US embassy cable - 00THEHAGUE1738

DUTCH READY FOR POST-ELECTION SUPPORT TO DJUKANOVIC

Identifier: 00THEHAGUE1738
Wikileaks: View 00THEHAGUE1738 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy The Hague
Created: 2000-06-09 16:33:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL KDEM PHUM MW NL
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C O N F I D E N T I A L THE HAGUE 001738 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
DEPT FOR D, P, S/SA, EUR, EUR/SCE, EUR/UBI 
ROME FOR AMB SKLAR 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/08/2010 
TAGS: PREL, KDEM, PHUM, MW, NL 
SUBJECT: DUTCH READY FOR POST-ELECTION SUPPORT TO 
DJUKANOVIC 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 109696 
     B. SECSTATE 107487 EXDIS (NOTAL) 
 
 
 CLASSIFIED BY A/POLCOUNS S. REID; REASONS 1.5 (B,D). 
 
 
1.(C)  A/POLCOUNS DELIVERED REF.A DEMARCHE TO ACTING EUR 
A/S-EQUIVALENT MARTIN LAK AND MFA MONTENEGRO DESK OFFICER 
NORBERT BOTH ON 6/9.  LAK RECALLED FM VAN AARTSEN'S 
EXPRESSIONS OF CONCERN OVER MONTENEGRO TO SECRETARY ALBRIGHT 
AT THE FLORENCE NAC (REF. B). HE ALSO SAID THAT THE DUTCH 
CHARGE IN BELGRADE'S REPORTING OF EVENTS IN MONTENEGRO 
TRACKED WITH REF. A ASSESSMENT.  CONFIRMING THAT THE 
NETHERLANDS MFA SHARES U.S. CONCERNS ABOUT RISING TENSIONS IN 
THE RUN-UP TO THE 6/11 BALLOTING, LAK AGREED THAT PROMPT 
PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR DJUKANOVIC FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF 
THE ELECTION OUTCOME WAS A PRUDENT STEP GIVEN POSSIBLE 
MILOSEVIC PROVOCATIONS.  HE ADDED THAT, WHILE SUPPORTIVE 
REMARKS WOULD BE PREPARED FOR POSSIBLE USE WITH THE PRESS BY 
FM VAN AARTSEN ON 6/12, THE DUTCH WOULD ALSO PUSH FOR AN 
EARLY EU PRESIDENCY STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR DJUKANOVIC. 
FINALLY, HE PREDICTED A PROMINENT PLACE FOR "ANTICIPATED 
POSITIVE NEWS ON THE ELECTIONS" IN A 6/13 EU GAC STATEMENT. 
 
 
2. (C)  LAK NOTED THE DUTCH WERE PLEASED WITH THE SIZEABLE 
ODIHR ELECTION MONITORING DEPLOYMENT IN MONTENEGRO. HE ADDED 
THAT THE DUTCH ALSO WERE BUOYED THAT, SO FAR, BELGRADE'S 
ALLIES HAD NOT CALLED FOR A BOYCOTT OF THE VOTE.  "IT WOULD 
BE VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE CAUSE OF FRY DEMOCRACY FOR BELGRADE 
AND ITS ALLIES TO LOSE A FAIR VOTE," LAK SUMMARIZED, "IT 
MIGHT JUST SPUR THE SERB OPPOSITION FORWARD SOME MORE. 
DJUKANOVIC'S EXAMPLE IS VERY IMPORTANT AS A PICTURE OF WHAT 
THE FRY COULD BE IF IT WANTED TO BE SO." 
FENDRICK 

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