US embassy cable - 06TIRANA486

SAM SEEKS MILITARY COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH ALBANIA

Identifier: 06TIRANA486
Wikileaks: View 06TIRANA486 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Tirana
Created: 2006-05-11 06:25:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PGOV PINR MOPS AL
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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C O N F I D E N T I A L TIRANA 000486 
 
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SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/SCE (MBENEDICT/DSAINZ) 
NSC FOR BRAUN 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/07/2016 
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, PINR, MOPS, AL 
SUBJECT: SAM SEEKS MILITARY COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH 
ALBANIA 
 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR MARCIE RIES.  REASONS:  1.4 (B) AND (D). 
 
1. (U)  This is an action request.  Please see para. 5. 
 
2. (C)  Mimoza Kondo, MFA Office Director for the Europe, 
America, and Russia, told Pol/Econ Chief that Albania has 
been approached by Serbia-Montenegro regarding the 
possibility of formally establishing military cooperation. 
She also provided a copy of the agreement (faxed to EUR/SCE), 
and asked for the USG's view.  According to the draft text, 
"the purpose of the agreement is to establish and to promote 
military cooperation between the Parties as well as to define 
principles based on which the cooperation shall be performed. 
 The Parties shall apply this Agreement observing the 
principles of equality, reciprocity, and common interests, 
and in compliance with international law and their respective 
national legislation." 
 
AREAS OF COOPERATION 
 
3. (C) Among the areas of cooperation listed are: 
 
Defense and security policy; 
Organization and functioning of armed forces; 
Peace-keeping Operations, humanitarian and other operations; 
Search and rescue operations; 
Arms control and disarmament; 
Planning and shaping of military budget; 
Military education, training and science; 
Military topography and cartography' 
Military history, publishing and museum activities; 
Military law and legal regulation of defense matters; 
Military medicine and dentistry; 
Public relations; 
Cultural and sports activities; 
Protection of the environment. 
 
The Agreement calls for exchanges, visits, and trainings, 
"and other forms of cooperation deemed necessary by the 
Parties.  There is a section on "Classified Information 
Protection", whereby "the Parties agree to use, keep and 
protect classified information and documents to which they 
might have access in performance of activities under this 
Agreement as stipulated by their national legislation, and 
thus to provide the same level of protection of classified 
data...Parties agree to protect classified information and to 
prevent their disclosure to a third party after the 
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SaM government.  T(E FhRpQ Q``bTr4 @f4ep the new Democratic 
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until after Kosovo is settled, as the Albanian's hve 
mentioned and Post agrees.  On the other hand, this could be 
an excellent opportunity to increase regional cooperation 
between the two countries, particularly as SaM draws closer 
 
to the European Union and possibly NATO.  Please advise.  End 
Comment. 
 
 
ZATE 

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