US embassy cable - 06TIRANA365

ALBANIA: PROTESTING THE IRANIAN REGIME'S TREATMENT OF RELIGIOUS MINORITIES, PARTICULARLY THE BAHA'I

Identifier: 06TIRANA365
Wikileaks: View 06TIRANA365 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Tirana
Created: 2006-04-10 13:02:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREL PGOV PINR AL
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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P 101302Z APR 06
FM AMEMBASSY TIRANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4101
INFO RUEHTH/AMEMBASSY ATHENS 2876
RUEHBW/AMEMBASSY BELGRADE 2686
RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 0662
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME 5227
RUEHVJ/AMEMBASSY SARAJEVO 0405
RUEHSQ/AMEMBASSY SKOPJE 4077
RUEHVB/AMEMBASSY ZAGREB 2909
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RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC
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RUEHVEN/USMISSION USOSCE 2128
RUEHPS/USOFFICE PRISTINA 3378
UNCLAS TIRANA 000365 
 
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STATE FOR EUR/SCE (MBENEDICT/DSAINZ) 
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E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, PINR, AL 
SUBJECT: ALBANIA:  PROTESTING THE IRANIAN REGIME'S 
TREATMENT OF RELIGIOUS MINORITIES, PARTICULARLY THE BAHA'I 
 
REF: A. STATE 54484 
 
     B. TIRANA 40 
 
1.  (U) Pol/Econ Chief raised reftel demarche with Mimoza 
Kondo, Office Director for the Americas desk at the MFA. 
Kondo was not aware of the issue, and thanked us for the 
information.  She noted the sensitive nature of religious 
issues in Albania, but agreed that religious tolerance was 
something governments should support.  Kondo agreed this is 
certainly something MFA officials could raise with Iranians 
provided the issue came up.  She would undertake to see if 
this was also something the GOA could more publicly. 
 
2. (SBU) Comment:  The mufti in the northern city of Shkodra 
(a Catholic stronghold) has raised concerns about the 
placement of a statue of Mother Teresa in a public square 
(Ref B).  While tensions are not particularly high, and the 
mufti appears to be walking back some of his more strident 
comments, we expect that the GOA will want to steer clear of 
commenting publicly on any religious issue for now.  End 
Comment. 
RIES 

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