07MOSCOW777, BOSNIA: RUSSIANS NOT KEEN ON EXTENDING OFFICE OF

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MOSCOW777 2007-02-22 16:00 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO4958
PP RUEHDBU RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHMO #0777 0531600
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 221600Z FEB 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7663
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHOT/AMEMBASSY OTTAWA PRIORITY 2045
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO PRIORITY 4091
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0308

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 000777 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/22/2017 
TAGS: PREL PGOV BK RS
SUBJECT: BOSNIA: RUSSIANS NOT KEEN ON EXTENDING OFFICE OF 
HIGH COMMISSIONER 
 
REF: STATE 20031 
 
Classified By: D/Pol Colin Cleary.  Reasons: 1.4(B/D). 
 
1. (C)  Vadim Gorelov, Chief of the MFA's Bosnia and 
Herzegovina Affairs Section, told us February 21 that the GOR 
would not be able agree to extend the mandate of the Office 
of the High Commissioner (OHC) at the February 26-27 Peace 
Implementations Council's Steering Committee meeting. 
Gorelov said the GOR would be willing to consider extending 
the mandate of the Office of the High Commissioner (OHC) 
until November 21, 2007, when the Security Council considers 
renewal of UNSCR 1722, but would not be willing to extend the 
OHC until the end of 2007 or until June 2008 unless a 
"compelling argument" to do so could be made at the PIC 
meeting. 
 
2. (C)  Gorelov said the GOR viewed the process of reform in 
BiH as well underway and challenged the U.S. assessment of 
the situation.  He said Russia would be willing to listen to 
"clear and concrete" arguments for extending the OHC during 
the February 26-27 meeting, but noted that the Russian 
delegation would not be able to respond on the issue at the 
meeting; the GOR would need more time ("days or weeks") to 
consider a response. 
 
3. (C)  Gorelov said the GOR was not alarmed by the sharpened 
rhetoric coming from the three main ethnic groups in BiH; 
such exchanges would continue to be a factor in BiH politics 
and were an improvement over the armed conflict in the 
nineties.  He rejected the argument that the need for police 
reform was a reason to extend the OHC, as this was being 
conducted under the purview of the European Union, not the 
OHC.  He added that Kosovo final status should not influence 
the situation in BiH.  In his view, a fair, negotiated 
settlement on Kosovo -- one that Belgrade could accept -- 
would not upset the political equilibrium in BiH. 
BURNS

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