95374 2/6/2007 7:10 07HELSINKI74 Embassy Helsinki UNCLASSIFIED 07SECSTATE12882 VZCZCXYZ0006 RR RUEHWEB DE RUEHHE #0074 0370710 ZNR UUUUU ZZH R 060710Z FEB 07 FM AMEMBASSY HELSINKI TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2939 INFO RUEHAK/AMEMBASSY ANKARA 0112 RUEHBM/AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST 0555 RUEHEG/AMEMBASSY CAIRO 0017 RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 0379 RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 0094 RUEHNY/AMEMBASSY OSLO 4668 RUEHOT/AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 0703 RUEHSA/AMEMBASSY PRETORIA 0088 RUEHSM/AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM 8613 RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 0351 RUEHWR/AMEMBASSY WARSAW 1853 UNCLAS HELSINKI 000074
E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: KTIA, FI SUBJECT: FINNISH RESPONSE - WMD FOREIGN CONSEQUENCE MANAGEMENT MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
REF: SECSTATE 12882
1. (U) Embassy Helsinki POL, ECON and DAO have reviewed the proposed language for subject MOU and can identify no changes that would improve the likelihood of Finnish Government interest.
2. (SBU) Without having consulted host country officials, Embassy judges the likelihood of GOF interest in concluding such an MOU with the United States to be high. Finland has consistently taken a very pro-active interest in international cooperative efforts aimed at limiting the spread of WMD, and at this point we have little reason to believe they would oppose a possible avenue for international cooperation in the areas of WMD disaster consequence management.
3. (U) Finnish MFA points of contact for further action on this issue would likely be Laura Kansikas-DeBrais, Director of the Political Department's Unit for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, and/or Marja Lehto, Director of the Legal Department's Unit for Public International Law. WARE