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Cablegate: Estonia: Pre-Gaerc Demarche Delivered

Published: Mon 16 Oct 2006 01:28 PM
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SUBJECT: ESTONIA: PRE-GAERC DEMARCHE DELIVERED
Ref: (A) STATE 170214
1. (SBU) Summary. Pol/Econ Chief discussed reftel
points on GAERC agenda items with Kristina Meius, the
MFA's European Correspondent, on October 16. Meius
provided feedback on the following issues:
2. (SBU) Iran: The GOE is concerned about recent
statements coming from Iran and supports an active role
for the UN in resolving this crisis. While the
International community should not hurry towards
sanctions, continued postponement will diminish the
effectiveness of Security Council decisions. The
international community must send a message to Iran that
it comply with its obligations and that its efforts to
split the international community will not be
successful.
3. (SBU) Middle East Peace Process: The GOE is
concerned about recent clashes between Fatah and Hamas
as well as President Abbas' statement that dialogue with
Hamas has been suspended. The GOE believes that a
lasting resolution can only be reached via political
dialogue and implementation of the Roadmap. A military
solution will not bring the desired results. The GOE
believes that extension of TIM was a good decision and
that the Palestinian Authority must fulfill the
conditions necessary for international cooperation. With
respect to Lebanon, the GOE believes that UNSCR 1701 is
an important precondition for maintaining peace in the
region.
4. (SBU) Sudan: The GOE is concerned about the
deterioration of the situation in Sudan; the level of
violence has reached a critical level. Active
diplomatic action is necessary in order to ensure the
Government of Sudan meets UNSCR 1706. In order to
influence Sudan, contacts with key countries should be
used and a strong message from the U.S., Russia, and
China is important. The GOE supports extending EU
civilian/military support to AMIS through the end of the
year.
5. (SBU) Zimbabwe: The GOE is concerned about the
deterioration of the economic and social conditions in
Zimbabwe and the resultant humanitarian crisis. This is
impacting neighboring countries and slowing economic
growth in the region. The EU is the main donor in
Zimbabwe and its role in finding a solution to the
problem is extremely important.
6. (SBU) Western Balkans: The GOE believes the
parliamentary elections in Bosnia went well and were
conducted in accordance with international standards.
The Government of Bosnia needs to continue its efforts
on constitutional and police reforms that will allow
them to finalize Stabilization and Association Agreement
(SAA) negotiations with the EU. The GOE supports
Ahtisaari and his conduct of the political process in
determining Kosovo's future status and welcomes and
supports planning underway for an ESDP mission to
Kosovo. With respect to Serbia, the GOE believes
Serbian integration with the EU is extremely important
and calls on Serbia to continue the necessary reforms
including cooperation with ICTY.
7. Georgia: FM Paet is likely to take an active role in
the lunch discussion on Georgia. The GOE supports the
actions of the Troika and believes that Russia clearly
over-reacted and aggravated the situation. The EU
should insist to Russia that force or the threat of
force is unacceptable and that Russian military forces
in Georgia and on the border with Georgia must return
from "operational readiness" back to normal status. The
EU must require Russia to end the blockade of Georgia,
and activities directed at Georgia, including repression
of Georgians in Russia, and call on Russia to restore
normal diplomatic communications with Georgia. On the
other hand, Georgia must refrain from behaving in ways
that provoke Russia. The GOE believes the EU should be
prepared to provide financial support to help Georgia if
Russia establishes a total blockade (i.e. energy).
8. (SBU) North Korea: The GOE condemns North Korea's
nuclear test which jeopardizes regional peace and
security. North Korea must fully implement the non-
proliferation treaty and UNSCR 1695 and return to the
Six Party Talks.
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