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SUBJECT: CZECHS HESITANT TO LEND NAME TO PARTNERSHIP FOR
DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE

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B. PRAGUE 930
C. STATE 108794

(SBU) The Czechs have decided that they do not have the
resources to actively support the Partnership for Democratic
Governance (PDG) and therefore will not, at this time, become
a founding member or join the steering group. Gabriela
Dlouha, Director of the Czech MFA's Human Rights and
Transition Policy Department, told poloff on September 19
that the GOCR has examined the draft principles and has no
problems in this regard. However, as a point of principle,
the Czechs do not want to join an organization if they are
not able to take an active role in it. Thus, while they will
support the work of the PDG -- and Foreign Minister
Schwarzenberg will attend the Community of Democracy meeting
on the margin of the UNGA where the PDG will be discussed --
they will not become formal members or otherwise lend their
name to the PDG at present. Dlouha said they would leave the
door open to perhaps taking a more active role in the future.
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