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Viewing cable 08REYKJAVIK25, ICELANDIC MFA REQUESTS FOIA INFORMATION ON HALLDOR

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08REYKJAVIK25 2008-02-22 16:04 2011-01-13 05:05 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Reykjavik
VZCZCXYZ0019
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHRK #0025 0531656
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 221656Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY REYKJAVIK
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 3573
UNCLAS REYKJAVIK 000025 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FOR EUR/NB DESK OFFICER STEPHEN WHEELER 
 
E.O. 12958:  N/A 
TAGS: PREL IC
SUBJECT:  ICELANDIC MFA REQUESTS FOIA INFORMATION ON HALLDOR 
LAXNESS 
 
1.  (U) Post received a diplomatic note from the Icelandic MFA 
requesting FOIA information on Iceland's eminent Nobel Prize winner, 
Halldor Laxness (1902-1998). Laxness, one of Iceland's most famous 
citizens, remains a topic of considerable public interest, and the 
question of what historical documents concerning him may be in U.S. 
archives is debated frequently in the press here.    Text of dip 
note follows. 
 
2.  (U) (Begin Text) 
 
 2/15/2008 
Ref.: UTN07120142/34.O.010 
 
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs presents its compliments to the 
Embassy of the United States of America and has the honor to request 
information about documents regarding Mr. Halldor Kiljan Laxness. 
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs would like to inquire on behalf of 
Mr. Halldor Kiljan Laxness's descendents what documents concerning 
Mr. Halldor Kiljan Laxness are available and what restrictions or 
classifications remain on any documents not already made available 
to the family of Mr. Halldor Kiljan Laxness. 
 
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs avails itself of this opportunity 
to renew to the Embassy of the United States of America and 
assurance of its highest consideration. 
(End Text) 
 
3.  (SBU) Action Request:  Post would appreciate an expeditious 
formal response to the diplomatic note.  We understand that the 
Foreign Minister takes a personal interest in this matter, and note 
that she intends to visit Washington in early April. 
 
van Voorst