Cablegate: Zagreb Daily Report - February 16, 2010

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1. (U) Senators Voinovich and Shaheen Meet with PM and President:
Senators Voinovich and Shaheen visited Zagreb February 15-16 as part
of a multi-country tour of the region. They met with PM Kosor,
President Mesic, President Elect Josipovic, Defense Minister
Vukelic, and FM Jandrokovic. The Senators and the Croatians
stressed the importance of continuing Euro-Atlantic expansion in the
region during their meetings. The visit received positive press
coverage. Septel to follow.
2. (U) Prime Minister Kosor Addresses Fourth Regional Interior
Ministers Conference: On February 12, Ministers of Interior and
police chiefs from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Montenegro and Macedonia gathered in Zagreb for the fourth regional
conference on preventing crime along the so-called Balkan route.
During the conference, the ministers signed a joint statement
regarding continued cooperation to suppress international organized
crime. PM Kosor opened the conference and stated that the
uncompromising fight against corruption and organized crime was one
of the fundamental pillars and priorities of her cabinet's work.
Kosor said Croatia would continue to unconditionally support all
southeastern European neighbors on their EU path.

3. (U) Kosor Appoints Peric as Fourth Economic Advisor: PM Kosor
appointed entrepreneur Zeljko Peric, a former Pliva pharmaceutical
company board member, as her fourth advisor on economic related
issues. Peric joins three other advisors: Borislav Skegro, Zeljko
Lovrincevic, and Sandra Svaljek, as part of the Prime Minister's
advisory team.


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