Viewing cable 08BUDAPEST784
Title: DEMARCHE DELIVERED: URGING THE EU TO MAINTAIN

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08BUDAPEST7842008-08-05 13:17:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET Embassy Budapest
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DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/CE-JAMIE LAMORE 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/05/2018 
TAGS: KAWC PREL ETTC ICTY BK EU HU
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE DELIVERED: URGING THE EU TO MAINTAIN 
TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON THE KARADZIC FAMILY 
 
REF: SECSTATE 82494 
 
Classified By: PolOff Ryan C. Leong, reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1. (S) Ref talking points were delivered on August 4 to GoH 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials Zsolt Pataki, Head of 
the EU Foreign and Security Policy Department, and Dr. Attila 
Pinter, Coordinator for the Western Balkans and outbound 
Deputy Chief of Mission to Macedonia.  Pataki stated that 
Hungary had no official opinion on this matter but privately 
he expected that no action would be taken at least through 
August, given the vacation plans of European officialdom. 
Furthermore, he had no inclination to recommend that Hungary 
lift the current ban on Karadzic family travel.  He realized, 
however that this decision would likely be made at a higher 
level among EU ministers or even heads of government.  Pataki 
felt that no action was needed at this time given that 
Karadzic family members may face legal action themselves in 
the near future. 
 
¶2.  (S) Pinter noted that France raised the issue of lifting 
the travel at the last COWEB meeting held on July 24 as part 
of a routine procedural review whenever a wanted suspect is 
apprehended on Interpol, Europol, ICTY or similar warrants. 
A decision was not reached by the end of the meeting but it 
was clear to Pinter that France strongly desired movement on 
the topic, in the direction of lifting the travel 
restrictions.  In addition, Pinter received a call on July 25 
from a GoH MFA official detailed to the Office of the High 
Representative (OHR) who stated that High Rep Miroslav Lajcak 
was under "enormous pressure" to return the Karadzic family's 
passports and support lifting the travel restriction.  Pinter 
said that Lajcak had denied the family's request to visit 
Karadzic while he was detained in Belgrade. 
Levine