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Cablegate: Finland Supports Delay of Kazakhstan's Osce

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FM AMEMBASSY HELSINKI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2398
INFO RUCNOSC/ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY COOPERATION IN EUROPE
RUEHTA/AMEMBASSY ALMATY PRIORITY 0203
RUEHTH/AMEMBASSY ATHENS PRIORITY 0030
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RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS PRIORITY 5486
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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/30/2016
TAGS: KDEM PGOV PHUM PREL OSCE KZ FI
SUBJECT: FINLAND SUPPORTS DELAY OF KAZAKHSTAN'S OSCE
CHAIRMANSHIP BID

REF: STATE 139361

Classified By: Acting Political Chief David Schlaefer, for reasons 1.4
(B) and (D)

(C) Emboff delivered reftel points to MFA Human Rights Unit
Director Johanna Suurpaa on August 25. In subsequent
discussions, MFA Political Director Pilvi-Sisko
Vierros-Villenueve welcomed Washington's firm position in
favor of delaying Kazakhstan's bid to chair the OSCE past
2009. Vierros-Villeneuve said that Finland had been
concerned to note that Germany appeared to favor Almaty's
candidacy, and she hoped that quiet but firm opposition from
the U.S. may be sufficient to persuade Kazakhstan to defer to
some of the better qualified candidates running for the 2009
chairmanship.
WARE

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