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C O N F I D E N T I A L BUDAPEST 000028
1. (U) This is an action request.
2. (U) MFA Security and Non-Proliferation Deputy Head of
Department, Gabor Horvath, requested a meeting with PolOff on
7 January to discuss a UNGA First Committee issue related to
the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile
Proliferation (HCOC). Horvath stated that Hungary introduced
the subject Hague Code of Conduct as an agenda item for
action in the First Committee in 2005 and planned to do so
again in 2007. However, according to Horvath, Hungary did
not introduce the item for action in 2007 because Bosnia
indicated they would introduce the agenda item but then
failed to do so.
3. (C) Continuing, Horvath provided a copy of a Russian
Government position paper, advising HCOC authorities in
Vienna in late December 2007 that they are suspending from
January 2008, for an initial one year period, Pre-launch
Notification (PLN) as outlined in the agreement. Horvath
also provided a copy of a German Government position paper
calling for the January 17 meeting of the EU Committee on
Non-Proliferation to address the PLN issue based on U.S.
non-implementation of obligations related to pre-launch
notification and the recent Russian Government suspension
announcement. The German paper advocates a EU Presidential
demarche to both Russia and the United States.
4. (C) Drawing upon the preceding information, Horvath noted
the Hungarian Government's interest in introducing the Hague
Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation as an
agenda item during the fall 2008 First Committee session.
However, based on the current state of play within the HCOC,
Horvath stated Hungary's desire to first hold bi-lateral
discussions with Russia, the United States and France to
determine if there is merit in pursuing the HCOC as a First
Committee agenda item this year.
5. (C) Horvath requests U.S. views on the proposed
bi-lateral discussions on the First Committee agenda item