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Cablegate: Spain Supports Eventual Osce Role Inside

VZCZCXRO4291
PP RUEHBW RUEHIK RUEHPOD RUEHYG
DE RUEHMD #0452 1130834
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 220834Z APR 08
FM AMEMBASSY MADRID
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4643
INFO RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHTH/AMEMBASSY ATHENS PRIORITY 0390
RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN PRIORITY 0640
RUEHMD/AMEMBASSY MADRID PRIORITY 0048
RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW PRIORITY 0913
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS PRIORITY 1487
RUEHHE/AMEMBASSY HELSINKI PRIORITY 1504
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL PRIORITY 0175
RUEHVEN/USMISSION USOSCE PRIORITY 0172

UNCLAS MADRID 000452

SIPDIS

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

EUR/RPM FOR PROSEN
USOSCE FOR DIANA BROWN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BMGT OSCE PGOV PREL PTER SP AF
SUBJECT: SPAIN SUPPORTS EVENTUAL OSCE ROLE INSIDE
AFGHANISTAN

REF: A. STATE 39820

B. PARIS 753

(SBU) The DCM delivered reftel demarche to Spanish MFA
Political Director Rafael Dezcallar on April 21. Dezcallar
sought to clarify the Spanish position, stating that Spain
does not oppose an eventual role for the OSCE inside
Afghanistan, and that indeed such a role would be the ideal
end result of OSCE involvement. However, in the immediate
term, Spain would support initial efforts to develop the
project outside and along the Afghan borders before putting a
presence on the ground within Afghanistan. Dezcallar said
that the security risks of working in Afghanistan were an
obvious concern at such an early stage in the project's
development. Nevertheless, OSCE involvement in Afghan border
issues without an eventual physical presence in Afghanistan
would be counter-intuitive.
AGUIRRE

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