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Title: CFE/JCG: 2010 WINTER OPENING-OF-ROUND, JAN 19 -

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SUBJECT: CFE/JCG: 2010 WINTER OPENING-OF-ROUND, JAN 19 - 
U.S. LAYS DOWN MARKER (CORRECTED COPY - PARAS) 
 
REF: STATE 4441 
 
¶1. (U) Summary. The opening of round plenary for the winter 
session of the Joint Consultative Group (JCG) was brief.  The 
United States underscored the importance of the CFE Treaty, 
called on Russia to resume compliance, and looked to 2010 
with renewed hope, a sentiment echoed by several Allies and 
partner states around the table.  The U.S. also met 
informally with Azerbaijan to express concern over 
Azerbaijan,s overages in holdings, and with Russia to note 
U.S. interest in Russia providing more details, in the spirit 
of transparency, of its recent force restructuring.  End 
summary. 
 
¶2. (U) The winter session of the JCG opened on January 19 
with Georgia (Giorgadze) in the chair.  The United States 
(Neighbour) delivered an opening statement reaffirming the 
U.S. commitment to work cooperatively with all parties to 
resolve the continued CFE impasse (text reftel).  The U.S. 
called on Russia to return to compliance, stated that 
continued noncompliance could make it difficult to provide 
information to Russia in upcoming data exchanges, and that we 
look to 2010 with renewed hope.  Russia was not represented 
by its Chief or Deputy Arms Control Delegate, but by Vadim 
Solomenko, and did not reply. 
 
¶3. (U) The UK, Romania, and Georgia avowed their support for 
CFE and noted the importance of making progress in the coming 
year.  Kazakhstan (Tulakbeyev) also highlighted the 
importance of resolving the CFE impasse, arguing that the 
best way to achieve success was for the JCG to take the lead 
on CFE negotiations. 
 
¶4. (SBU) Following the meeting, U.S. del met informally with 
Azerbaijan (Guliyev and Imamaliyev), to express U.S. concerns 
regarding Azerbaijan,s 2009 CFE data, which reported 
overages in holdings of artillery and tanks (per instructions 
reftel).  Azerbaijan responded that the excess was in fact a 
national security imperative and partly in response to vast 
unreported Armenian TLE holdings. 
 
¶5. (SBU) The U.S. (Neighbour) also bilaterally approached the 
Russian delegation (Solomenko) regarding U.S. interest in 
Russia providing more details, in the spirit of transparency, 
on results of its recent armed forces restructuring and 
forces in the flank. Solomenko was politely non-committal. 
Neighbour followed up with Russian del head Ulyanov on 
January 21.  Ulyanov observed that the U.S. was not the first 
delegation to make such a request, although it was the first 
time he had heard it to specify also forces in the flank. 
Ulyanov undertook to convey this Moscow, but cautioned that, 
even in the event of a positive response, it probably would 
be "months" before Russia actually provided details to its 
partners. 
 
¶6. (U) The next JCG plenary will be held on January 26, under 
UK chairmanship. 
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