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Cablegate: Czechs Support an Iaea Consensus Approach On

Published: Wed 16 Sep 2009 08:34 AM
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SUBJECT: CZECHS SUPPORT AN IAEA CONSENSUS APPROACH ON
MIDDLE EAST SAFEGUARDS
(C O R R E C T E D C O P Y--ADDED SENSITIVE CAPTION)
REF: SECSTATE 94890
1. (SBU) Embassy Poloffs met on September 15, 2009, with Mr.
David Masek of the Czech MFA's UN Department to deliver the
points outlined in reftel. Masek assured us that, while both
the Czech Republic and the EU seek to achieve a workable
consensus during the IAEA General Conference -- particularly
with an eye toward establishing a constructive atmosphere for
next year's NPT Review Conference -- there are certain "red
lines" that the Czechs believe must not be crossed. Chief
among these red lines is any action aimed at introducing the
Arab League's Israeli Nuclear Capabilities resolution.
2. (SBU) Masek noted Czech appreciation for New Zealand's
efforts to build a consensus, indicating that, within the
context of the GC President's statement, it might be possible
to achieve a compromise satisfying Arab League
representatives. Ultimately, the Czechs' goal is to see a
resolution emphasizing Middle East safeguards in the broadest
context, as unnecessary specificity inevitably leads to
dispute. (Expressing what he was careful to identify as a
personal viewpoint, Masek observed that successfully creating
a consensus at the GC also requires a measure of flexibility
on the part of Israel, whose proposed amendments should not
necessarily be accepted carte blanche.)
Thompson-Jones
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