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Viewing cable 07REYKJAVIK277, Iceland: Press in New York for a position on Partnership

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07REYKJAVIK277 2007-09-21 17:05 2011-01-13 05:05 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Reykjavik
VZCZCXYZ0002
PP RUEHWEB

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FM AMEMBASSY REYKJAVIK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3446
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0085
RUEHBR/AMEMBASSY BRASILIA 0004
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 0004
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RUEHSG/AMEMBASSY SANTIAGO 0006
RUEHDS/AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA 0002
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 0039
RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 0040
RUEHOT/AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 0012
RUEHPG/AMEMBASSY PRAGUE 0013
RUEHCP/AMEMBASSY COPENHAGEN 0347
RUEHHE/AMEMBASSY HELSINKI 0126
RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN 0032
RUEHTH/AMEMBASSY ATHENS 0010
RUEHUP/AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST 0005
RUEHDL/AMEMBASSY DUBLIN 0010
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME 0018
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 0028
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL 0004
RUEHLE/AMEMBASSY LUXEMBOURG 0012
RUEHME/AMEMBASSY MEXICO 0006
RUEHWL/AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON 0057
RUEHNY/AMEMBASSY OSLO 0304
RUEHWR/AMEMBASSY WARSAW 0009
RUEHLI/AMEMBASSY LISBON 0011
RUEHSL/AMEMBASSY BRATISLAVA 0008
RUEHSM/AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM 0155
RUEHAK/AMEMBASSY ANKARA 0015
UNCLAS REYKJAVIK 000277 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR G (FERRAO), DRL/MLGA (PAZ) 
DEPT ALSO FOR EUR/NB (WHEELER) 
ADDIS ABABA for USAU 
PARIS for USOECD Paul Reid, Curtis Stone 
BRUSSELS for USEU Patricia Lerner 
USOAS for Bob Manzanares 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: EAID KDEM OECD UNGA PREL IC
SUBJECT: Iceland: Press in New York for a position on Partnership 
for Democratic Governance 
 
Refs: A) State 108794 
 
 B) State 131040 
 
1.  (SBU) Summary:  Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs remains 
noncommittal on Iceland's involvement in the OECD Partnership for 
Democratic Governance (PDG), despite repeated overtures from Post. 
Embassy believes this may be a result of uncertainty about the form 
and objectives of the PDG as well as the fact that Iceland's 
development aid policy is apparently under review by the Minister 
for Foreign Affairs.  Post suggests engagement on the margins of 
UNGA to clarify details of the PDG and press for Icelandic support. 
End Summary. 
 
2.  (SBU) DCM, Econ Chief, and visiting EUR/NB Desk Officer 
presented Ref A points to the Director-General for External Trade 
and Economic Affairs at Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs on 
August 21.  Earlier in the day, Pol Chief, EUR/NB DeskOff and Pol 
Intern made a similar presentation to the MFA's Counsellor for Human 
Rights and Democracy Issues.  Both were appreciative but 
noncommittal, saying they would raise the issue within the ministry. 
 In follow-up contacts on September 14 and again on September 20 to 
present Ref B information, MFA contacts were similarly undecided 
about Iceland's participation.  Icelandic MFA's Minister-Counsellor 
for International Organization Affairs Nikulas Hannigan told Pol 
Chief on September 20 that the issue was "under review" at the 
ministry, but added on a separate topic that development aid was one 
of Iceland's main issues of interest for the upcoming UN General 
Assembly (UNGA). 
 
3.  (SBU) Comment:  EmbOffs have learned separately that Minister 
for Foreign Affairs Gisladottir has asked for a review of Iceland's 
development aid policy, including an exploration of merging the 
Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) into the 
Ministry.  Currently, ICEIDA handles bilateral aid projects while 
the MFA has responsibility for multilateral donations.  We speculate 
that this review may be stalling commitments to other initiatives. 
 
4.  (SBU) Comment, cont'd:  Post recommends engagement with the 
Icelandic missions at the UN and OECD to clarify thinking on the PDG 
as well as direct engagement with the Icelandic delegation at UNGA 
to help flush out MFA thinking on the issue. 
 
Klopfenstein