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Cablegate: Serbia: P5+1 Package and Simultaneous

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DE RUEHBW #0619/01 1751559
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 231559Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY BELGRADE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0089
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BELGRADE 000619

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

ISN/RA FOR RICHARD NEPHEW
NEA/IR FOR ROLAND MCKAY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KNNP MNUC PARM IR PGOV SR
SUBJECT: SERBIA: P5+1 PACKAGE AND SIMULTANEOUS
VISIT BY IRAN'S IAEA AMBASSADOR TO BELGRADE

REF: STATE 64530

Summary
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1. (SBU) On June 19 we presented the updated P5+1
Package to the MFA's Section Chief for Iran,
Iraq, and the Gulf States, Vasilje Petkovic.
Petkovic said he was encouraged by the extensive
package. Simultaneous to our delivery of reftel
demarche, Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA Ali
Asghar Soltanieh was in Belgrade on a three day
visit. MFA insisted it was not a government
sponsored visit, though Soltanieh spoke at two
public institutions in Serbia. End Summary.

Package is Very Fair
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2. (SBU) The P5+1 package was quite extensive,
fair, and "something Iran should accept,"
Petkovic told us on June 19 upon receiving
details of reftel demarche. Serbia was
supportive of the P5+1 process and would continue
to be cooperative, Petkovic said. He said he
would inform us of any further reaction from
Serbia to the package.

Serbia-Iran Relations
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3. (SBU) According to Petkovic, the only major
bilateral issue Serbia and Iran were currently
discussing was a "Road Traffic Agreement." That
reciprocal agreement would permit up to 2,000
Iranian commercial vehicles to transit Serbia
each year on their way to Western Europe. That
agreement, he said, had been initialed by both
parties but not yet signed.

Visit of Iranian Ambassador Soltanieh
-------------------------------------

4. (SBU) Petkovic said that the Iranian
Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) Soltanieh was currently in Belgrade
for a visit. Petkovic said to his knowledge
Soltanieh was not meeting with any officials from
the Government of Serbia, but instead was
speaking at local academic institutions.
Petkovic confirmed on June 20 that Soltanieh had
not been invited by the Serbian Government, but
rather his trip had been arranged by the Iranian
Ambassador to Serbia in coordination with the
Institute of International Politics and Economics
(IIPE) in Belgrade. Soltanieh spoke at
Belgrade's Faculty for Security Studies on June
19 and the IIPE on June 20. The Israeli DCM told
us on June 20 that his embassy had protested to
the Dean of the University of Belgrade Faculty
for Security Studies regarding Soltanieh's visit
and would convey the same message to the MFA.

Soltanieh Speaks on Iran's Nuclear Program and
Against U.S.
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5. (SBU) During his speeches to the University of
Belgrade and IIPE, Soltanieh gave a presentation
entitled "Facts on Iran's Peaceful Nuclear
Program." (Soltanieh's written statements have
been sent to ISN and NEA via email.) In his
presentations, which were open to both students
and diplomats, Soltanieh spoke against sanctions
and against U.S. policy, and said Iran had not
violated any IAEA accords and was fully
cooperating. "Iran is showing resistance against
those countries that want to limit developing
countries," Soltanieh said at the IIPE.
Soltanieh said Iran had received the P5+1 package
and that it was under consideration. "All sides
should come to the negotiating table without
preconceived conditions," said Soltanieh.

COMMENT
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BELGRADE 00000619 002 OF 002

6. (SBU) Serbia has been, and remains,
cooperative on Iran issues. Though Soltanieh's
visit appears to be coincidental and not directly
coordinated with the government, we will
encourage Serbia to weigh the potential damage to
the country's international image that this type
of engagement with Iran may bring. End Comment.

PEDERSON

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