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Cablegate: Finnish Response - Approaching the Eu in Advance

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SUBJECT: FINNISH RESPONSE - APPROACHING THE EU IN ADVANCE
OF THE JANUARY 28- 29 FOREIGN MINISTERS MEETING (GAERC)

REF: SECSTATE 7679

(SBU) PolChief delivered the Department's GAERC talking
points to Finnish MFA Deputy EU Correspondent Markku Lampinen
on January 24. Two highlights:

WESTERN BALKANS: Lampinen noted that ministers are unlikely
to approve sweeping conclusions on Kosovo prior to the
Serbian elections. However, Kosovo remains among the most
important of Finland's foreign policy priorities, and
Lampinen said the GOF supports the Slovenian Presidency's
suggestion that an extraordinary GAERC be held immediately
after those elections to do a "thorough examination" of the
EU's next steps. On the question of a Kosovar declaration of
independence, the GOF fully shares our view that it is
crucial that a significant number of EU countries join the EU
in recognizing the Pristina government. Finland will "be
among the first wave" to do so, he emphasized. Lampinen also
reminded us that Finland intends to increase its KFOR
presence from about 400 troops to more than 460 this spring
and resume a "framework nation" role. The GOF also plans
robust participation in the EU civilian/police missions.

MIDDLE EAST: Lampinen said the EU was leaning toward
conclusions that would "gently urge" Israel to loosen the
border and trade restrictions it has imposed on Gaza,
particularly noting the need to allow delivery of fuel and
humanitarian supplies. He also reassured us that the
conclusions would contain language condemning the Hamas
rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.
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