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Cablegate: Croatia Willing to Proceed with Expansion of The

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL MARR NATO AL MK HR
SUBJECT: CROATIA WILLING TO PROCEED WITH EXPANSION OF THE
ADRIATIC CHARTER

REF: STATE 85946

1. (SBU) Per reftel, Pol officer discussed the future of the
Adriatic Charter on August 22 with Marina Rozic, Head of the
NATO Department at the Croatian Foreign Ministry. Rozic said
that Croatia wanted to continue cooperation with the A-3
countries as well as with other potential new members. The
Croatian MFA and MOD had already started sharing information
based on Croatia's experience with NATO with their
Montenegrin counterparts. Her office was already informally
cooperating with their Montenegrin counterparts on a public
relations strategy for building support for NATO membership
in Montenegro. Rozic noted that the GoC was also planning on
holding consultations with Bosnia and Herzegovina some time
in the fall on a number of security issues. She also agreed
that the door should be left open for Serbia.

2. (SBU) Rozic inquired about the future status of Macedonia
in the Adriatic Charter, given that Macedonia had fulfilled
the requirements to receive an invitation to NATO but still
had not received such an invitation. She expressed the hope
that Macedonia would soon receive an invitation, but if this
did not happen it would raise questions as to what
Macedonia's role should be in any future arrangement.
Croatia could serve as a "mentor" to Bosnia and Montenegro,
but this relationship would not be appropriate for the GoC's
relations with Macedonia. She agreed with Pol Off that it
would be important to include Macedonia in any future
arrangement and that Skopje could also play a mentoring role
for the new members.

3. (SBU) Rozic was not surprised that DoD's participation
might diminish based on upon available resources. Rozic did
ask whether the USG believed that any changes to the Adriatic
Charter would require a new agreement that would need to be
signed by the previous and new members alike. She raised the
possibility that the Adriatic Charter could move ahead as a
"gentlemen's agreement" with the new potential members so
that a new formal document would not be required, but would
appreciate USG views on the issue.
Bradtke

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