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06ZAGREB1072 2006-09-08 09:48:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Zagreb
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AMBASSADOR UNDERSCORES NAM POINTS WITH

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P 080948Z SEP 06
FM AMEMBASSY ZAGREB
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6610
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0031
					  C O N F I D E N T I A L ZAGREB 001072 

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/08/2016
TAGS: PREL PHUM HR CU
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR UNDERSCORES NAM POINTS WITH
PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR

REF: ZAGREB 1035

Classified By: AMBASSADOR BRADTKE FOR REASONS 1.4(B) AND (D)



1. (C) Following up on his meeting last week with President
Mesic (reftel), the Ambassador met September 7 with Mesic
Foreign Policy Advisor Loncar to discuss U.S. concerns over
the President's attendance at the Non-Aligned Summit in
Havana. The Ambassador told Loncar that reaction in
Washington to the President's decision had been negative, and
that senior policymakers viewed attendance at the head of
state level, even as a observer, as inconsistent with
Croatia's and President Mesic's professed desire to become a
member of the NATO alliance.



2. (C) The Ambassador went on to note that President Mesic's
words and actions in Havana were likely to attract further
attention in Washington. The Ambassador urged that the
President's remarks at the Summit reiterate Croatia's
orientation towards NATO and EU membership, as the President
had said they would, and that they contain a strong message
on democracy. The Ambassador also repeated his warning about
meetings with Fidel or Raoul Castro, as well as any
interaction with Venezuelan President Chavez, which Chavez
might try to use as a sign of support for Venezuelan
candidacy for the Security Council. Similarly, a meeting
with Iranian President Ahmedinajad would also be very
difficult to understand.



3. (C) In response, Loncar said that the draft of President
Mesic speech contained language emphasizing Croatia's
aspirations for transatlantic integration and stressing the
importance of democracy. He reiterated that Mesic had no
intention of having bilateral meetings with the Cuban
leadership or with Chavez, but he could not exclude a brief
handshake or incidental meeting. Regarding the Iranian
President, Loncar said that the outgoing Iranian Ambassador
had conveyed a request for a meeting with Mesic, which,
Loncar acknowledged, was being given serious consideration.
The Ambassador recalled that President Mesic had personally
mentioned to him the importance Croatia attached to the
United Nations. For the President to meet with the Iranian
President, who was defying the UN Security Council, was
hardly consistent with a policy of support for the UN, and
would be used by the Iranians to deflect pressure to comply
with UNSCR 1701.
BRADTKE