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03ZAGREB501
2003-03-07 16:36:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Zagreb
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CROATIA: PROCEDURES APPROVED FOR STREAMLINED

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						C O N F I D E N T I A L ZAGREB 000501 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EUR/SCE (NARDI) AND EUR/PRA (CAGAN)
DOD FOR JCS/J5 (EPPERSON); DIA (STEVENS AND LINDER);
OSD/ISP (SHOEMAKER)

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/06/2013
TAGS: MARR MOPS PREL HR IZ
SUBJECT: CROATIA: PROCEDURES APPROVED FOR STREAMLINED
REQUESTS FOR OVERFLIGHT

REF: ZAGREB 428

CLASSIFIED BY: POLOFF A.F.GODFREY FOR REASONS 1.5 (A,D)

SUMMARY
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C O N F I D E N T I A L ZAGREB 000501

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EUR/SCE (NARDI) AND EUR/PRA (CAGAN)
DOD FOR JCS/J5 (EPPERSON); DIA (STEVENS AND LINDER);
OSD/ISP (SHOEMAKER)

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/06/2013
TAGS: MARR MOPS PREL HR IZ
SUBJECT: CROATIA: PROCEDURES APPROVED FOR STREAMLINED
REQUESTS FOR OVERFLIGHT

REF: ZAGREB 428

CLASSIFIED BY: POLOFF A.F.GODFREY FOR REASONS 1.5 (A,D)

SUMMARY
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1. (C) AS OF MARCH 10, CIVILIAN AIRCRAFT TRANSPORTING U.S.
TROOPS TO SUPPORT POTENTIAL ACTION IN IRAQ MAY TRANSIT
CROATIAN AIRSPACE WITH THE STANDARD ICAO FLIGHT PLAN AS THE
ONLY ADVANCE WARNING REQUIRED, PROVIDED THEY DO NOT INTEND TO
LAND. TWENTY-FOUR HOURS ADVANCE NOTICE IS REQUIRED FOR
FLIGHTS WHICH INTEND TO LAND AND REFUEL. THE GOC INTERAGENCY
WORKING GROUP FINALIZED MODALITIES AND STANDARD OPERATING
PROCEDURES TO IMPLEMENT THE FEBRUARY 26 GOVERNMENT DECISION
TO PROVIDE LIMITED LOGISTICS SUPPORT TO THE U.S. THE
PROCEDURES ARE (FOR CROATIA) SURPRISINGLY STRAIGHTFORWARD AND
SHOULD PROVE SIMPLE TO IMPLEMENT. THE FEBRUARY 26 DECISION
DID NOT AUTHORIZE TROOPS TO DISEMBARK DURING STOPS IN
CROATIA. END SUMMARY.


2. (U) ON FEBRUARY 26, PM RACAN'S CABINET PASSED A DECISION
TO AGREE TO LIMITED OVERFLIGHT, LANDING AND REFUELING FOR
CIVILIAN CONTRACT AIRCRAFT TRANSPORTING U.S. FORCES FOR
POTENTIAL ACTION IN IRAQ (REFTEL). THE DECISION ALSO CREATED
AN INTER-AGENCY WORKING GROUP TO ESTABLISH MODALITIES FOR
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ENGAGEMENT WITH THE U.S. AND TO DRAFT STANDARD OPERATING
PROCEDURES.


3. (C) ON MARCH 7, DAO AND EMBOFF MET WITH ASSISTANT DEFENSE
MINISTER FOR POLICY JELENA GRCIC POLIC, THE LEADER OF THE
WORKING GROUP. SHE PRESENTED US WITH THE GOC'S "PROTOCOL FOR
USING AIRSPACE AND AIRPORTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA FOR
THE NEEDS OF COALITION FORCES UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA." THE PROTOCOL (FAXED TO EUR/SCE),
WHICH WAS REFINED IN A SERIES OF INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS,
ESTABLISHES WHAT APPEAR TO BE REASONABLE GUIDELINES FOR
NOTIFYING THE GOC OF UPCOMING OVERFLIGHT AND LANDING.

- NO ADVANCE WARNING IS REQUIRED EXCEPT FOR A STANDARD FLIGHT
PLAN FOR USE OF CROATIA'S AIRSPACE BY CIVILIAN AIRCRAFT WITH
NO INTENTION TO LAND OR REFUEL;

- A MINIMUM OF 24 HOURS ADVANCE NOTICE BEFORE AIRCRAFT
ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL IS REQUIRED FOR USE OF CROATIA'S
AIRPORTS FOR LANDING AND REFUELING;

- CROATIA DESIGNATES ITS AIRPORTS IN SPLIT AND PULA AS
DESIGNATED LANDING SITES, BUT OTHER AIRFIELDS MAY BE USED IN
THE CASE OF SPECIFIED NEED.


4. (C) ASSISTANT MINISTER GRCIC POLIC EXPLAINED THAT
ALTHOUGH THE PROTOCOL ONLY SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZES THE USE OF
AIRPORTS BY MD-11, DC-10 AND B-767 AIRCRAFT, THE WORKING
GROUP HAS DECIDED TO INTERPRET THIS AS "AIRCRAFT SIMILAR TO
THESE TYPES." DISMISSING AN EARLIER POTENTIAL POINT OF
CONTENTION, GRCIC POLIC TOLD US THAT AIRCRAFT COVERED BY THE
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PROTOCOL WOULD BE AUTHORIZED USING STANDARD CIVILIAN FLIGHT
CLEARANCES, AND WOULD NOT HAVE TO BE DESIGNATED AS "STATE
AIRCRAFT."


5. (C) GRCIC POLIC TOLD US THAT THE PROCEDURES AS SPECIFIED
ABOVE WERE THE MOST FLEXIBLE HER INTERAGENCY WORKING GROUP
COULD PRODUCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEBRUARY 26 DECISION;
SOME MAY EVEN PUSH THE BOUNDARIES DEFINED BY CROATIAN LAW.
SHE SHOWED US A COPY OF THE GOC INTERNAL STANDARD OPERATING
PROCEDURES FOR ACTION TO BE TAKEN UPON NOTIFICATION BY THE
USG -- THROUGH THE FOREIGN MINISTRY -- OF AN IMPENDING FLIGHT
COVERED BY THE NEW PROTOCOL. THE PROCEDURES APPEARED TO US
TO BE STRAIGHTFORWARD AND BUSINESSLIKE, PROVIDING FOR 24-HOUR
AVAILABILITY OF RESPONSIBLE OFFICERS IN CASE OF A REQUEST
OUTSIDE OF THE NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS.
ROSSIN

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