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06DUBLIN275 2006-03-15 14:52:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Dublin
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BELARUS: IRELAND SUPPORTS U.S.-EU COORDINATION,

Tags:   PREL KDEM PGOV EUN BO EI 
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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/31/2015
TAGS: PREL KDEM PGOV EUN BO EI
SUBJECT: BELARUS: IRELAND SUPPORTS U.S.-EU COORDINATION,
BUT CAUTIONS ON FINANCIAL SANCTIONS

REF: STATE 38953

Classified By: Charge d'Affaires Jonathan Benton; Reasons 1.4 (B) and (
D).



1. (SBU) Ireland agrees strongly with U.S. points on the
continuing importance of U.S.-EU coordination in the run-up
to, and aftermath of, the March 19 presidential election in
Belarus, according to Ruadhri Dowling, Department of Foreign
Affairs (DFA) First Secretary for Russia and Eastern Europe,
to whom emboff delivered reftel demarche on March 14.
Dowling cited EU statements highlighting the international
community's serious concerns about the Belarus government's
conduct in the pre-election period. He pointed out that
Ireland had earlier assigned one longer-term observer, a
university lecturer, to the ODIHR monitoring mission and
would send ten more observers for the election, including a
DFA official.



2. (C) In terms of possible U.S.-EU post-electoral responses
to the Belarusian Government's misconduct, Dowling noted
Irish support for the expansion of visa restrictions, an
option already under EU consideration. He cautioned,
however, that financial sanctions, such as freezing the
personal assets of Belarusian officials, would be more
problematic. He elaborated that such sanctions could not be
implemented quickly and, perhaps worse, might not be
effective. The unintended result, he added, would be to
diminish U.S. and EU prestige within Belarus. Dowling
concluded that the EU would nevertheless continue to examine
this option in coordination with the USG.
BENTON