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Cablegate: Slovak Response to Fac Points

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SUBJECT: SLOVAK RESPONSE TO FAC POINTS

REF: E. KONICK 1/16 EMAIL

1. (SBU) European Correspondent Albin Otruba accepted USG points
for the upcoming Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) on January 21 and
expressed appreciation that the U.S. and EU are so close on the
major issues.

Bosnia-Herzegovina
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2. (SBU) The single item on which Otruba saw a gap between
Slovak and U.S. policy is the relationship of the Office of the
High Representative (OHR) and the EU Special Representative
(EUSR) offices in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Otruba said the EU member
states are unanimously in favor of rolling the OHR into EUSR,
since an independent OHR is an obstacle to Bosnia's EU
integration. The question for EU member states "is not if this
should happen, but when. And Slovakia is in favor of it
happening as soon as possible."

Afghanistan
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3. (SBU) Otruba described Afghanistan's 2009 Presidential
election as a "fiasco" and "ineffective." He couldn't imagine
any EU member state or ISAF contributor being opposed to a delay
in the Parliamentary elections, but said the Afghan government
must propose, own and defend any proposal for delay.

4. (SBU) Foreign Minister Lajcak will lead Slovakia's delegation
to the London Conference. Otruba said the MoD State Secretary,
Daniel Duchon, is still considering participating as well.

Ukraine
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5. (U) Ukraine will not be discussed at the January FAC. A
conversation on Haiti has been scheduled instead.

EDDINS

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