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Cablegate: French Plan for Ratification of Nato Enlargement

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EUR/RPM PETER SCHROEDER AND L/T FRANK HOLLERAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: NATO PARM MARR PREL KTIA FR AL CR
SUBJECT: FRENCH PLAN FOR RATIFICATION OF NATO ENLARGEMENT
BEFORE 2009 NATO SUMMIT

REF: STATE 106321

1. (U) Sensitive but Unclassified - not for internet
distribution.

2. (SBU) The MFA wants the French Parliament to approve NATO
membership for Croatia and Albania before the April 2009 NATO
summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, according to DAS-equivalent for
the Balkans, Thierry Guichoux, who discussed ratification
with Poloff on September 19. Guichoux noted parliament
determines the calendar for ratification. He added that the
MFA had even encouraged the Croatian and Albanian governments
to deliver a demarche directly to the French parliament to
help speed the process. French parliamentary contacts told
us that while no date has yet been set for the debate and
vote on the latest round of NATO enlargement, the parliament
is aware that it is a GOF priority for action before the
April NATO summit. (Comment: The French President's party
controls majorities in both houses of French parliament;
therefore we do not anticipate difficulties in the
ratification process which we expect to occur before April
2009).

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