYI)
NSC FOR HAYES
USUN FOR LEGAL, POL
EUCOM FOR J-5
CENTCOM FOR J-5
UNVIE FOR AC
GENEVA FOR CD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PARM PREL KCFE OSCE RS XG
SUBJECT: CFE/CSBM: ANNUAL EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION FOR 2009

REF: STATE 129922

1. (SBU) Summary. Annual exchanges of information under the
CFE Treaty and the Vienna Document, with information
effective January 1, 2009, were held in Vienna on December
12-15, 2008. Both achieved high levels of participation.
The electronic exchange, with support provided by the United
States, also reached a high participation level. As
expected, Russia did not provide its CFE data. Azerbaijan's
declared holdings exceed their Treaty limits by 99 Battle
Tanks and by 64 artillery pieces, compared to 58 last year
(see para 5). End summary.

2. (SBU) CFE Treaty: Required hard-copy information was
provided by 27 of the 30 States Parties. As expected, Russia
did not provide its data (see para 4) and Mission is awaiting
Iceland's nil report. Belarus for the first time failed to
provide hardcopy data, although they did provide data in the
electronic exchange. USDEL queried a Belarus rep on this
omission after the FSC meeting on December 17, who explained
that they were having "technical problems" and hoped to have
the hardcopy data provided by early the next week. Georgia
delivered its hard-copy information late because of what it
termed "technical delays." With the exception of Russia,
Iceland, and Georgia, all States Parties participated in the
automated exchange.

3. (SBU) Vienna Document 1999: Information was submitted in
hard copy by 44 participating States; 45 participated in the
electronic exchange. In addition, diplomatic notes conveying
nil reports are on hand from Iceland and Canada. NOTE: Nil
reports are still pending from Andorra, Liechtenstein,
Monaco, San Marino and the Holy See. END NOTE. Of those with
military forces, data have not yet been submitted by
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

4. (SBU) Russia: Based on its "suspension" of implementation
of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE),
Russia again failed to provide its information as of January
1, 2009 on its force structure, armaments, and personnel as
required during the annual exchange of data by the CFE
Treaty. Russia did, however, provide the information
required by the Vienna Document, which is significantly less
detailed. The U.S., NATO States Parties, Georgia, Moldova,
and Ukraine provided information to all CFE States Parties,
including Russia. As it did last year, Russia continues to
exclude the BRM-1K armored vehicle from Vienna Document
reporting, while all other holders continue to declare them
as AIFVs.

5. (SBU) Azerbaijan: A preliminary assessment of Azerbaijani
data shows that instead of lowering its holdings of battle
tanks and artillery pieces, it actually has declared higher
amounts in these categories. Azerbaijan's declared holdings
exceed its Treaty limits by 161 Battle Tanks, compared to 99
over limit last year, and by 119 artillery pieces, compared
to 64 over limit last year.

6. (SBU) Fourteen OSCE participating States have provided
their Global Exchange of Information (GEMI) data for 2009,
which is due in April 2009.
FINLEY

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