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Cablegate: T Letter of Thanks to Croatia State Secretary

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TO AMEMBASSY ZAGREB IMMEDIATE 1245

UNCLAS STATE 081358

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KNNP MNUC PARM PREL HR
SUBJECT: T LETTER OF THANKS TO CROATIA STATE SECRETARY
RABOTEG FOR PSI 5TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION

REF: STATE 023570

1. SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND: Mate Raboteg, Croatian State
Secretary of Defense, gave a presentation at the Senior-Level
Meeting for all states endorsing the Proliferation Security
Initiative (PSI), held May 28, 2008, in Washington, DC, on
the occasion of the PSI's Fifth Anniversary. Raboteg's
presentation covered increasing participating in the PSI,
with a focus on Croatia's experience, during the panel on
ways to continue strengthening the PSI. The PSI Senior-Level
Meeting was attended by representatives of 85 countries,
almost all of the 92 states that have endorsed the PSI.

2. ACTION REQUESTED: Embassy is requested to deliver under
appropriate cover the following letter from Acting Under
Secretary John Rood to State Secretary of Defense Raboteg,
thanking him for his presentation at the PSI Fifth
Anniversary Senior-Level Meeting. The State Department does
not plan to release the text of this letter but has no
objection if the Government of Croatia wishes to do so.
There will be no signed original.

3. Begin text of letter:

Dear Mr. Raboteg:

On behalf of the U.S. Government, I want to thank you for
your presentation on "Increasing Participation within PSI:
Croatian Experience," in the panel on ways to continue
strengthening the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) at
the May 28, 2008 Senior-Level Meeting for PSI participants in
Washington DC. Your presentation made an important
contribution to the panel and the meeting overall.

I believe the PSI Fifth Anniversary Senior-Level Meeting was
very successful in reaffirming the strong commitment of the
PSI partner states to respond to the WMD proliferation
challenge. It also provided the participants from 85
countries an opportunity to strengthen communication with one
another. We hope this event will result in expanded
participation in PSI activities, particularly on a regional
basis. The United States recognizes that Croatia plays a
significant role in the PSI, and we greatly appreciate your
Government's continued efforts and contributions to advancing
the PSI goals.

Sincerely,

John C. Rood
Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and
International Security

End text of letter.

4. POINTS OF CONTACT: Washington points of contact on the
PSI are Jane Purcell (e-mail: PurcelJa@state.gov,
202-647-6186); and Carlos Guzman (e-mail: GuzmanCS@state.gov,
202-647-6320). Department appreciates Post's assistance.
RICE

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