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REF: A. A. STATE 127663 
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     ¶C. C. AC/319-N(2007)0039 
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Classified By: Classified by USNATO Charge Richard Olson for reasons 1. 
4 (b and d) 
¶1.  (SBU) Summary:  The September 13 Verification 
Coordinating Committee (VCC) and VCC Experts made progress on 
agreeing on procedures to deconflict Vienna Document 
Inspections with four non-Allied OSCE states (Finland, 
Sweden, Switzerland, and Austria) for the 2008 year.  The 
NATO Staff will send out a new food for thought paper on 
modalities for such coordination under a silence procedure. 
The next expert meeting will be held on October 18, the next 
VCC will be on November 15, and an experts-only meeting is 
scheduled for December 19 to finalize CFE quotas for 2008. 
The Data Management Experts Group (DMEG) met on September 
11-14 to update the Verity database of CFE notification 
information.  End Summary. 
¶2.  (SBU) Vienna Document Evaluations and Inspections: 
--Hungary conducted and received bilateral VDOC evaluations 
with Ukraine in weeks 30-31, and another bilateral will be 
done with Serbia in week 32; 
--Germany is planning a bilateral VDOC evaluation in Belarus 
in week 42 (15-21 Oct), including Czech and Swedish guest 
--Denmark received an inspection from Russia 23-26 July, 
during which Russia expressed interest in the disposition of 
its Leopard 1 tanks awaiting reduction.  It specifically 
asked if they were to be sold or transferred to a Baltic 
state.  Russia asked similar questions during a CFE 
inspection to Denmark a few weeks later; 
--Hungary conducted a bilateral inspection in Serbia 16-20 
--Denmark will conduct an inspection in Tajikistan week of 
Sept 17. 
¶3.  (SBU) Coordination of VDOC Inspections with a few 
non-Allies:  Germany emphasized the benefits of such 
coordination during the VCC meeting, and joined consensus in 
the experts group on extending an invitation for the four 
non-Allies identified in the U.S. food for thought paper (Ref 
B) to engage in VDOC inspection deconfliction with NATO. 
Canada and Norway strongly supported coordination in 
October/November in preparation for the 2008 inspection year. 
 The key goals are to prevent the quota rush in January, and 
to avoid losing quotas planned by NATO states to non-Allies. 
¶4.  (SBU) The Chair will prepare a new food for thought paper 
on this topic by COB September 17, and send it out under a 
silence procedure of two weeks for VCC adoption.  If agreed, 
the Staff will contact the four candidate non-Allies 
(Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, and Finland), to invite them 
to discuss the coordination procedure at the October 18 
experts meeting, and if agreement is reached on modalities, 
to join the November 15 VCC experts meeting to discuss 
inspection bids and potential scheduling.  Mission will 
forward the new paper upon receipt. 
¶5.  (C) CFE Inspections: 
--Bulgaria informed Allies of its declared site inspection 
24-27 July in the flanks including guest inspectors from 
Germany, Belgium, Romania, and Slovakia, which was carried 
out at the third selected site ) Sertolovo (147th Separate 
Tank Training Battalion).  Russia declared force majeure on 
the first locations selected:  Prokhladnyy (K0395) and 
Vladikavkaz (K0101) due to security concerns; 
--Poland conducted an Article VII inspection in Belarus at 
Osipovichi, at the 51st High Power Artillery Regiment (OOV 
26) including guests from Poland, U.S., Germany, and Hungary; 
--Denmark conducted an inspection in Russia 4-6 September at 
Ryazan parachute school.  Russia did not provide briefings on 
equipment seen in the common areas, nor did it allow photos 
to be taken inside buildings; 
--Germany reported on its attempted supplementary inspection 
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to the 42nd Armored Equipment Storage Base site in Pskov 
Oblast.  Per Ref A, Russia,s response to the notification 
request indicated Germany must inspect an OOV that had 
previously been inspected.  Germany held bilateral 
consultations with Russian counterparts in the MFA, and 
ultimately was allowed to carry out this inspection, but that 
this decision would not apply to future inspections.  Germany 
had also intended to carry out a supplementary inspection 
from 11-14 September, but Russia replied in its notification 
that Germany had not conducted an earlier quota inspection 
(in order to earn a supplementary one).  Subsequently, 
Russian MFA reps went beyond this to say that Germany could 
only conduct a supplementary inspection at a site in the 
flanks that had already been inspected that year.  Germany 
believes Russia was wrong to seek such an imposition, 
although some of their legal advisors said it was a possible 
interpretation of the Flank document.  Germany recommended 
that Allies discuss how to respond during future events, 
which he characterized as ¬ urgent8 although Denmark was 
quick to point out that there are seven such inspections 
pending this fall. 
--The U.S. noted that we have studied the flank language 
cited by Russia, and also believe Russia,s interpretation is 
incorrect, and offered to provide our own legal analysis for 
Allied review.  We asked Germany to provide a written summary 
of this implementation issue as a courtesy to Allies, but 
Germany demurred.  Comment: Germany does not want to 
challenge Russia on this issue, and may be concerned that 
putting it in writing to Allies could send the wrong signal 
should Russia learn of the paper.  End Comment.  We urged 
Allies to challenge this practice so it does not appear that 
Russia, position has been accepted.  The Chair offered to 
provide background materials from Allied discussion in 1996 
for reference.  Norway is the next state planning a 
supplemental inspection, and it plans to challenge this 
position if Russia attempts to impose it again.  France 
confirmed that it would also challenge the position, 
especially since it does not want to inspect a site that has 
already been inspected.  The U.S. said we would also do so on 
our future missions. 
¶6.  (C) CFE Schedule changes: 
--Turkey will conduct a mission in Russia week 38 versus 51; 
--Germany will conduct a mission in Ukraine week 51 versus 31; 
--Germany will move a mission to Russia to week 50 versus 36 
(in order to keep one available for use after December 12 in 
the event Russia does not suspend Treaty activity); 
--The U.S. announced it would swap two inspections to Russia 
such that we conduct a regular quota in week 33 (22-28 Oct); 
and then schedule a supplemental inspection in week 48 (4-10 
Feb); and 
--Norway plans to schedule the 10th available supplemental 
inspection, and thus will conduct two quotas in week 33 ) a 
regular and supplemental inspection as a sequential. 
¶7.  (SBU) Georgia ) Paired Inspection Request:  The Chair 
noted that Georgia,s request to pair two inspections with 
Allies has not been fully answered.  Turkey confirmed that it 
plans to share a mission with Georgia of the Russian forces 
stationed in Armenia.  The Chair asked Allies to review 
possibilities for another pairing opportunity and discuss 
further at the October 18 experts meeting. 
¶8.  (C) Extraordinary Conference:  The Chair made note of the 
developments regarding a solution to Russia,s possible 
suspension of CFE, including the U.S. parallel action plan 
under discussion at the HLTF the same day.  Canada asked what 
the consequences would be if Russia suspended regarding the 
December 19 experts meeting on quotas.  While recognizing 
that contingency planning may be necessary, Germany, the 
U.S., and UK urged that we continue planning according to the 
Treaty, including inspection planning for 2008.  Given the 
political efforts underway, it would be premature to discuss 
alternate implementation outcomes. 
¶9.  (SBU) Inspection Site paper (AC/319-N(2007)0014-Rev 1): 
Experts reached consensus on the text discussed at the July 
meeting, including previous U.S. and Turkish comments.  The 
Chair will circulate the document under silence procedure for 
VCC approval so it can be sent to Vienna for discussion in 
the JCG. 
¶10.  (SBU) Documenting Ambiguity paper (AC/319-N(2007)0024): 
Canada and Germany were not in favor of the previous language 
suggested by Turkey for &unless otherwise agreed8 language 
regarding use of digital cameras.  Turkey was not present, so 
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the Chair will consult with them separately to seek their 
agreement to drop the drafting suggestion.  If Turkey agrees, 
the Chair will circulate the text under a silence procedure 
for VCC approval so it may also be discussed in Vienna. 
¶11.  (SBU) CARS Seminar.  The Chair recalled discussion from 
the 16 May meeting concerning possible scheduling for a 
second seminar in Central Asia, perhaps in Ashgabad, 
Turkmenistan.  The NATO staff confirmed that it would not be 
possible to &export8 the NATO school VDOC course, but the 
ACCS staff would be willing to help organize another seminar 
if a state(s) were willing to lead the effort.  Germany 
expressed interest in another seminar, and is willing to work 
with others to prepare it.   Canada said it could provide a 
speaker.  The Chair asked states to review and discuss at the 
next meeting. 
¶12.  (SBU) Open Skies:  Several states reported on recent 
observation flights, and Hungary provided information on its 
certification event.  Norway made note that while the Russian 
escorts were not as cooperative as in previous flights, the 
imagery obtained from its shared mission with Georgia over 
Russia was free of clouds and good quality.  Comment:  The 
U.S. has already ordered a copy of this mission from Norway. 
End Comment. 
¶13. (SBU) Moldova:  The Chair noted that week 52 remains open 
for volunteers should the need arise.  Comment:  The U.S. has 
volunteered for several other weeks this fall.  End Comment. 
¶14.  (SBU) Training:  The Chair noted the CFE 
inspector/escort NATO training course P5-18 took place 27 Aug 
) 7 September.  20 students took part from 9 states 
(including partner states Ukraine and Moldova).  He thanked 
Germany for providing two sites for field trip exercises.  A 
VCC experts meeting on training courses will also be held on 
November 15.  Review:  Comments/suggestions/feedback on NATO 
courses are welcome for this meeting.  Please advise. 
¶15. (SBU) VCC Seminar 4-5 October.  The Chair said a few 
minor changes have been made to the agenda and a new version 
should be circulated soon.  The session on Nagorno-Karabakh 
has been dropped.  The Chair requested that briefings and 
bios on speakers be provided as soon as possible.  NATO staff 
informed us that Russia plans to send MFA rep Fedoryakov to 
the VCC Seminar. 
¶16.  (SBU) AOB:  Slovenia announced an initiative to 
establish bilateral contacts with Uzbekistan on VDOC 
implementation.  German rep Fleissig announced his departure 
for a new assignment.  An Experts meeting on &outstanding8 
issues is scheduled for February 12-13. 
¶17.  (SBU) The Data Management Experts Group (DMEG) met on 
September 11, followed by the Notified Current Force 
Structure (NCFS) Review with partner countries on September 
13-14.  A new VERITY clone will be available to interested 
nations at the end of September and will include the 
enhancements and fixes to the chart printing module that the 
U.S. contractor made during this meeting.  The new clone and 
a copy of the latest version of the Offline Inspection 
Component (OIC) software used to automate CFE inspection 
reports for VERITY will be obtained and maintained for 
testing purposes by the contractor in Washington.  From the 
perspective of U.S. data and software responsibilities, the 
interfaces between VERITY XXI and the new, U.S.-developed 
versions of ADS Chart Printing software version 6.4 and the 
OSCE Integrated Notification Application (INA) version 2.2 
are working smoothly. 
¶18.  (SBU) The NCFS review was completed, and updates to U.S. 
notification entries were confirmed.  Unfortunately, Russia 
did not send a representative (as has been past practice), so 
the U.S. and Canada reviewed the Russia notification data for 
¶19.  (SBU) The next DMEG is scheduled for 14-15 January 2008 
and will be followed by a VERITY Workshop and Data Assembly 
Meeting with Partner countries on 16-18 January.  The 
schedule of DMEG meetings in 2008 provided at the June 
meeting was accepted without change.