US embassy cable - 02ROME4963

CROATIA/ICTY: GOI SUPPORTS STRONG PRIVATE, NUANCED PUBLIC, POSITION ON BOBETKO INDICTMENT

Identifier: 02ROME4963
Wikileaks: View 02ROME4963 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2002-10-11 07:51:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: KAWC KJUS PREL PGOV HR IT UN EUN
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C O N F I D E N T I A L ROME 004963 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/10/2012 
TAGS: KAWC, KJUS, PREL, PGOV, HR, IT, UN, EUN 
SUBJECT: CROATIA/ICTY: GOI SUPPORTS STRONG PRIVATE, NUANCED 
PUBLIC, POSITION ON BOBETKO INDICTMENT 
 
REF: STATE 188407 
 
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CLASSIFIED BY: POL MC TOM COUNTRYMAN.  REASON:1.5 (B)(D) 
 
 1.  (C)  DRAWING ON POINTS REFTEL, POL MC ON OCTOBER 4 
UNDERLINED TO DIRECTOR OF MFA BALKANS OFFICE MAURIZIO MASSARI 
USG'S VIEW THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF CROATIA SHOULD COMPLY 
IMMEDIATELY AND IN FULL WITH THE INDICTMENT BY THE ICTY OF 
GENERAL BOBETKO.  HE UNDERSCORED THE SERIOUS RAMIFICATIONS OF 
NON-COMPLIANCE, INCLUDING THE PRECEDENT THIS ACTION COULD SET 
FOR RESPONSES TO FUTURE INDICTMENTS AND IC SUPPORT FOR 
CROATIA'S EU AND NATO ASPIRATIONS. 
 
2.  (C)  MASSARI SAID THE GOI HAD THE SAME VIEW AS THE USG ON 
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE GOC'S COMPLETE COOPERATION WITH THE 
ICTY ON THIS AND ALL INDICTMENTS.  HE HAD INSTRUCTED THE 
ITALIAN EMBASSY IN ZAGREB ON OCTOBER 3 TO DELIVER A STRONG 
MESSAGE TO THE GOC, URGING THAT IT SURRENDER BOBETKO 
IMMEDIATELY.  ON SEPTEMBER 30, CROATIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER 
ZLATKO TOMCIC HAD MET IN ROME WITH PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMBER 
OF DEPUTIES PIER FERDINANDO CASINI.  MASSARI SAID THAT WHEN 
CASINI MADE SIMILAR TOUGH POINTS, TOMCIC RESPONDED THAT THE 
GOC WOULD NEED "SEVERAL WEEKS" JUST TO EXAMINE THE ICTY 
INDICTMENT, FOLLOWED BY AN INDETERMINATE PERIOD TO RESPOND. 
 
3.  (C)  MASSARI SAID THAT WHILE THE GOI FAVORS A TOUGH LINE 
WITH THE GOI, IT THOUGHT THAT A MORE "NUANCED" APPROACH WAS 
NEEDED FOR PUBLIC DISCOURSE ON THE CASE.  USE OF PHRASES SUCH 
AS "UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER" WERE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE, AND 
COULD CAUSE A BACKLASH WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC, POSSIBLY 
RALLYING SUPPORT FOR HARDLINE HDZ VIEWS.  THE PUBLIC LINE 
SHOULD FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF COOPERATION, SUCH AS 
THE BENEFITS TO THE GENERAL POPULATION OF CLOSER TIES TO THE 
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EU.   MASSARI SAID THAT THE IC MUST CALIBRATE CAREFULLY ITS 
PUBLIC AND PRIVATE APPROACHES.  HE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT JOINT 
U.S./EU APPROACHES TO THE GOC, POSSIBLY AN EU TROIKA/USG 
DEMARCHE, COULD BE AN EFFECTIVE METHOD OF SWAYING GOC VIEWS. 
SEMBLER 
 
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 2002ROME04963 - Classification: CONFIDENTIAL 


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