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Cablegate: Croatia Candidate for Un Security Council

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UNCLAS ZAGREB 000265

SIPDIS


FOR EUR/SCE-KABUMOTO

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL HR USUN
SUBJECT: CROATIA CANDIDATE FOR UN SECURITY COUNCIL
ELECTIONS FOR 2008-2009

1. CROATIA PLANS TO RUN FOR A SEAT ON THE UN SECURITY
COUNCIL FOR THE PERIOD 2008-2009. ON FEBRUARY 5, ACTING HEAD
OF THE MFA'S AMERICAS DEPARTMENT, ANDREA BEKIC, HANDED US A
DIPLOMATIC NOTE ANNOUNCING THE GOC'S INTENTIONS. BEKIC SAID
CROATIA WOULD APPRECIATE U.S. SUPPORT. WE TOLD HER WE WOULD
PASS THE NOTE TO THE DEPARTMENT (EUR/SCE).

BEGIN TEXT:

NO: 747/04

THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA
PRESENTS ITS COMPLIMENTS TO THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA IN ZAGREB AND HAS THE HONOUR TO PRESENT THE
CANDIDATURE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA FOR THE NON-PERMANENT
SEAT TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL OF THE UNITED NATIONS FOR THE
PERIOD 2008-2009 AT ELECTIONS TO BE HELD DURING THE 62ND
SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED NATIONS IN 2007
IN NEW YORK.

CROATIA STRONGLY SUPPORTS THE UN PRINCIPLES OF EQUITABLE
REPRESENTATION OF REGIONS AND ROTATION IN THE MEMBERSHIP OF
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION. IN THIS RESPECT AND CONSIDERING
THE FACT THAT CROATIA HAS NEVER BEEN A MEMBER OF THE SECURITY
COUNCIL, THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA WOULD HIGHLY APPRECIATE IF
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WOULD RENDER ITS VALUABLE
SUPPORT FOR THE ABOVE MENTIONED CANDIDATURE.

TO DATE, CROATIA HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF UN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL
COUNCIL (ECOSOC) AND SERVED ON EIGHT OF ITS FUNCTIONAL
COMMISSIONS, CULMINATING IN THE PRESIDENCY OF ECOSOC IN 2002.
MINDFUL THAT PEACE AND SECURITY ARE PREREQUISITES FOR
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL PROSPERITY, CROATIA WOULD LIKE TO REMAIN
ENGAGED WITH AND RESPONSIVE TO CURRENT CONCERNS ON REFORMING
THE UN SYSTEM, IN ORDER TO MAKE IT A STRONGER AND MORE
EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY.

GIVEN THE SECURITY COUNCIL,S PRIMARY ROLE IN THE MAINTENANCE
OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY, A CENTRAL TENET OF
CROATIA,S CANDIDATURE FOR SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP IS ITS
WISH TO ACTIVELY CONTRIBUTE TO THE UN SYSTEM OF COLLECTIVE
SECURITY IN EFFECTIVE AND TRANSPARENT WAY, AS EMBODIED IN THE
CHARTER AND RE-ALIGNED WITH THE MILLENNIUM DECLARATION.
CROATIA GAINED IMPORTANT EXPERIENCE IN POST-WAR RECOVERY,
POST-CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND CONFIDENCE BUILDING. CROATIA
CONTINUES TO ATTACH GREAT IMPORTANCE TO CONFLICT PREVENTION
AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION ACTIVITIES, AND TAKES AN ACTIVE PART
IN A NUMBER OF UN PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS. IN ITS ROLE OF THE
PROMOTER OF REGIONAL AND EUROPEAN SECURITY, CROATIA STANDS
DETERMINED TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PEACE EFFORTS AND A
STRENGTHENED UN ROLE ON A REGIONAL AND GLOBAL LEVEL.

THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA
AVAILS ITSELF OF THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RENEW TO THE EMBASSY OF
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN ZAGREB THE ASSURANCES OF ITS
HIGHEST CONSIDERATION.
END TEXT.

FRANK


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