Viewing cable 07RIGA877
Title: LATVIA ON MADRID: NERVOUS ON CFE

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07RIGA8772007-11-27 16:14:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Riga
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/27/2017 
TAGS: PREL KCFE OSCE LG
SUBJECT: LATVIA ON MADRID: NERVOUS ON CFE 
 
REF: A) STATE 157672 B) STATE 158847 C) STATE 159773 
 
Classified By: Charge d'affaires a.i., Stuart M. Seldowitz.  Reason: 1. 
4 (D) 
 
¶1. (C) Summary: Latvia is wary of the Spanish/German effort 
on CFE in Madrid and greatly appreciates the US support for 
core principals in this area.  Latvia will make a strong 
statement of support for ODIHR and election observation. 
They support the closure of the OSCE mission in Croatia and 
support Kazakhstan for CiO, but are flexible on the timing. 
End summary. 
 
¶2. (C) Pol/Econ Chief met November 27 with Latvian Political 
Director Ilgvars Klava to discuss the upcoming OSCE 
ministerial in Madrid.  FM Riekstins will lead the delegation 
and Klava will attend.  For over a week, Klava has called us 
about the German/Spanish proposal for a meeting on CFE on the 
margins of the ministerial.  The Latvians fear it will be a 
repeat of the German seminar in October, which left the 
Latvians very uneasy about willingness of other allies to 
hear Latvian security concerns. 
 
¶3. (C) Pol/Econ Chief reviewed our latest points on CFE (ref 
C) and drew on ref B to provide an overview of our views on 
the conference, highlighting our insistence on a meeting of 
NATO members prior to the meeting at 30 or 34.  Klava said he 
greatly appreciated the US standing firm on our key points 
and referred to A/S Fried's commitment while in Riga last 
month "nothing about you without you."  Unfortunately, the 
Latvians only learned November 26 about the timing of the CFE 
meeting in Madrid November 28 and the preceding NATO 
discussion, and no one from Riga can make it there in time. 
Latvia's OSCE Ambassador will represent them in those 
meetings.  Klava added that Turkey wanted a "like minded" 
group meeting in advance of the NATO meeting and Latvia would 
likely attend that as well.  Klava also appreciated our 
strong message that any statement, if one is issued at all, 
include reference to the Istanbul Commitments as well as to 
the threatened Russian suspension. 
 
¶4. (C) On other issues on the OSCE agenda (ref A), Klava said 
the intervention for Riekstins included a strong defense of 
ODIHR and a call to all member states that ODIHR election 
monitors be able to operate without restriction.  Latvia 
supports closure of the OSCE mission in Croatia, he added. 
Finally, Klava said that Latvia supported Kazakhstan's bid 
for the chairmanship.  "If Russia can lead the Council of 
Europe, why not Kazakhstan for OSCE?" he asked rhetorically. 
Latvia is flexible on timing of the Kazakh time as CiO, 
though.  Klava asked about reports he heard from some 
Europeans that the US had agreed to accept Kazakhstan as CiO 
for 2010.  Pol/econ chief responded that, as he understood 
it, Washington had not yet taken a final position on these 
issues. 
SELDOWITZ