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E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/01/2018 TAGS: PGOV, PREL, MARR, MK, SR, IT SUBJECT: ITALY WANTS BOTH SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO IN SEDM
REF: STATE 114399
Classified By: Liam Wasley, Acting Political Minister Counselor, for re asons 1.4 (b) and (d).
(C) Poloff delivered reftel points to MFA Balkans Office Director Raimondo De Cardona on October 28. De Cardona declined to state whether Italy would oppose Montenegro's inclusion in SEDM if Serbia was not invited to participate, but instead made a plea for the inclusion of all qualified countries, including Serbia. De Cardona stated the Italy believed that the Tadic government had made significant steps toward moderating the previous government's unhelpful positions in many areas and continued engagement between Serbia and the transatlantic community should be encouraged. De Cardona outlined many of the steps: the arrest of Karadzic, additional cooperation with the ICTY, increased flexibility on EULEX/UNMIK transition, and a softening of rhetoric against Kosovo. While Serbia still had a long way to go toward reversing its isolation, this government had at least shown that it was concretely moving in the right direction. Since Kosovo had not applied to be a participant in SEDM, it made no sense to keep Serbia out over their opposition to Kosovo's inclusion in other fora. SPOGLI