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09LJUBLJANA212 2009-07-24 12:23:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Ljubljana
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SLOVENIA PLANS INCREASE IN CIVILIAN ASSISTANCE TO

Tags:   NATO PREL MOPS MARR KPAO AF PK SI 
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S/SRAP FOR KAREN HANRAHAN, SCA/A FOR ARIELLA VIEHE, EUR/RPM
FOR AARON COPE, EUR/CE

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/23/2019
TAGS: NATO PREL MOPS MARR KPAO AF PK SI
SUBJECT: SLOVENIA PLANS INCREASE IN CIVILIAN ASSISTANCE TO
AF/PAK, TROOP LEVELS TO RETURN TO PRE-ELECTION LEVEL

REF: A. SECSTATE 74362

B. LJUBLJANA 209

C. LJUBLJANA 142

Classified By: CDA Brad Freden, reasons 1.4(b,d)



1. (C) Emboffs delivered demarche on assisting Afghanistan
beyond the August elections (ref A) and encouraged Slovene
officials to commit additional military and civilian
resources to Afghanistan. Jure Rifelj, the MFA's coordinator
for Afghanistan and currently working in the Defense
Ministry's policy planning directorate, told emboff on July
22 that the 15 additional soldiers sent for election security
would return to Slovenia after the election period. CDA
subsequently asked FM Zbogar to reconsider. Zbogar suggested
it would be an MOD decision. Zbogar also told CDA on July 22
that the MFA supports the Ministry of Defense's proposal for
Slovenia to lead an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team
(OMLT) in September 2010 and lift the operational caveats,
subject to government approval (ref B, C).



2. (C) Igor Jukic, head of the MFA's Security Policy
Division, noted to emboffs on July 21 that Slovenia, in spite
of recent defense budget cuts, would maintain its current
baseline level (around 65-70 soldiers) in Afghanistan through
at least the end of 2010. Jukic highlighted the importance
of Slovenia's participation in NATO, EU, and UN missions
abroad and said any budget constraints would affect domestic
military expenses first and overseas operations would not be
reduced. MOD officials confirmed to ODC Chief on July 23
that deployments would remain a budget priority, ahead of
external training and equipment procurement.



2. (C) Rifelj and MOD State Secretary Uros Krek plan to
travel to Afghanistan on July 28 to analyze possibilities for
greater civilian and development assistance in and around
Herat. Rifelj told us on July 22 that there is momentum
building within the MFA and MOD for expanding such assistance
to broaden Slovenia's engagement beyond contributions of
troops to ISAF and equipment to the Afghan National Army. FM
Zbogar confirmed this to CDA later on July 22, noting that
Rifelj would travel often to Herat, where Slovenian civilian
and military efforts are focused. Alenka Suhadolnik, head of
MFA's international development division, told CDA on July 22
that a draft MFA proposal would allocate about 470,000 euros
for the development of long-term projects in Afghanistan
focusing on mobile veterinary stations for nomadic herdsmen,
village cooperatives with an emphasis on women's involvement,
and water management. She also noted that her division was
preparing a proposal to provide assistance to refugees in
Pakistan's Swat Valley.



3. (C) FM Zbogar informed CDA that he had spoken with Defense
Minister Jelusic about a public information campaign on
Afghanistan. CDA reviewed various ways the U.S. had assisted
other countries with such campaigns, and Zbogar welcomed the
possibility of U.S. public diplomacy cooperation and
assistance to build public support for Slovenia's commitment
of additional civilian and military resources in Afghanistan.
FREDEN