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07BRATISLAVA665 2007-12-14 15:53:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Bratislava
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SLOVAKIA: DCM REINFORCES KOSOVO, IRAN POINTS WITH

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/14/2017
TAGS: PARM PREL LO IR
SUBJECT: SLOVAKIA: DCM REINFORCES KOSOVO, IRAN POINTS WITH
DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER

REF: STATE 165486 STATE 165967

Classified By: Ambassador Vincent Obsitnik for Reasons 1.4 b and d



1. (C) Summary. DCM reinforced reftel points on Kosovo and
Iran in a December 11 meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister
Diana Strofova. On Iran, Strofova echoed the message we have
heard often from our MFA contacts: the international
community should maintain a strong and unified stance on Iran
non-compliance with its UN and IAEA obligations. She
stressed, however, the need to take into account the
unsettled atmosphere in Iran and to avoid sanctions that
would negatively impact the population. On Kosovo, Strofova
underscored the need for the U.S., Europe and Russia to
maintain close coordination and good communication on Kosovo.
She also highlighted the urgent need to provide concrete
assistance, not only symbolic gestures, to the Balkan states
to support their transition and further integration. End
Summary.



2. (C) DFM Strofova thanked the DCM for the frequent
consultations between the USG and GOS on Kosovo. Citing
protests in Kosovo and concerns that the situation on the
ground was growing more volatile, Strofova reiterated GOS
support for putting an ESDP mission in place as soon as
possible. Strofova mentioned concern among Europeans about
Russia's reaction to the Kosovo situation, but suggested that
Russia was becoming "sensitized" to the reality. She
believes that Russia is frustrated, however, because it
cannot affect the outcome and is concerned about Kosovo's
precedential effects. DCM assured Strofova that the U.S.
continues to engage constructively with Russia on Kosovo, but
pressed back on the issue of precedence. Noting that the
U.S., unlike Russia, supports the line that Kosovo is "sui
generis," the DCM argued that an active and constructive
approach on the part of the international community can help
ensure that Kosovo does not become a precedent. On the other
hand, while Russia complains about the Kosovo precedent, it
is encouraging certain steps in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.



3. (C) With respect to Iran, Strofova agreed that nothing in
the estimate would suggest the need for a new approach on the
part of the international community to Iran. Iran is, quite
simply, ignoring UN resolutions and its obligations under the
IAEA, Strofova said. Strofova concurred that the credibility
of the UNSC and IAEA needed to be protected by continued
pressure on Iran. She added, however, that we should also
look carefully at "possible instruments" to move the Iranians
toward a transparent, responsible approach. Strofova
observed that the internal situation in Iran is becoming more
tense, and the people were feeling the pressure from the
country's growing isolation. As we consider new measures, we
should try to understand the "mindset" of the region and
remain mindful of potential humanitarian impacts, Strofova
concluded. The DCM stressed that sanctions would continue to
be targeted and that the Iranian leaders -- not the
international community -- were responsible for the economic
difficulties the country faced, as well as the country's
isolation.
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