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Cablegate: Reykjavik Oig Compliance Update/Request for Extension

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DE RUEHRK #0216 3381641
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 041641Z DEC 09
FM AMEMBASSY REYKJAVIK
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4232

UNCLAS REYKJAVIK 000216

SENSITIVE

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASIG ASEC ABLD IC
SUBJECT: REYKJAVIK OIG COMPLIANCE UPDATE/REQUEST FOR EXTENSION

REF: A. STATE 2995, B. STATE 085363, C. SIO-I-03-61

1. (SBU) Post is committed to closing Recommendation 2 in the OIG's
2003 report (ref c) as soon as possible. Post continues to advise
the OIG on the status of the Perimeter Security Upgrade Project in
line with Recommendation 2 in ref c. As previously reported, Post
has been denied a permit by the city of Reykjavik to build on the
property because of opposition by the neighbors in the vicinity of
the Mission.

2. (SBU) Post is still awaiting the appointment of a Chief of
Mission, a process that has delayed a final decision on the
construction project. Due to an anticipated arrival of a new COM
sometime in spring 2010, Post requests an extension on the final
decision on the project until July 2010. This extension should
allow the incoming COM enough time to fully examine this complex
issue and make a determination on how to proceed.

3. (SBU) POC is Marco A. Fernandez, RSO.

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