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Cablegate: Isn Letter of Thanks to Croatia Psi Presenter

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FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY ZAGREB IMMEDIATE 1269

UNCLAS STATE 082967

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KNNP MNUC PARM PREL HR
SUBJECT: ISN LETTER OF THANKS TO CROATIA PSI PRESENTER

REF: A. STATE 023570
B. STATE 069357

1. SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND: On May 29, 2008, the United
States hosted a Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)
Outreach Workshop in Washington, attended by representatives
of 21 countries that have not yet endorsed the PSI, as well
as most of the 92 PSI participating states. The workshop
provided detailed information on the broad range of PSI
activities and tools that have been developed for training,
organizing for, and conducting interdictions of shipments of
proliferation concern.

2. Sanja Bujas Juraga, Department Head, Directorate for
International Organizations and Security, Department of
International Security, MFA, gave two presentations during
the Workshop. In the panel on the PSI exercise program, she
made some remarks and showed a video on Croatia's May 2008
PSI exercise "Adriatic Shield." She also gave a presentation
on the PSI and export controls as complementary instruments,
based on Croatia's experience (copy can be forwarded upon
request).

3. ACTION REQUESTED: Embassy is requested to deliver under
appropriate cover the following letter from Acting Assistant
Secretary Patricia McNerney to Ms. Bujas Juraga, thanking her
for her presentations. There will be no signed original.

4. Begin text of letter:

Dear Ms. Bujas Juraga:

I would like to thank you for giving two presentations - on
the PSI exercise program and on export controls - at the May
29, 2008 Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Outreach
Workshop in Washington, DC. Your presentations made an
important contribution to the Workshop.

I believe the Outreach Workshop was very successful both
because it informed states of the many ongoing PSI activities
and because it provided states with concrete ways to improve
their capabilities to stop WMD-related trafficking. The
United States greatly appreciates the significant role that
Croatia plays in advancing the PSI's goals, including in
outreach. We believe that we must continue PSI outreach,
both to encourage more states to endorse the PSI and
encourage states that have already endorsed to participate
more actively. We look forward to continuing our work
together in support of the PSI.

Sincerely,

Patricia A. McNerney
Acting Assistant Secretary for International Security and
Nonproliferation,
Department of State

5. POINTS OF CONTACT: Washington points of contact on the
PSI are Jane Purcell, e-mail: PurcelJa@state.gov,
202-647-6186; and Carlos Guzman, e-mail: GuzmanCS@state.gov,
202-647-6320. Department appreciates Post's assistance.
RICE

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