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Cablegate: Austrian Views in Advance of Thegaerc

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SUBJECT: AUSTRIAN VIEWS IN ADVANCE OF THEGAERC

REF: STATE 96598

1. (SBU) Polchief disussed reftel points September 10 with
Klaus Famia, MFA European correspondent. Famira offered the
following views on the agenda items for the September 15-16
GAERC:

-- Georgia: EU members hope to approve the deployment of an
ESDP mission to Georgia at the GAERC. The mission could be
up and running by October 1. GAERC participants will also
discuss the appointment of an EU special representative for
Georgia.

-- Somalia: GAERC participants will discuss both an ESDP
mission to combat piracy off the Somali coast and the tense
political situation in Somalia. EU member states hope to
reach a final decision on an ESDP mission by October or
November. The mission would provide naval escort for ships
carrying World Food Program aid and other commercial vessels.

-- Zimbabwe: Member states will agree to expand the list of
individuals and enterprises subject to sanctions including
visa bans, travel restrictions, and the freezing of assets.
There will also be a discussion of the political situation.
The EU will welcome the resumption of talks and encourage the
mediation effort being carried out by SADC. The EU will also
emphasize that any long-term solution will depend on African
institutions.

-- Serbia: Famira noted that ICTY Chief Prosecutor Brammertz
was in Belgrade to evaluate Serbia's cooperation with the
Tribunal. If Brammertz issues a positive report, GAERC
participants will consider whether to move forward on an
interim SAA agreement on trade.

-- Belarus: Famira said GAERC participants were scheduled to
adopt conclusions on Belarus without holding a discussion.
Nevertheless, he said there was increased interest in EU
relations with Belarus in the wake of the Georgia conflict.
There has been discussion in EU circles of a possible EU
troika meeting with the Belarusian FM.

-- Turkey: Famira said Turkey was not on the agenda.

2. (SBU) Polchief also asked Famira about the outcome of the
September 5-6 Gymnich. Famira said there was considerable
discussion on transatlantic relations. The French submitted
an eight-page paper outlining areas where U.S.-EU cooperation
could be strengthened. The Austrian view is that the Balkans
-- which the French did not highlight in their paper --
provides the best example of transatlantic cooperation, and
should serve as a model. The full range of relevant
institutions on both sides of the Atlantic have worked
closely together throughout the Balkans crises, he said.
GIRARD-DICARLO

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