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Cablegate: Slovakia On London Conference On Afghanistan

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SUBJECT: SLOVAKIA ON LONDON CONFERENCE ON AFGHANISTAN

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1. (U) PolOff delivered reftel demarche to Radovan Javorcik,
Director of the Fifth Territorial Department at the Slovak MFA,
and Marek Brieska, Desk Officer for Afghanistan, on January 25.
Javorcik will accompany Foreign Minister Lajcak to the London
Conference. Javorcik said that he had already been pressed by
the British Embassy in Bratislava to contribute to the Peace and
Reintegration Trust Fund; however, Slovakia will most likely not
pledge a specific amount this week, as the Slovak Aid budget is
quite limited -- its budget for 2010 will be approximately six
million euros -- and is still being finalized. However, the
Slovaks hope to contribute to the fund in the future.

2. (U) Javorcik said the Slovaks will focus specifically on
support for the reconciliation process and good governance. He
also said that FM Lajcak will express support for President
Karzai, the fight against corruption, the promotion of good
governance and justice, and the continuing need for civilian
assistance that is devised by the Afghans. If asked, the
Slovaks will praise the postponement of elections in
Afghanistan, as they believe it is crucial that the results be
seen as credible for Afghanistan's long-term democratic
development.

3. (U) On Slovakia's civilian assistance, Javorcik said that
the Slovak government has approved legislative changes that
would make it possible for civilians to deploy on overseas
missions; these changes are now pending with the Parliament.
Once approved, two police trainers are available to deploy to
Afghanistan.

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