US embassy cable - 06TIRANA585

ALBANIA FULLY SUPPORTS U.S. OFFER TO DIPLOMATICALLY ENGAGE IRAN

Identifier: 06TIRANA585
Wikileaks: View 06TIRANA585 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Tirana
Created: 2006-06-02 12:36:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PGOV AL
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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DEPT FOR NEA/IR; EUR/SCE (BENEDICT, SAINZ) 
NSC FOR BRAUN 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/01/2016 
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, AL 
SUBJECT: ALBANIA FULLY SUPPORTS U.S. OFFER TO 
DIPLOMATICALLY ENGAGE IRAN 
 
REF: STATE 87682 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Marcie B. Ries for 
reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1.  (SBU)  Ambassador delivered reftel points to PM Berisha 
on June 1.  Berisha immediately agreed to issue a statement 
in support of the USG's offer to Iran.  The GoA issued the 
following statement on June 2: 
 
(Begin text) 
-- The Government of the Republic of Albania follows with 
special attention the dangerous crisis created by Iran's 
insistence to develop nuclear weapons in contravention of 
international laws. 
-- The Iranian Government's opposition, to date, to respect 
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and commitments made 
during negotiations with the EU, are testimony to too 
dangerous a path that Iranian authorities have engaged their 
country in. 
-- The GOA joins the assessment of the U.S. Government and of 
EU countries and considers the nuclear weapons development 
programs (undertaken) by Iran a real and great danger to 
peace and stability in the Middle East region and the entire 
world. For the GOA, prevention of these programs, at any 
cost, is of defining significance for security and peace in 
the Middle East and the world. 
-- The GOA has supported international efforts so far in 
general and in particular those of the EU and the U.S. for a 
resolution of this problem through a diplomatic path and 
negotiations, just as it applauds and supports the recent USG 
decision to engage in direct negotiations with Iranian 
authorities. This decision of President Bush is clear 
testimony of the will of the American Government to resolve, 
through dialogue, this major problem of global security. The 
Albanian Government calls upon the Government of Iran to give 
up on practices and actions (used) so far and engage in 
serious negotiations, by first interrupting uranium 
enrichment as the most minimal condition to demonstrate its 
good will for abandoning nuclear weapons development programs 
and for making possible a peaceful diplomatic solution to the 
Iran nuclear issue. Only by acting in this manner can the 
Iranian Government prevent a series of very serious 
repercussions, responsibility for which will fall directly 
upon itself.  (End text) 
 
 
2.  (C)  Berisha's first comment after hearing the talking 
points was that "we will definitely support the USG's effort 
to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power."  Berisha 
opined that an Iran with nuclear weapons would be "a big 
danger to its neighbors and the rest of the world" and that 
"its ambitions were well known."  Berisha added that he 
welcomed the USG's decision to offer direct talks as it 
demonstrated the U.S.'s will to settle the matter through 
diplomacy.  Berisha also expressed skepticism over Iran's 
probable response to the offer but said the USG's move was 
nevertheless "an important right step." 
 
3.  (C)  Berisha further offered to instruct Albania's 
representatives to the UN and the IAEA to use their offices 
to encourage Iran to "make the right choice." 
 
 
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