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Cablegate: Australia Group: Germany Informed On Us

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PP RUEHAG RUEHDF RUEHLZ
DE RUEHRL #1003 2261634
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 141634Z AUG 09
FM AMEMBASSY BERLIN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4967
INFO RUCNFRG/FRG COLLECTIVE
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 0662

UNCLAS BERLIN 001003

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STATE FOR EUR/CE PETER SCHROEDER
STATE FOR ISN/CB

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC PARM PGOV PREL PINR TBIO KSTC FR GM
SUBJECT: AUSTRALIA GROUP: GERMANY INFORMED ON US
MICRO-REACTORS PROPOSAL FOR PARIS PLENARY

REF: STATE 82614

1. (SBU) On August 12, EconOff delivered ref A non-paper to
MFA Export Control Division Deputy Office Director,
Markus Klinger, informing Germany of the US intention to
submit a proposal for a "Chemical Micro-Reactor Systems
Experts Group" at the September 2009 Australia Group (AG)
Plenary in Paris. After a first-glance examination of the
non-paper, Klinger said that in principle he supports this
proposal, but Germany would need time to discuss it with
their technical experts before giving an official response.

2. (SBU) Klinger said proliferation concerns regarding
micro-reactors in the framework of the AG is "well known to
Germany" and supports further discussion on this matter.
Klinger said that a specific experts group on chemical
micro-reactor systems gave him pause, and wondered if it
would be better to lump the micro-reactor topic with other
emerging chem/bio technologies of proliferation concern such
as oligonucleotides into a more general "New Technologies
Experts Group."

3. (SBU) Klinger said he would forward the non-paper
immediately to German "experts" and would try to respond
with feedback before the AG Paris Plenary. Post will report
any substantive German response septel.
Bradtke

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