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07USNATO329
2007-05-24 14:38:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Mission USNATO
Cable title:  

ACTION REQUEST: PROPOSED NATO STUDY ON CLUSTER

Tags:   MOPS  NATO  PREL  PARM 
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FM USMISSION USNATO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0886
INFO RUEHXP/ALL NATO POST COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHNO/USDELMC BRUSSELS BE PRIORITY
RHMFISS/USNMR SHAPE BE PRIORITY
						C O N F I D E N T I A L USNATO 000329 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/23/2017
TAGS: MOPS NATO PREL PARM
SUBJECT: ACTION REQUEST: PROPOSED NATO STUDY ON CLUSTER
MUNITIONS

REF: SECSTATE 68992

Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Richard G. Olson, reasons 1.4 (b
and d)



1. (C) USNATO acknowledges receipt of Ref regarding a
Proposed NATO Study on Cluster Munitions. Following
consultations with SHAPE and the U.S. Military Delegation to
NATO, USNATO recomQnds that Qe USG does not formally
request a NATO study on cluster munitions. USNATO feels that
initiating such a study may be unhelpfully divisive at this
time given the close sponsorship of the cluster munition
issue by Norway and other Allies. Furthermore, the outcome
of such a study could not be effectively managed given the
highly political nature of the issue and given the
uncertainly over whether such a study would identify
capability gaps with respect to area attack requirements.
Given the current political climate, a study might lead to a
weaker Alliance position on cluster munitions than what
exists now. USNATO recommends that the USG continue working
on a bilateral basis with like-minded countries.
NULAND