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05LJUBLJANA194
2005-03-30 05:23:00
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Embassy Ljubljana
Cable title:  

URGENT DEMARCHE ON OSCE ROLE IN KYRGYZSTAN -

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						UNCLAS LJUBLJANA 000194 

SIPDIS


SENSITIVE

FOR AMBASSADORS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OPDC PGOV PREL KG SI
SUBJECT: URGENT DEMARCHE ON OSCE ROLE IN KYRGYZSTAN -
RUPEL'S RESPONSE

REF: STATE 57807



1. (SBU) COM spoke March 30 with Foreign Minister Rupel
shortly before Rupel,s departure for Bishkek, using reftel
talking points to urge him to find a continuous senior OSCE
presence on the ground in Kyrgyzstan. Ambassador emphasized
that the Secretary had asked him to call and noted that we
were also speaking with Ambassador Lenarcic at OSCE Vienna.
Ambassador referred to DepSec,s visit to Ljubljana and his
discussion with Minister Rupel March 29 to emphasize that
this was an opportunity for the OSCE -- and Slovenia -- to
take advantage of the historic moment in Kyrgyzstan. He said
we had been confused why it had not been possible to keep a
senior level OSCE envoy in Bishkek to provide the political
leadership during this critical period.



2. (SBU) Rupel first responded by noting that there is the
OSCE Mission in Bishkek, headed by the Swiss Ambassador.
Ambassador replied that we needed a more senior political
presence to come in and stay. We could not understand why
Alojz Peterle had left on the weekend to be replaced by
Secretary General Kubis who then turned around and left March

SIPDIS


29. Rupel asked how long we felt that the senior presence on
the ground would be necessary. Amb replied that it was until
things on the ground had stabilized and it was clear that
there is an agreed upon plan to move forward. He said we
were talking about weeks, at least, not days.



3. (SBU) Rupel said, &This is something we can do.8 He
volunteered that Peterle had left Bishkek because he did not
want to share the limelight with Kubis and not because of his
European Parliament responsibilities.



4. (SBU) Rupel agreed to get back to the Amb and added that
he owed the Secretary a call back as well. Amb said that he
looked forward to hearing from him soon.
ROBERTSON


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2005LJUBLJ00194 - Classification: UNCLASSIFIED



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