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Cablegate: Croatia Does Not Support U.S. Candidate For

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UNCLAS ZAGREB 001678

SIPDIS


DEPT FOR OES/OMC - DMWARNER-KRAMER

NMFS FOR KBLANKENBEKER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EFIS AORC PHSA SENV HR ICCAT
SUBJECT: CROATIA DOES NOT SUPPORT U.S. CANDIDATE FOR
ICCAT EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

REF: STATE 209478

1. ON JULY 23 WE PROVIDED REFTEL TALKING POINTS TO THE
ANDREA BEKIC, DEPARTMENT FOR NORTH AMERICA, MINISTRY OF
FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AND IVAN KATAVIC, ASSISTANT MINISTER OF
FISHERIES AND AGRICULTURE IN CHARGE OF THE FISHERIES
DIRECTORATE. ON JULY 25, KATAVIC TOLD US CROATIA DOES
NOT SUPPORT THE CANDIDACY OF MR. JOSEPH POWERS FOR THE
NEW EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION
FOR THE CONSERVATION OF ATLANTIC TUNAS (ICCAT).

2. KATAVIC STATED THAT CROATIA HAD ALREADY SUBMITTED ITS
BALLOT RANKING, AND INCLUDED ONE CANDIDATE EACH FROM
JAPAN AND MOROCCO, AND THREE CANDIDATES EACH FROM SPAIN
AND FRANCE. CROATIA BELIEVES THE CANDIDATES IT
SUPPORTED WILL BE ABLE TO PROTECT THE EASTERN STOCK OF
TUNA BETTER THAN MR. POWERS. KATAVIC CITED ECONOMIC
REASONS AS THE BASIS FOR CROATIA'S DIFFERENCES WITH THE
UNITED STATES AND CANADA ON THE ISSUE OF INTRODUCING A
MORATORIUM ON TUNA FISHING. HOWEVER, IN 2004 CROATIA
WILL BE ASSIGNED A FISHING QUOTA FOR TUNA BY THE EU.

3. COMMENT: ON THIS ISSUE AND OTHERS, CROATIA'S EU
ASPIRATIONS WILL TRUMP MOST OTHER CONSIDERATIONS. END
COMMENT.

FRANK

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