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Cablegate: Fsc of November 25: "Issues" and Others to Be

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SUBJECT: FSC OF NOVEMBER 25: "ISSUES" AND OTHERS TO BE
DISCUSSED IN ATHENS

REF: A. STATE 121301
B. STATE 121091

1. (SBU) The Forum for Security Cooperation's Working Group B
(WGB) preceded the plenary in order to determine whether any
of the draft decisions intended to be presented to the OSCE
Ministerial Council in Athens could be moved forward. Of the
four draft substantive items on the agenda only the FSC input
for the Athens Ministerial Council Declaration
(MC.GAL/5/09/Rev.2) moved to the FSC plenary where it was
approved for Athens. The UK Chair (Gare) retained the FSC's
Issues Relevant Decision, Ukraine's Non-Proliferation
Declaration, and Russia's proposed VD99 Review on the agenda
for a WGB to be convened in Athens at a date and time to be
determined.

2. (SBU) Discussions on the draft "Issues Relevant to the
FSC" (MC.DD/8/09/Rev.5) and on the Non-Proliferation Draft
Declaration (FSC.DEL/199/09/Rev.2) were deferred due to the
absence of formal instructions among some delegations.
Russia (Ulyanov) again instigated a lengthy discussion on its
proposal for a Ministerial Decision on VD99
(FSC.DEL/203/09/Rev.1/Corr.1 -- now listing Kazakhstan as a
co-sponsor alongside Belarus). There was no expressed change
of position among delegates, but Russia noted its
determination to keep the issue on the agenda for discussion
in Athens. Interestingly Germany (Risse) nuanced its
intervention on VD99 review calling for a "clear mandate from
the Ministerial Council whether in a separate decision or
other clear statement." Germany, however, did not respond to
a U.S. (Ellis) question on whether Germany had language to
propose in lieu of a separate decision.

3. (SBU) Under WGB Agenda Item 7, "Any other business,"
Finland reported on an additional euros 62K for the SALW/SCA
project targeting refurbishment of a storage facility in
Moldova Moldova (Cuc) requested other donors to help in
financing the project and noted Spain was expected to make a
similar contribution. Croatia reported on its National
Expert Workshop on Cyber-Security that was held on 23-24
November in Zagreb, noting that UN, EU, COE and OSCE
officials -- including the ATU's participation -- helped make
the workshop a success. The U.S. (Ellis) made a point to
thank Croatia for keeping cyber-security on the agenda, and
added that the U.S. would be returning to this topic in due
course.

Working Group "A" -- Drafts agreed

4. (SBU) WGA moved to plenary the two draft decisions on its
agenda -- Agenda and Modalities of the 20th AIAM
(FSC.DD/9/09/Rev.2) and the update on FSC Decision 15/02 on
Expert Advice on Implementationof Sectino V of the OSCE
Document on SALW (FSC.DD/12/09). (NOTE: The FSC Plenary
subsequently approved both decisions. End Note.)

5. (SBU) The CPC reported on the Vienna Document training
conference it held in Ashgabat from 18-19 November, focusing
on instruments and exchanges. The CPC also worked with
Turkmenistanis to acquaint them with the exchange of military
information and SALW issues. Finally, the CPC announced that
it had determined that Turkmenistan's connection to the OSCE
Communications Network was deemed "technically feasible."

6. (SBU) The next meeting of WGA is scheduled for December 9,
following the FSC Plenary and WGB.
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