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SUBJECT: Greek Views on May GAERC
REF: JEFFREY GIAUQUE EMAIL 5/9/2009
CLASSIFIED BY: Alan Purcell, Political Officer; REASON: 1.4(B), (D)
1. (C) On May 14, PolOff delivered ref points on U.S. positions on
the May 18-19 GAERC to MFA European Correspondent Niki Kamba.
Kamba said the agenda for the GAERC would include: the May 21-22
EU-Russia summit, Moldova, Iran, Georgia, the Atalanta anti-piracy
mission, Sri Lanka, and Operation Althea in Bosnia. Kamba noted
that Israeli-Palestinian issues would not be on the GAERC agenda
but would be discussed at the EU Political Directors' lunch. EU
Defense Ministers and Development Ministers would also meet during
the May GAERC.
2. (C) The following comments from Kamba are grouped by agenda /
EU-RUSSIA SUMMIT: Kamba said that the GAERC would discuss agenda
items for the EU-Russia summit in Khabarovsk and stated that
Afghanistan and Georgia would be on the summit agenda. She
characterized the EU view of Russia as a "strategic partner,"
noting that a recent "thaw" in U.S.-Russia relations would
contribute to a more positive, open atmosphere in Khabarovsk.
Kamba also said that the GAERC would discuss the "technical
details" of the upcoming second round of negotiations on a new
EU-Russia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA). Economic
issues for the Khabarovsk summit were still to be determined.
MOLDOVA: Kamba stated that Greece was concerned about the
post-election environment in Moldova both bilaterally and within
the EU framework. She said EU High Representative Javier Solana's
April visit to Chisinau was a positive step that showed EU
engagement on Moldova. Greece fully supports and hopes for the
resumption of 5 plus 2 talks, hopefully by this autumn, but Kamba
said that even further 3 plus 2 talks would be positive. The EU's
primary vehicle of engagement with Moldova continues to be the
Eastern Partnership, but Kamba admitted that each EU country would
likely continue to view Moldova through the lens of bilateral
political and economic interests.
IRAN: Poloff expressed appreciation for Greece's advocacy efforts
on behalf of recently released American journalist Roxana Saberi,
as well as for Esha Momeni and Robert Levinson. Kamba promised to
relay any new information on Momeni or Levinson. Kamba said Greece
viewed U.S. involvement in the E3 plus 3 talks as "positive" and
confirmed that Greece supported the "dual track" approach affirmed
at the April GAERC. On tightening sanctions, Kamba expressed doubt
on their effectiveness, opining that increased sanctions might
"strengthen the radical elements" in the upcoming Iranian
elections. Kamba admitted that EU member states were divided on
how tough to act on Iran, but said further designations of
individuals and entities were "unlikely."
GEORGIA: Kamba said that the Greek OSCE Chairmanship's decision to
suspend consultations on an OSCE presence in Georgia did not
necessarily mean that the issue would immediately be elevated
politically or brought to formal negotiations. Poloff pointed out
that Russia was clearly isolated on this issue, but Kamba said that
it was important for Greece to continue to take all points of view
into account. Kamba affirmed that Greece strongly supports
Georgia's territorial integrity.
ATALANTA / ANTI-PIRACY: Kamba said that the GAERC would review a
report on the first six months of the operation. Kamba said that
Atalanta was very successful and that Greece would support an
effort to extend the mission.
SRI LANKA: The British had pushed strongly for Sri Lanka's
inclusion as a GAERC agenda item, according to Kamba, but
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discussion would likely be brief and a statement would be focused
mainly on humanitarian concerns. Kamba noted that the EU statement
would parallel President Obama's recent remarks of concern on Sri
BOSNIA: Kamba stated that EUFOR ALTHEA would be a "technical
discussion" between Defense Ministers during the GAERC but expected
that no major decisions on EUFOR ALTHEA's future would be made
until the Peace Implementation Council's final decision on the
Office of the High Representative. Spain strongly desired to draw
down its troop presence, according to Kamba, while Greece, having a
relatively small presence on the ground, was not expecting to cut
the size of its force by much.
ISRAEL-PALESTINE PEACE: Kamba said that this had been dropped from
the GAERC agenda, but that EU states' Political Directors would
discuss the issue informally during a lunch.
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