Viewing cable 07REYKJAVIK248, ICELAND: TIMELINE ON ADAPTED CFE DELIVERED
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|07REYKJAVIK248||2007-08-29 08:08||2011-01-13 05:05||CONFIDENTIAL||Embassy Reykjavik|
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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