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Cablegate: Exbs: Slovenia and Croatia Program Advisor Monthly

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS LJUBLJANA 001088

SIPDIS


DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/NCE TRIM AND NP/ECC MCCLELLAN
CBP/INA FOR WLAWRENCE
VIENNA FOR ICE ATTACHE
ZAGREB FOR JFRIEDMAN
USDOE/NNSA FOR TPERRY

E.O. 12958:N/A
TAGS: ETTC MNUC PARM PREL KSTC KNNP HR SI
SUBJECT: EXBS: SLOVENIA AND CROATIA PROGRAM ADVISOR MONTHLY
REPORTING CABLE-NOVEMBER 2004


1. SUMMARY: Passports were received from Slovenia and visas
granted for the Washington Department of Commerce (DOC)
workshop in December. Three members of the Slovenian
Government and three from Croatia attended the London Export
Conference. The University of Georgia (UGA) conducted a
Slovenian export assessment. Two National Control List
workshops and Seaport training were conducted in Croatia.
Shield America (ICP) training was conducted in Ljubljana.
Discussions continue regarding the formation of a newly
created Croatian Coast Guard.

Slovenia

I. BROAD ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS

A. None

II. COMPLETED ACTIONS FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD.

A. SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS DURING THE REPORTING
PERIOD.
1. The University of Georgia conducted an assessment of
EXBS in Slovenia during November 1-6, 2004. The initial
feedback from the personnel conducting this assessment was
quite positive. There has been definite and measurable
progress within Slovenia.

2. Visas were issued and final travel arrangements were
made for the eight senior Slovenian officials traveling to
Washington for the Department of Commerce International
Visitors Program. This program will take place in Washington
from December 6 to 10, 2004.

3. Three senior Slovenian officials attended the London
Export Conference November 8-10, 2004 and reported that they
considered it a valuable forum.

4. On November 3, meeting was held with the Slovenian
Nuclear Safety Administration. Efforts are underway to
locate all sources of ionizing radiation in Slovenia that
may have been lost during the transition to independence.
Several significant sources have been recovered in the last
few months and it is hoped that all significant sources will
be located within the next six months.

5. Meetings were also held with the Chamber of Commerce
(Defense Industry Association), Customs and Police regarding
the impact of adoption of the European Commission Control
List. Military use items appear to be well controlled, but
licensing for dual use items is still in a learning mode.
More companies appear to have the ability to produce dual
use items then had originally been thought.

6. On November 30, a Law Enforcement reception was held at
the Ambassadors residence in Ljubljana. The purpose of the
reception was to honor graduates of a recent ILEA course in
Budapest. Most EXBS Law Enforcement contacts were present.

B. TRAINING CONDUCTED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD.

1. Shield America (ICP) training was held in Ljubljana
November 16-18, 2004. The workshop was well received by the
participants.

EQUIPMENT DELIEVERD DURING THE TRAINING PERIOD.

1. None.

IMMINENT TRAINING OR EQUIPMENT STATUS UPDATE.

1. None.

SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN EXPORT CONTROLS, NON
PROLIFERATION, OR RELATED BORDER SECURITY.

1. None.

III. RED FLAG ISSUES.

1. The movement of the EXBS office from Ljubljana to Zagreb
requires the initiation of an NSDD-38. Neither Embassy may


proceed without this. Leases in Ljubljana expire by the end
of June 2005. To avoid multiple ICASS charges, which can be
significant, each Embassy requires six months notice. The
NSDD-38 request is required to start the six month clock
ticking.

CROATIA

I. BROAD ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS.

A. None.

II. COMPLETED ACTIONS FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD.

A. SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS DURING REPORTING PERIOD.

1. The Zagreb Donors group met for their monthly meeting on
November 23. This was the EXBS Advisor's first meeting with
this group, which is hosted by the OSCE. Several people
were present that are normally included in EXBS projects and
it is anticipated that the EXBS Advisor will continue to
attend these meetings. A primary focus of the Croatian
government is entrance into the European Union and many of
the donor groups are associated with the European Union.
Close contact between EXBS and these other donor groups is
essential, not only to preclude duplication of effort, but
also to insure that EXBS efforts not conflict with EU and
Croatian goals regarding EU entrance for Croatia.

2. Further meetings were held with the Croatian Border
Police regarding requests for assistance with the formation
of the new Croatian Coast Guard. The EXBS Advisor will be
in Washington in January and will discuss these concerns.
Additionally, a meeting was held with Colonel Roman Mikulic
regarding the eventual outcome of which agency will actually
have the new Coast Guard. It was the Colonel's belief that
it would be a shared service, using naval vessels, for
several years, but eventually would be solely civilian under
the Ministry of Interior Police.

3. Three senior Croatian officials attended the November
London Export Conference, but there as yet has been no
feedback from them to EXBS.

B. TRAINING CONDUCTED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD.

1. November 7-12, Seaport training was held for the Croatian
Customs and Police in Opatija and Rijeka, Croatia. The
training was very popular with the attendance of 31 people;
six more then had originally been anticipated. The Rijeka
Customs equivalent of a CBP Contraband Enforcement Team was
so professional that the U.S. instructors recommend that
they attend advanced training in Newark, New Jersey.

2. A National Control List (NCL) training session for
government licensing officials was held in Zagreb November
15-18. The training was well attended and addressed many
concerns held by the officials anticipating the January 1,
2005, implementation of the Croatian NCL.

3. An NCL course for industry was held November 29-30 in
Zagreb. This course was also well attended and the
participation of the attendees was particularly
enthusiastic. Based on the number of questions regarding
what companies will have to comply with the new law and how
to do so, it is anticipated that there will be requests for
additional courses after the law takes effect January 1,
2005.

C. EQUIPMENT DELIVERED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD.

1. Six CT-30 kits containing fiber-optic scopes and density
meters were delivered to the Croatian Customs Service at the
conclusion of the training held in Opatija-Rijeka November
12, 2004.

D. IMMINENT TRAINING OR EQUIPMENT STATUS UPDATE.

1. December 14-17, 2004. Targeting and Risk Management to
be held in Zagreb.


2. January 17-19, 2005. PASS (Passive Acoustic Signature
System) training to be held in Zagreb.

E. SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN EXPORT CONTROLS, NON
PROLIFERATION, OR RELATED BORDER SECURITY.

1. None.

III. RED FLAG ITEMS.

1. The same concerns listed in the Slovenian Red Flag
Issues, regarding the transfer of the EXBS office from
Slovenia to Croatia.

ROBERTSON


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