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Cablegate: Macedonia Prepared to Continue with Adriatic Charter, But

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E.O. 12958: DECL: NA
TAGS: MARR NATO PGOV HR AL MK
SUBJECT: MACEDONIA PREPARED TO CONTINUE WITH ADRIATIC CHARTER, BUT
ONLY WITH GENUINE CROATIAN AND ALBANIAN PARTICIPATION

REF: STATE 85946

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1. (SBU) Per reftel, we discussed the future of the Adriatic Charter
August 13 with Zoran Dabik, MFA Director for Political-Security
Cooperation and Multilateral Affairs. Dabik responded that Macedonia
was prepared to participate eagerly in a new Adriatic Charter
arrangement with Montenegro, Bosnia, and -- perhaps -- Serbia, but
only if Croatia and Albania also participate meaningfully. Macedonia
does not wish to be categorized as having the same NATO status as
Montenegro, Bosnia, and Serbia, but at the same time the GoM
recognizes the value of maintaining a mentoring regional body. He
understood that the level of DoD participation may diminish, but saw
this as putting positive pressure on the original A-3 countries as
Allies (or near-Allies, in Macedonia's case) to take the lead.

2. (SBU) Dabik expressed concern that Zagreb and Tirana -- especially
the latter -- have seemed eager to drop the Adriatic Charter since
they received NATO invitations in April. He noted that Albania
failed to convene an A-3 meeting even though they were the current
chair. He believed the GoA was linking adding Montenegro to the
grouping to Montenegrin recognition of Kosovo. Dabik added that
Croatia has shown more enthusiasm for the future of the Charter, but
believes both capitals will need a push.

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