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Cablegate: Fsc of December 9: Winding Down 2009; Winding Up

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SUBJECT: FSC OF DECEMBER 9: WINDING DOWN 2009; WINDING UP
2010

1. (SBU) Summary: At 2009's penultimate meeting of the FSC
on December 9, the UK Chair (Cliff) reviewed the its
accomplishments and reflected on the 2010 workload. There
were no items for discussion in Working Group "B." Working
Group "A" had a quick exchange on Ukraine's
"Food-for-Thought" paper on "interpretations of some
provision is VD99, Chapter I "Annual Exchange of Military
Information. Ukraine announced it would provide more detail
at the Meeting of the Heads of Verification Centers on
December 14. End Summary.

2. (SBU) The December 9 FSC was chaired by UK Ambassador Ian
Cliff as the final substantive plenary of the UK's
chairmanship. Greece assumes the chair in 2010 (to be
followed by Hungary and Ireland). Cliff reviewed the
accomplishments including the Ministerial Decisions on Small
Arms/Light Weapons and Stockpiles of Conventional Ammunition,
the Issues Relevant to the FSC, which lays out a "full
program of events, discussions and tasks" in 2010 on
strengthening the political-military toolbox including VD99,
and the noteworthy first declaration on Non-Proliferation.
Cliff remarked that events "underscored the relevance of the
FSC" and the important contribution of arms control experts
in the broader Corfu process.

Ukraine on Vienna Document and deployed forces

3. (SBU) No issues were raised in Working Group "B." Under
Agenda Item 2 (Vienna Document) of Working Group "A," Ukraine
reintroduced its "Food-for-Thought" paper on improving the
interpretation of information on military units to include
those deployed that were not located in their normal
peacetime location (FSC.DEL/196/09). Ukraine planned to
discuss in more detail the paper at the Meeting of Heads of
Verification Centers (HOVC) on December 14, with the
intention of introducing a draft FSC decision after the
winter holidays. (Note: WGA's UK Chair (Hartnell) welcomed
Ukraine presenting its paper at the HOVC, noting the dearth
of Food-for-Thought papers for the meeting. End note.)

4. (SBU) Greece and Germany requested clarifications on
elements within the Ukrainian paper. Greece asked about the
time-lines for reporting on deployed units, and whether the
reporting requirements would include military exercises and,
separately, deployments in peace support operations. Germany
asked for an elaboration of the terms "remote elements
deployed separately," whether the units were independent
battalions of other forces, and what would be the
consequences under the Ukraine proposal for inspection visits
and would it require an automatic increase in quotas?
Ukraine took note of the questions and said these would be
addressed at the HOVC Meeting.

5. (SBU) Austria announced that it would hold on December 14,
a symposium titled "Ten Years Vienna Document 1999:
Confidence and Security Building ) Past, Present and Future"
(FSC.DEL/209/09), to be held at the National Defense Academy.


6. (SBU) The CPC noted, under Any Other Business, its Monthly
Report on Activities was circulated December 1
(FSC.GAL/133/09); reminded delegates that the draft agenda
for the HOVC was circulated (FSC.GAL/132/09); and noted it
was circulating for the HOVC Meeting a Food-for-Thought paper
on quota distributions for air base visits (FSC.GAL/139/09).

7. (SBU) The final FSC plenary for the calendar year under
the UK Chairmanship will be held December 16. The two
Working Groups will not be scheduled to meet until after
Greece assumes the Chair in 2010.
FULLER

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