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Cablegate: Finland: Informed That Unodc Is Gicnt Observer

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DE RUEHHE #0317 2360653
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 240653Z AUG 09
FM AMEMBASSY HELSINKI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5146
INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS HELSINKI 000317

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PARM PREL PTER KGIC FI RU
SUBJECT: FINLAND: INFORMED THAT UNODC IS GICNT OBSERVER

REF: STATE 83550

(U) On August 18, PolOff delivered reftel message with German
Parfenov from the Russian Embassy to Outi Holopainen,
Director, Finnish MFA Unit for Arms Control, Disarmament and
Non-proliferation. Holopainen noted that the UNODC observer
addition is a plus for synergy and coordination. She said
that she felt Government of Finland (GoF) reaped benefits
from GICNT membership since the EU has taken up work on
nuclear terrorism and weapons of mass destruction and GoF
ministries (such as transportation) have embraced related
detection work and raised domestic awareness.
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