INDEPENDENT NEWS

Cablegate: Slovakia Concerned with Ukrainian Anti-Democratic

Published: Wed 13 Oct 2004 01:49 PM
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UNCLAS BRATISLAVA 000940
SIPDIS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL LO UP
SUBJECT: Slovakia Concerned With Ukrainian Anti-Democratic
Tendencies
REF: STATE 217357
Per reftel, PolOff and FSN met October 13 with Radoslav
Kusenda, Desk Officer for Ukraine. Kusenda reaffirmed that
Slovakia is concerned with the situation in Ukraine and
stressed that the international community must speak loudly
now before the election takes place to ensure democratic
norms are followed. As a state with a common border with
Ukraine, Kusenda said Slovakia could not commit to
"reexamine" its policy if the election does not meet
democratic standards. Slovakia will continue to focus on
Ukrainian democracy through the "strong financial
instruments of the EU's European Neighbourhood Policy."
HURLBERT
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