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Viewing cable 07REYKJAVIK248, ICELAND: TIMELINE ON ADAPTED CFE DELIVERED

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07REYKJAVIK248 2007-08-29 08:08 2011-01-13 05:05 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Reykjavik
VZCZCXYZ0015
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHRK #0248 2410839
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 290839Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY REYKJAVIK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3419
INFO RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO PRIORITY 0248
RUEHVEN/USMISSION USOSCE VIENNA PRIORITY 0004
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEHXP/ALL NATO POST COLLECTIVE
RUCNCFE/CONVENTIONAL ARMED FORCES IN EUROPE COLLECTIVE
C O N F I D E N T I A L REYKJAVIK 000248 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR -- PDAS VOLKER AND VCI/CCA 
DEPT ALSO FOR EUR/RPM, EUR/NB 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/21/2017 
TAGS: NATO KCFE PARM PREL IC
SUBJECT: ICELAND: TIMELINE ON ADAPTED CFE DELIVERED 
 
REF: STATE 116194 
 
Classified By: Amb. Carol van Voorst for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
(C) Pol Chief called the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) 
on August 20 to alert the Ministry to the rollout of a proposed 
Adapted Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) timetable in 
Washington that day, and delivered reftel points and timetable in a 
follow-up meeting on August 21.  MFA Minister Counsellor Nick 
Hannigan noted his appreciation for Washington's efforts to find a 
way forward on the issue of the CFE and Russia's unmet Istanbul 
Commitments, though noting that "the Russians don't seem to be in a 
constructive mood of late."  He added that Iceland's delegation to 
the September 13 HLTF meeting would be prepared to discuss the 
timetable. 
 
2.  (C) Post notes that Icelandic ratification and entry into force 
of the original CFE Treaty took over a year, though most of this 
delay involved translation of the proposed treaty into Icelandic. 
The Althingi (parliament) opened its session that year on October 1, 
1991.  The actual time from the introduction of the treaty in the 
Althingi Foreign Affairs Committee on November 25, 1991 to its 
approval by the full Althingi on December 14, 1991 and ratification 
by the government on December 24, 1991, was comparatively short. 
Barring a need to completely re-translate an Adapted CFE, it would be 
plausible that the Government of Iceland could push through 
ratification during the upcoming October 1 - May 31 Althingi session. 
 
van Voorst