Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton in Finland

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
June 27, 2012
Secretary Clinton Signs an Agreement with Finnish Foreign Minister Tuomioja

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On June 27, Secretary Clinton traveled to Helsinki, Finland where she met with Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja. They signed the U.S.-Finland General Security of Information Agreement and discussed a number of shared foreign policy priorities, including the European economy, Syria, Iran and climate change.

Secretary Clinton said, "Finland and the United States continue to work together closely to pressure the Assad regime to provide humanitarian assistance to Syrian civilians bearing the brunt of the regime's brutal assault and to support the efforts of Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan to prepare for a democratic transition that leads to a post-Assad Syria. And it is very much along those lines that I thanked the Minister for Finland's cooperation in the Friends of Syria working group on sanctions as well as in support of EU sanctions."

While in Finland, Secretary Clinton also delivered remarks at the Climate Clean Air Coalition and Green Embassy event. Secretary Clinton said, "This is an important announcement because, I think, as you heard, we have to continue to be creative as to how we move toward a sustainable environment and a sustainable economy. And I could not agree more with the ministers that they go hand in hand, and that's really the message that the Ambassador has also been delivering. We're looking for real solutions to real problems. And it's absolutely true that we have to continue to work within the international community, the UN framework, because we have to bring the entire world with us. But it's also true that on a national basis, and increasingly, on a regional and multilateral basis, we have to help lead the way for the world as well.

"And that's why it gives me great pleasure to officially welcome Finland as the newest partner of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. This partnership was launched in February to reduce those short-lived climate pollutants, including the methane, black carbon, hydrofluorocarbons that are responsible for more than 30 percent of current global warming and have a disproportionate impact on the Arctic for a variety of reasons, but in particular because of the hastening of the melting of the ice."

Secretary Clinton concluded, "So I'm excited to welcome you into this coalition, looking forward to working closely with you, and I think it's fair to say that we see clean energy, clean tech as the future not only for Finland and for the United States, but really the future for the kind of world we're trying to create."

You can follow the Secretary's travel on www.state.gov.

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palgye
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South Korea
June 27, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Syria -

Syria, I still, by an internal coup d'etat to establish a democratic government suggests.

If external forces, military forces in support of democracy jijihamyeon directly, many victims are likely to occur, your likely to be a threat to political life, i think. Number of deaths in the press announced that the voters of the 10 times, and add this to the opposite political forces are likely to think.

PS Korea is being produced in Iran for oil, except from embargoed countries, but EU transport crude oil to South Korea, for denial of insurance and, in fact, been banned imports, and What is South Korea's export products are also under threat. Even in Korea, produced by the Iranian government to stop importing products that are threatening Iran.

My comments on Iran,

Long story short, What is very underrated, very attractive market, I think. U.S. products, exports to the country think it is looking for.
("http://www.kookje.co.kr/news2011/asp/newsbody.asp?code=0200&key=20120628...")

Unlike the situation in Brazil, but opposed by all the investors and sponsors, but they too, was successful. Because the presidential election tomorrow, the risk, but my opinion, my opinion, to agree on the forces inside Iran think there will be more likely to occur. Among the leaders .... Perhaps, until now, the leaders made ​​policy, they believe that to be a burden. Once again, when your consideration please.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
June 28, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Hi Palgye,

Good to see you're still adding imput.

It may be as you say, although I am reminded that every coin has three sides, and often the edge is neglected, gone forgotton.

At the moment Syria is like a coin on a glass table-top having been flicked with one's finger to spin like a top on its edge, and everyone knowing it's going to land on one side or another eventually when it topples over, as the probabilities of finding stability on its edge in the face of gravity is astronomicaly small.

Thus one may find corrolarey in the probabilities of Assad's government surviving on the edge, as it were.

And whether he is toppled via internal or external means is a matter of whether that coin he represents ends up heads up, or tails up...he's still got a choice in the matter at this point to halt the spin out of control into the abyss of violence.

But Assad appears to be caught up in his own psycotic reasoning and isn't listening to anyone at this point.

The wild card in all this is that Assad's regime has one of the largest stockpiles of chemical munitions in the world, and it would be somewhat similar to what folks would worry about if this were going on in North Korea and folks were wondering who was in control of the nukes and other WMD's in their arsenal.

It may be Palgye, that while the risk of civilian casualties from an external "regime replacement therapy" engaged by external forces in Syria is not negligible, it may be that those casualties would seem negligable compared to what very well could happen if no one was willing to remove Assad by force, and he used those WMD's on his own people. In the face of the regime's increasing use of heavy weaponry and a max effort by conventional means to "pacify" his people he calls "terrorists", such a scenario is not only quite possible, such an act will compel nations to act to preserve their national security and the region's stability as a whole.

Thus, the question of "pre-emption" arises, as to the inherant risks involved in waiting too long to act to prevent massive numbers of civilian casualties which now total right around a thousand per week consisantly as it is.

I once mentioned sending a 32 trillion dollar (US) bill for the last 32 years of chants of "death to America" being held by the Iranian government every Friday at prayers...what kind of bill do you suppose the Syrian people might send Iran after all is said and done for their assistance to Assad in destroying Syria and causing untold human suffering?

The Mullahs too, are living on the edge and face a choice.

Best,

EJ

Patrick
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Maryland, USA
June 29, 2012

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Clean renewable energy that is good for the environment is on everyone's mind.

The signing of this agreement is a good step towards a future with less illness from air quality problems.

Best Regards .... I hope your successful in

travels. :)

palgye
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South Korea
June 29, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

To @ Eric in New Mexico

Before talking, about the funeral of my father, thank you for uploading posts of encouragement to me, i`m very rude man,says thank you, today. and As sorry, thank you, The other, there was a woman, with all due respect expression, but I can not remember it.

All will agrees Mr Eric`s words. However, our information about Syria, to know more, i think. Systems in the U.S. presidential election.If, when outside forces intervene directly, using terrorism, attacks on the United States goes ahead to think of the possibilities. While persuading Russia, to find a way to resolve an internal think. Russia's most powerful supporters in Syria, I think. Need a way to convince Russia, I think. Always with gratitude, Eric

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
June 29, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Palgye,

(chuckle) Rude? You? No way man! You're one of the most polite folks on Dipnote.

Now myself on the other hand...I'm certainly no diplomat. And if evber hired by the US dept of State as an FSO, would probably be fired five minutes later for offering such rude and accurate analysis as this;

Re; Russia and China's major malfunction of understanding;

'http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/conversations_on_diplomacy_c...'

In diplo-speak, I just assume it got published here because in all its rudeness, it may simply be taken to be a "very strongly worded analysis" on the subject of "sovreignity" issues.

(That would be putting it mildly, and it is somewhat curious to me that just about every time I post something rude like this, Madam Secretary goes and has a chat with Mr. Lavrov soon therafter...(chuckle).

I'm not worried about the US facing some "terrorist" retribution should we play a part in any international humanitarian intervention that removes Assad simply because it will be by the Syrian people's request to intervene on their behalf.

Russia on the other hand may wish to think about the long term ramifications of arming assad and those munitions, tanks, and gunships being used by Assad to kill Syrians with, and ask themselves if they are simply asking for trouble by doing so, as they foster the long-term enmity of the Syrian people by "honoring contracts" with the regime.

Best,

EJ

palgye
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South Korea
July 2, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

@ Eric

Thank You.

i think, Syria probleme's clue is Russia.

ps i just waiting Sec Hillary Clinton's decision.

Believe and just waiting.

God bless State bloggers.

.

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