OO RUEHAG RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHKUK RUEHROV
DE RUEHTH #1866 2601116
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 171116Z SEP 07 ZDK DUE TO NUMEROUS SVCS
FM AMEMBASSY ATHENS
INFEHAAA/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY C O N F I D E N T I A L ATHENS 001866
DEPT ALSO FOR NEA/ELA - MATTHEW IRWIN
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/16/2017
SUBJECT: GREECE POSITIVE ON EU MISSION FOR LEBANON
REF: STATE 128335
Classified By: Political Counselor Robin Quinville for 1.4 (b,d)
1. (C) We delivered reftel points to the Greek MFA's Penny
Douti, Deputy Director of the MFA Directorate for Common
Foreign and Security Policy. After reviewing the points,
Douti termed them "right," and "fully consistent" with the
Greek position on this issue.
2. (C) Douti cautioned that the PSC only began consideration
of the Spanish proposal on Friday, September 14. She further
cautioned that the process of getting to an actual EU Border
Mission is likely to be lengthy. She predicted that the PSC
would likely take a decision by the end of this week to send
a fact-finding mission to the region to look into the
possibility of the establishment of an EU mission. Follow-on
activity would depend on the mission's findings.
3. (C) Douti concluded by expressing interest in any
possible U.S. financial and technical assistance to an
eventual EU mission in the region. She also reiterated that
Greece supports entirely the view that any such mission
should be "Lebanon and not Syria-focused."
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