US embassy cable - 06TIRANA602

ALBANIA WILL FOLLOW UN/EU POSITIONS IN OIC

Identifier: 06TIRANA602
Wikileaks: View 06TIRANA602 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Tirana
Created: 2006-06-07 02:53:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL OIC AL
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/05/2016 
TAGS: PREL, OIC, AL 
SUBJECT: ALBANIA WILL FOLLOW UN/EU POSITIONS IN OIC 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Marcie B. Ries for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1.  (C)  During a May 31 meeting, chief of the UN section at 
the MFA Repishti stressed that Albania was formally alerting 
the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) that it would 
follow UN and/or EU official positions on most issues 
considered by the OIC. 
 
2.  (SBU)  Albania joined the OIC in 1992.  After the 1997 
crisis, the Socialist Government quietly diminished Albania's 
involvement in the OIC, sending only Ministers or Deputy 
Ministers to the OIC's heads of state meetings or just their 
local ambassador to OIC ministerials.  Albania's parliament 
has never actually ratified its membership in the OIC. 
 
3. (C) Albania's membership in the OIC has occasionally been 
raised by the Opposition, which tries to paint PM Berisha as 
more pro-Arab than pro-Western.  In this context, FM Mustafaj 
asked Ambassador last fall for her views on Albania remaining 
in the OIC.  Ambassador replied that while membership in an 
international organization was certainly a national decision, 
the U.S. saw merit in the OIC having moderate, responsible 
members. 
 
4.  (C) COMMENT:  It appears that the GoA wants to officially 
distance itself -- in advance -- from radical proposals or 
resolutions, a position underscored by Repishti's additional 
comment that the GoA would probably only substantively 
participate in OIC discussions concerning Cyprus and perhaps 
"the Middle East."  Their decision would also seem to 
indicate that Albania plans to stay in the OIC.  We have 
heard from USUN that in the past, Albania's Ambassador 
provided useful information about OIC activities.  We would 
hope that this kind of cooperation would continue. 
RIES 

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