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Viewing cable 06REYKJAVIK102, ICELAND: ADDITIONAL IRAQ ASSISTANCE NOT

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06REYKJAVIK102 2006-03-23 17:05 2011-01-13 05:05 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Reykjavik
VZCZCXYZ0020
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHRK #0102 0821709
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 231709Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY REYKJAVIK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2651
INFO RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO PRIORITY 0193
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
UNCLAS REYKJAVIK 000102 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE, SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: EAID PREL IZ IC
SUBJECT:  ICELAND:  ADDITIONAL IRAQ ASSISTANCE NOT 
CURRENTLY ON THE TABLE 
 
REF:  (A) STATE 44648, (B) REYKJAVIK 69 
 
1. (SBU) Post briefed Icelandic MFA Head of Security 
and Disarmament Division Thordur Bjarni Gudjonsson 
March 23 on the President's budget requests for Iraq 
(ref A).  Asked the current Icelandic thinking on 
additional assistance for Iraqi reconstruction, 
Gudjonsson referenced Reykjavik's recent donation to 
the NATO Training Mission-Iraq (ref B) and said nothing 
further was planned at present.  Referring to the U.S. 
decision announced this month to draw down Naval Air 
Station Keflavik (NASKEF) he added, "After the last 
blow we have use for all the spare cash we can find." 
 
2. (SBU) Comment:  The Government of Iceland has long 
argued that the U.S. should view its contributions 
(e.g. of airlift, peacekeepers, and cash) to NATO 
operations as counterbalancing Icelandic unwillingness 
to contribute to the costs of its own defense, e.g. by 
contributing to the NASKEF budget.  We will be watching 
to see whether the Government now adopts a systematic 
policy of declining to participate in international 
endeavors on the grounds that the U.S. has undercut 
Iceland's ability to act generously.  In light of its 
bid to join the 2009-10 UN Security Council, we predict 
any reluctance to be an international player will be 
short-lived.  End comment. 
 
VAN VOORST