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07BERLIN1126 2007-06-05 16:09:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Berlin
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U.S. 60-DAY REPORT TO UN SECURITY COUNCIL ON UNSCR

Tags:   KNNP EFIN IR UNSC AORC ETRD TRGY GM 
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SUBJECT: U.S. 60-DAY REPORT TO UN SECURITY COUNCIL ON UNSCR
1747 (IRAN SANCTIONS) PASSED TO GERMANY

REF: STATE 73219



1. (SBU) Global Affairs officer conveyed ref demarche to
German MFA UN Policy Division Desk Officer Mirko Schilbach
June 1. Schilbach said he will share the U.S. report with
other appropriate officials in the German Government. He, in
turn, shared a copy of the report that Germany submitted to
the UNSCR 1747 Sanctions Committee on German implementation
of UNSCRs 1737 and 1747. Schilbach noted that accompanying
the German national report was a report submitted by Germany
in its capacity as EU President to the UNSCR 1747 Sanctions
Committee concerning EU-wide implementation of the sanctions,
based on the EU Common Position adopted in April 2007.
Despite the submission of this EU-wide report, however, each
EU member state is responsible for submitting its own
national report to the Sanctions Committee, Schilbach said.



2. (SBU) Germany, Schilbach, said, did not need to pass new
legislation to implement the UNSCR 1737 and 1747 sanctions on
Iran, thanks to the EU's Common Position and corresponding
Regulations on implementing the sanctions. Furthermore,
Germany had not exported any weapons to nor imported any arms
from Iran in the time period well before the sanctions were
approved by the UNSC, according to Schilbach. Concerning
action to freeze the assets of Bank Sepah in Frankfurt,
Schilbach said the German Government had the necessary
authority to do this in advance of the adoption of the EU
Common Position. He noted that although Bank Sepah continues
to exist, the German Ministries of Foreign Affairs and
Economics are monitoring its activities and only allowing it
to pay necessary expenditures without allowing it to conduct
any transactions in violation of the UN sanctions.



3. (SBU) Germany strictly applies the visa restrictions on
Iranians listed under the UNSC sanctions, Schilbach said.
Nevertheless, Germany does not necessarily have reasons to
bar the travel of Iranians who are not listed. Schilbach
noted that Iranians who are not listed could potentially
obtain visas to visit Germany and attend arms fairs, but they
would be unable to buy German arms or related material,
because German exporters would be unable to obtain export
licenses in such cases. In addition, German Customs
authorities have been alerted to check exports from Germany
to Iran to ensure that no military goods or dual-use goods
that could support WMD programs are shipped there. Because
of the German Government's oversight of exports to Iran and
also because of the increasing uncertainty of doing business
there, German firms are becoming more cautious in dealing
with Iran, Schilbach added. He said that German firms make
more inquiries with the German Federal Economic and Export
Licensing Agency (BAFA) about trade with Iran than before the
UNSC sanctions were enacted.



4. (SBU) On a separate issue, Schilbach commented on the May
31 meeting in Madrid between Javier Solana, High
Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of
the EU, and Ali Larijani, Iran's Secretary of the Supreme
National Security Council and chief nuclear negotiator.
Schilbach contended the EU was not naive in agreeing to the
talks with Larijani. Instead, the EU believes it is worth
communicating with Iran concerning the impasse over the
latter's nuclear program, and Larijani is seen as perhaps the
only approachable high-level Iranian official at this point,
according to Schilbach.
TIMKEN JR