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Cablegate: Gicnt: U.S. Confirms Support for Israel June 2010

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FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO RUEHTV/AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV PRIORITY 0014
INFO RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW PRIORITY 5631

UNCLAS STATE 121106

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: IS PARM PREL PTER RS US KGIC
SUBJECT: GICNT: U.S. CONFIRMS SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL JUNE 2010
LEGAL FRAMEWORKS AND FORENSICS WORKSHOP

REF: TEL AVIV 2420

1. This is an action request for Embassy Tel Aviv. Please
see paragraph 3.
SUMMARY
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2. The United States supports the Government of Israel,s
(GOI) request to host a Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear
Terrorism (GICNT) workshop on legal frameworks and forensics
to combat nuclear and radiological terror in Jerusalem on
June 7-8, 2010. The U.S. has discussed with Russian MFA
staff (Russian GICNT Co-Chair) who are also in support of
this activity. The Co-Chairs look forward to additional
details from Israel on the planned agenda and goals of the
workshop.
OBJECTIVES
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3. Department requests Post to inform appropriate GOI
officials of the following:

--Thank GOI for its active role in the GICNT and willingness
to host activities that strengthen the partnership.

--Confirm U.S. support for the GOI,s proposed GICNT workshop
on legal frameworks and forensics to combat nuclear and
radiological terror, scheduled for June 7-8, 2010 in
Jerusalem, noting that the U.S. has discussed this with the
Russian GICNT Co-Chair.

--Request the GOI to provide details on the planned agenda
and goals of the workshop to the Co-Chairs as soon as they
are available.

--Welcome an Israeli presentation on this proposed workshop
at the January 19, 2010 Exercise Planning Group.

REPORTING DEADLINES
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4. Department requests that Post reports GOI,s response by
December 2, 2009.
BACKGROUND
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5. On October 30, the GOI proposed holding a workshop on
legal frameworks and forensics to combat nuclear and
radiological terror for GICNT partners on June 7-8, 2010.
The GOI requested confirmation from Co-Chairs prior to
beginning planning (Reftel).
6. Background on the GICNT: The GICNT was launched in July
2006. Its mission is to strengthen international cooperation
and collaboration to build partners, individual and
collective capacity to combat the threat of nuclear
terrorism. The United States and the Russian Federation
co-chair the GICNT. GICNT partners are committed to a set of
principles that encompass a broad range of deterrence,
prevention, detection, and response objectives. Through
multilateral activities and exercises, partners share best
practices and lessons learned, particularly with regional
neighbors, in order to strengthen both individual and
collective capabilities to combat the threat of nuclear
terrorism. To date, partners have conducted over thirty
multilateral activities and five senior-level GICNT meetings,
resulting in strengthened policies, enhanced information
sharing techniques, and greater partner nation transparency
and collaboration.
7. President Obama has called for the Global Initiative to
become a &durable international institution8 (Prague
speech, April 2009). Both the United States and Russia
welcome the expansion and strengthening of the Global
Initiative and are currently taking steps to enhance
implementation of the Initiative. There are now 76 partners
in the Global Initiative and four official observers: the
European Union (EU), International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), the International Criminal Police Organization
(INTERPOL), and the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime
(UNODC).
POINT OF CONTACT
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8. The Department greatly appreciates Post,s assistance.
All cables associated with the GICNT should be slugged to the
Department for ISN/WMDT and the relevant regional bureaus.
E-mails regarding the GICNT may be sent to
.
CLINTON

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