Viewing cable 08PRAGUE416
Title: CZECH SUPPORT FOR KOSOVO

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08PRAGUE4162008-07-01 14:54:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Prague
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SUBJECT: CZECH SUPPORT FOR KOSOVO 
 
REF: A. STATE 69691 
     ¶B. PRAGUE 312 
 
¶1. (SBU) Czech MFA desk officer for Kosovo, Josef Zrzavecky, 
who just returned from the International Steering Group 
meeting in Kosovo, informed Emboff that the GOCR plans to 
actively engage at the July 11 European Commission-sponsored 
donors conference in Brussels on July 11.  The Czechs plan to 
pledge just slightly under 1M euros (1.5M USD) for this year. 
 They also plan to continue this assistance at a similar 
level next year.  These funds likely will be distributed 
through three channels - the World Bank trust fund, the NATO 
security trust and through specific technical projects.  In 
the last category, Zrzavecky cited equipment for the police 
force as one example of possible Czech technical assistance. 
 
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World Bank and IMF Membership for Kosovo 
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¶2. (SBU) On the subject of engagement in advance of the World 
Bank's July 3 Board Meeting in support of Kosovo's likely 
application for membership in international financial 
institutions (IFIs), Zrzavecky noted that their role is 
relatively modest within these fora.  Nonetheless, the Czechs 
have every intention of providing assistance to Kosovo 
through the World Bank, as stated above, once the trust fund 
is established and procedures are in place regarding the 
management of the fund for Kosovo (and disbursement of funds 
for specific projects).   According to Zrzavecky, the lack of 
established management procedures has been of concern to a 
number of European member states, given that the Kosovo 
pledging conference is less than two weeks away. 
 
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Recognition of Kosovo 
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¶3. (U) While Ref. A provides numerous points regarding the 
importance of recognition of Kosovo, the GOCR has already 
taken this step, as detailed in Ref. B. 
Graber