67456 6/9/2006 15:58 06REYKJAVIK206 Embassy Reykjavik CONFIDENTIAL 06REYKJAVIK69|06SECSTATE83457 VZCZCXYZ0000 RR RUEHWEB DE RUEHRK #0206 1601558 ZNY CCCCC ZZH R 091558Z JUN 06 FM AMEMBASSY REYKJAVIK TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2820 INFO RUEHAK/AMEMBASSY ANKARA 0013 RUEHTH/AMEMBASSY ATHENS 0005 RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN 0024 RUEHSL/AMEMBASSY BRATISLAVA 0004 RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 0034 RUEHBM/AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST 0001 RUEHUP/AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST 0002 RUEHCP/AMEMBASSY COPENHAGEN 0299 RUEHLI/AMEMBASSY LISBON 0005 RUEHLJ/AMEMBASSY LJUBLJANA 0002 RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 0111 RUEHLE/AMEMBASSY LUXEMBOURG 0008 RUEHMD/AMEMBASSY MADRID 0019 RUEHNY/AMEMBASSY OSLO 0245 RUEHOT/AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 0007 RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 0025 RUEHPG/AMEMBASSY PRAGUE 0006 RUEHRA/AMEMBASSY RIGA 0058 RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME 0010 RUEHSF/AMEMBASSY SOFIA 0012 RUEHTL/AMEMBASSY TALLINN 0058 RUEHTC/AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE 0016 RUEHVL/AMEMBASSY VILNIUS 0051 RUEHWR/AMEMBASSY WARSAW 0008 RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO 0220 C O N F I D E N T I A L REYKJAVIK 000206
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/08/2016 TAGS: PREL, MOPS, IC SUBJECT: ICELAND: TAPPED OUT ON TRUST FUND FOR NTM-I
REF: A. (A) SECSTATE 83457 B. (B) REYKJAVIK 69
Classified By: AMBASSADOR CAROL VAN VOORST, REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D).
1. (SBU) Post passed ref A talking points on pledging additional funds to the NATO Training Mission-Iraq to Icelandic MFA officials May 24 and discussed them with Acting Political Director Thordur Bjarni Gudjonsson June 9. Gudjonsson expressed surprise that Washington would be demarching Reykjavik again so soon after Iceland's latest EUR 150,000 pledge (ref B). Poloff reiterated USG appreciation for Iceland's 2005 and 2006 contributions, stressing, however, that the need for enhanced NTM-I funding is now acute. Gudjonsson stated that his government would consider an additional pledge "in due course" but that such largesse was "not on the agenda" at present.
2. (C) In the same conversation, Gudjonsson expressed anxiety that no date has yet been set for the next round of bilateral talks on U.S. defense of Iceland following closure of Naval Air Station Keflavik this autumn. He implied that future Icelandic funding of NATO missions is in part contingent on how much Reykjavik finds it will need to budget for homeland defense after the U.S. restructures its forces here. van Voorst