07MOSCOW3024, OSCE SYG DE BRICHAMBAUT’S VISIT: “REFORM”

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07MOSCOW3024 2007-06-21 13:28 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO1911
PP RUEHDBU RUEHFL RUEHLA RUEHMRE RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHMO #3024 1721328
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 211328Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1487
INFO RUCNOSC/OSCE POST COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 003024 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/21/2017 
TAGS: PREL PGOV KDEM OSCE RS
SUBJECT: OSCE SYG DE BRICHAMBAUT'S VISIT:  "REFORM" 
DOMINATES TALKS 
 
REF: A. MOSCOW 3012 
     B. MOSCOW 2419 
 
Classified By: Political M/C Alice G. Wells.  Reasons:  1.4(B/D). 
 
1.  (C)  We met with MFA OSCE Section Chief Valeriy Maslin to 
review OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut's 
June 14-15 visit.  De Brichambaut was in Moscow on a working 
visit and met with FM Lavrov, as well as with the Russian 
Security Council, Defense Ministry and the Central Election 
Commission.  Maslin characterized the meetings as routine, 
noting that de Brichambaut made an effort to visit Russia 
annually.  He said the meetings gave the GOR a chance to 
reiterate the importance of its OSCE "reform" proposals. 
 
2.  (C)  Maslin said that FM Lavrov pushed the idea of an 
OSCE Charter with de Brichambaut, arguing that the Russian 
draft now circulating at OSCE would give the organization the 
ability to work more effectively on the basis of "agreed 
norms" that "codified" an existing patchwork of treaty 
obligations and OSCE decisions.  Maslin tied the adoption of 
a Charter to ongoing negotiations over the OSCE's legal 
personality and privileges and immunities.  He said the GOR 
believes that there is a logical connection between an 
organizational charter which describes the functions of the 
OSCE and a convention that provided a legal basis for the 
organization.  When pressed, Maslin said that the GOR "was 
not in a hurry" to see the adoption of a Charter, 
acknowledging that it had not yet gained traction with many 
other OSCE delegations. 
 
3.  (C)  Maslin said that Lavrov also highlighted the "food 
for thought" paper the GOR had circulated suggesting changes 
to ODIHR election monitoring.  The GOR complained as well 
about a lack of balance among the activities in each OSCE 
dimension; the meeting with an MOD representative had been 
designed to underline the importance of the security 
dimension.  Maslin flagged the U.S.-Russian initiative to 
hold the May 31-June 1 Conference for Public-Private 
Partnerships in Combating Counterterrorism and GOR support 
for a counter-narcotics conference to be held at the end of 
June in Vienna as evidence of Russia's efforts to "rebalance" 
OSCE programs. 
 
4.  (C)  De Brichambaut also met with recently appointed 
Central Election Commission (CEC) Chairman Vladimir Churov. 
Maslin, who attended the meeting, said that Churov stressed 
that Russia would abide by its international obligations on 
election monitoring.  Preliminary discussions had begun with 
ODIHR about monitoring, but it was still too early to reach 
any final conclusions.  Maslin thought that by the end of 
September, there would be a clearer understanding of ODIHR's 
role in the Russian Duma elections this coming December and 
next March's presidential elections. 
BURNS

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