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Cablegate: Slovenia On Osce Election Observers for Iraq

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UNCLAS LJUBLJANA 001079

SIPDIS


SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV IZ SI
SUBJECT: SLOVENIA ON OSCE ELECTION OBSERVERS FOR IRAQ

REF: SECSTATE 252711

1. (SBU) Pol/Econ chief raised the points in reftel with
Blanka Jamnisek of the OSCE task force. Though points had
been provided in advance of the meeting, Jamnisek apologized
for being unprepared to respond to the demarche. In addition
to preparing for the OSCE ministerial this weekend, the
Slovene MFA is preparing for the return of Dimitrij Rupel as
Foreign Minister on Friday.

2. (SBU) With some prodding, Jamnisek allowed that if there
were a consensus behind the idea of OSCE election observers
in Iraq, as CiO, Slovenia would be prepared to see it
implemented. She was not able to offer a GOS opinion on the
plan, however.

3. (SBU) Comment: In this conversation, as in many previous
discussions, Jamnisek (and her colleagues) expressed the view
that Slovenia would be taking on the role of "mediator" in
the OSCE. While the Task Force has described several
initiatives it plans to introduce as CiO, it has been much
less forthcoming with clear support or lack of support for
specific proposals. Perhaps with the arrival of Rupel at the
end of this week, and thus the end of uncertainty about
leadership of the MFA, Jamnisek and colleagues will be able
to sharpen their views on OSCE issues and provide leadership
as well. End Comment.
ROBERTSON


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