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Cablegate: Guidance -- Working with Russia On Osce Training

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TAGS: PREL OSCE RS AF
SUBJECT: GUIDANCE -- WORKING WITH RUSSIA ON OSCE TRAINING
PROJECTS FOR AFGHANISTAN

REF: USNATO 11

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED; NOT FOR INTERNET DISTRIBUTION

1. (SBU) Washington welcomes continued engagement with Russia
on potential OSCE police training projects that would benefit
Afghanistan, with an emphasis on border security and
counter-narcotics.

2. (SBU) In close consultation with the Russian delegation,
USOSCE should work with the OSCE Secretariat to develop
additional Afghanistan-related projects that have direct
impact for regional security, are consistent with the Madrid
Ministerial Decision on OSCE Engagement with Afghanistan
(MC.DEC/04/07), and are based in Central Asian countries.
Our objective is to eventually implement OSCE projects within
Afghanistan. Projects could include a concrete police
training project based out of the OSCE,s field operations in
either in Dushanbe (where the OSCE has established a Border
Security Management College) or Bishkek (where the OSCE
Academy is located) and would help implement the Athens
Ministerial Decision on Transnational Threats and
Challenges(MC.DEC/02/09), which was co-sponsored by Russia
and the USG. Washington would like to review all first
dimension training projects that benefit Afghanistan, but is
also interested in developing OSCE engagement on second and
third dimensions extra-budgetary projects for Afghanistan as
well. To that end, USOSCE should work with the Afghanistan
delegation to the OSCE to see if there are other areas of
potential OSCE cooperation sought by Kabul.

3. (SBU) Once the OSCE has developed the additional
project(s) and received the go-ahead from both Washington and
Moscow, USOSCE may re-program up to Euro 86K from the Central
Asia Border Assessment Project (IRMA Project Number 1100584,
Pledge Number 11823). Department will also seek additional
sources of funds (as well as potential in-kind
contributions), depending on the types and scope of projects
developed by the OSCE. USOSCE should also ask Russia to seek
financial (as well as in-kind) contributions for these
important projects.
CLINTON

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