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Viewing cable 06REYKJAVIK208, ICELAND WILL NOT ATTEND PSI HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06REYKJAVIK208 2006-06-09 17:05 2011-01-13 05:05 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Reykjavik
VZCZCXRO4109
OO RUEHIK RUEHYG
DE RUEHRK #0208 1601721
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 091721Z JUN 06
FM AMEMBASSY REYKJAVIK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2822
INFO RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE
UNCLAS REYKJAVIK 000208 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KNNP MNUC PARM PGOV IC
SUBJECT: ICELAND WILL NOT ATTEND PSI HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL 
MEETING 
 
REF: SECSTATE 84640 
 
1. Having forwarded a copy of the Polish invitation May 31, 
post spoke with MFA Acting Political Director Thordur Bjarni 
Gudjonsson June 9 to reiterate the significance of the 
Proliferation Security Initiative High Level Political 
Meeting as well as the planned high level of U.S. 
representation.  Gudjonsson reported that Reykjavik had 
regretfully concluded June 8 that it had inadequate staff 
resources to send someone to the June 23 meeting in Warsaw. 
 
2.  Comment:  The Icelandic MFA is indeed stretched 
especially thin at present:  Political Director Bergdis 
Ellertsdottir is on maternity leave until September; 
Reykjavik hosted a Council of Baltic Sea States summit June 8 
(even though it is not on the Baltic Sea); and the GOI 
announced this week that Prime Minister Halldor Asgrimsson 
would step down this month and that Foreign Minister Geir 
Haarde would replace him.  No new FM has yet been named, and 
career Icelandic diplomats say they do not yet have a clear 
read on whom the Government is likely to name as Haarde's 
successor.  End comment. 
van Voorst