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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/11/2016 TAGS: PREL, PTER, USUN, LE, SY, EU, RO SUBJECT: ROMANIA: SYRIA DEMARCHE DELIVERED
REF: STATE 150032
Classified By: Political Chief Ted Tanoue. Reasons 1.4 (B) and (D).
1. (C) DepPolChief delivered reftel demarche and non-paper to MFA Director for Middle East and Africa Laura Mircea. Mircea noted that there was no solution to the Lebanese situation without Syria, and that within the EU process, Romania supported engaging Syria in discussions on the situation in Lebanon and the Middle East peace process. Mircea described Syria as an adaptable country that could make a real contribution, if given sufficient incentive. Damascus has its problems, namely a military that is overly influential in political life and fearful of losing control. Mircea said this is no different under any dictatorship. DepPolChief countered that Syria still needs to fulfill key international obligations. Mircea took the point but noted Damascus has taken some positive steps, such as withdrawing its troops from Lebanon.
2. (C) Comment: Romania has good relations with Syria, which predate current events. Though Romania may not agree on all of the points raised in the demarche, they will also make sure they are not out of step with the EU regarding Syria. End Comment. Taubman