US embassy cable - 06TIRANA747

DELAYS IN THE ALBANIAN CHEMICAL WEAPONS ELIMINATION PROGRAM

Identifier: 06TIRANA747
Wikileaks: View 06TIRANA747 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Tirana
Created: 2006-07-14 13:27:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Tags: MARR MASS MOPS PARM PREL SENV AL
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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DE RUEHTI #0747 1951327
ZNR UUUUU ZZH (CCY ADF50242 UTS1877 538)
P 141327Z JUL 06
FM AMEMBASSY TIRANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4560
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
INFO RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 0682
RUEAADN/DTRA DULLES WASHINGTON DC
RUEHTC/AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE 1200
RUEASWA/DTRA ALEX WASHINGTON DC
UNCLAS TIRANA 000747 
 
SIPDIS 
 
C O R R E C T E D C O P Y ("THE HAGUE" ADDRESS ADDED) 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/SCE (BENEDICT, SAINZ) EUR/PRA, ISN/CB 
(FERGUSON), ISN/NDF (PAULSON), THE HAGUE FOR CW DEL 
(ROBINSON), OSD FOR CTR POLICY (CHAPMAN), DTRA (DAWN BROWN, 
PATRICK CHRISTIAN) 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: MARR, MASS, MOPS, PARM, PREL, SENV, AL 
SUBJECT: DELAYS IN THE ALBANIAN CHEMICAL WEAPONS 
ELIMINATION PROGRAM 
 
REF: TIRANA 00376 
 
1. (SBU) SUMMARY: Preparations for the Albanian Chemical 
Weapons Elimination Program have been delayed due to damage 
sustained during testing of the destruction equipment and 
required modifications to the system. The delays have 
resulted in the postponement of the start of operations at 
the destruction facility until October 2006. Full completion 
of the destruction of the chemical agents by April 29, 2007 
is still predicted. END SUMMARY. 
 
2.  (SBU) The proposed start of operations for the 
destruction of Albania's stockpile of chemical weapons, 
scheduled to have begun in July 2006, has been deferred due 
to delays in the delivery of the Eisenmann Thermal Treatment 
System (ETTS). During tests of the ETTS in Stuttgart, 
Germany, in April, the incineration equipment to be used in 
the Albanian CW destruction was damaged. The damage was 
caused by excess heat and pressure buildup encountered due to 
operator error, which prevented cooling water from reaching 
the combustion gas quench system. Modifications to the ETTS 
are being made at the Eisenmann facility to minimize the 
possibility of a repeat occurrence. 
 
3. (SBU) Albania's MOD, in consultation with Department of 
Defense, has decided to adjust the destruction schedule. To 
make up for lost time and avoid increased funding costs with 
further testing in the Eisenmann facility in Germany, it has 
been decided to proceed with the delivery of the ETTS to 
Albania starting late June 2006. Further modification and 
testing will take place once the destruction equipment has 
been set up at the site. 
 
4. (SBU) The Technical Secretariat (TS), Organization of 
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, has been officially notified 
by the Albanian MOD for the postponement and rescheduling of 
the treaty milestones required under the Chemical Weapons 
Convention (CWC). The most significant is the rescheduling of 
the Final Engineering Review (FER), during which the TS will 
confirm the adequacy of planned verification measures. The 
FER was originally set for late June 2006, but now is 
expected to occur at the end of September 2006. Destruction 
operations are expected to begin in mid-October 2006. 
 
5. (SBU) COMMENT: Even with the delay of the start-up of 
destruction operations at the facility, it is anticipated 
that the CWC deadline of April 29, 2007 for complete 
destruction of the chemical agents will be met. 
RIES 

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