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04PARIS9160
2004-12-28 16:02:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Paris
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UKRAINE: FRENCH ON YUSHCHENKO VICTORY

Tags:  PGOV PREL EU UP FR PL 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L PARIS 009160 

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/28/2014
TAGS: PGOV PREL EU UP FR PL
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: FRENCH ON YUSHCHENKO VICTORY

REF: A. KIEV 5146


B. PARIS 9042

Classified By: Political Minister Counselor Josiah Rosenblatt for reaso
ns 1.4 (b) and (d).



1. (U) MFA desk officer for Ukraine Benoit Fremont described
French satisfaction that the re-run of the second round of
the Ukrainian presidential election had been conducted freely
and fairly. Fremont agreed that while there had been some
problems with the balloting, the level of fraud had not begun
to approach that seen in November. Fremont did note the
French Embassy's expectation that the Yanukovych camp may
seize on the change in rules governing the use of the mobile
ballot boxes, which saw several problems in implementation.



2. (SBU) Fremont noted particularly the importance of
Russia's willingness to accept the election results and
Yushchenko's savvy decision to make his first foreign visit
to Moscow. He also praised Yuschenko's intention to build a
type of national unity government that would include
Yanukovych supporters, thereby increasing the stakes those
opposing Yushchenko will have in the new government.



3. (SBU) Fremont denied that calls for eventual Ukrainian
EU membership would grow so loud as to create problems within
the EU. Pointing out that the Union had just formalized its
neighborhood policy at the Dec. 17 Council meeting, Fremont
said, "I don't think the question of Ukraine will divide the
25."



4. (SBU) Fremont re-emphasized the appreciation the French
had for the European negotiators -- in particular, High Rep
for CFSP Solana, Lithuanian President Adamkus, and Polish
President Kwasniewski. He noted that Kwasniewski and Chirac
had spoken by phone during the negotiations process, as had
officials at lower levels within the MFA, and said that these
efforts had helped to buttress the improving French-Polish
relationship since Kwasniewski's early October visit.



5. (SBU) Meanwhile, Le Monde editorialized on Dec. 27 that,
after the Baltics and Georgia, Ukraine had showed that
"autocracy was not the inevitable destiny awaiting peoples in
the former Russian (sic) empire." It further said that it is
not only Putin who needs to recognize that, but Europe as
well, noting that Europe must "aid Ukraine to do everything
possible to develop a stable democracy and a modern economy."



6. (C) Comment: It is unclear whether Fremont's assessment
that the EU can easily handle Ukraine's European aspirations
is wishful thinking or reflects the MFA's confident belief.
Although the French -- along with the rest of the former
EU-15 -- joined the new member states in encouraging the
Ukrainians to stand up for democracy, the Quai's line will be
that encouraging democratization and the establishment of a
progressive regime in Ukraine does not automatically lead to
consideration of Ukraine for candidate status in the near or
mid-term -- far short of the wishes of Poland and other
recent Central European entrants. End Comment.
Wolff