05BUCHAREST1129 / 2005-05-13 14:16:00
Embassy Bucharest
                UNCLAS BUCHAREST 001129 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE DEPT FOR EUR/NCE - WILLIAM SILKWORTH 
STATE DEPT ALSO FOR INL/AAE, EUR/ACE 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, PARM, RO, SECI 
SUBJECT:  SECI CENTER OFFICIALS TRAVEL TO HQ OF ORGANIZATION 
FOR BLACK SEA ECONOMIC COOPERATION (BSEC) 
 
Summary 
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1.  On April 26-27 DoS Coordinator for SECI Center, RSO and 
SECI Public Affairs Officer traveled to BSEC Secretariat in 
Istanbul.  This responds to a recent invitation extended by 
the BSEC Secretary General and Executive Manager to discuss 
the possible cooperation.  During this meeting BSEC stated 
that the main challenge for them in the Black Sea region is 
organized crime.  BSEC sees SECI as a model in meeting this 
challenge and proposed the exploration in cooperation by the 
two organizations.  BSEC suggested entering into a MoU with 
SECI for further cooperation. SECI agrees to this in 
principal and Post hopes the Department can support the 
proposal.  End Summary. 
 
BSEC Proposes Memorandum of Understanding 
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2.  In March 2005, BSEC officials traveled to Bucharest and 
spoke to SECI officials in an effort to learn more about 
SECI and how the process of sharing information that SECI 
employs between countries facilitates the fight against 
transborder crime.  BSEC officials stated they were 
interested in further contact with the SECI Center and 
invited DoS Coordinator for SECI Center to visit BSEC and 
continue the discussion of SECI/BSCE cooperation.  In the 
discussion on April 26 BSEC purposed that a Memorandum of 
Understanding (MoU) between SECI and BSEC might be a 
suitable mechanism to bring about a closer partnership. 
This MoU, while falling short of an official relationship 
between the two organizations, could bring about an informal 
affiliation mutually beneficial to both. 
 
More than Partnership, Less than Membership 
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3.  DoS SECI Coordinator and RSO thanked BSEC officials for 
hosting the meeting and reaffirmed the desire of SECI Center 
Acting Director and Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) 
Chairperson to explore a closer relationship.  DoS SECI 
Coordinator agreed with BSEC officials that a MoU or other 
informal link would be the best option rather than looking 
for a means of formal affiliation by both organizations. 
This approach would look at challenges common to both 
organizations, such as organized crime in general, and 
trafficking and financial crime specifically, with an aim to 
share a set of principles, values and standards which could 
be employed to meet those challenges.  In short, the idea 
would be to share ideas, but not institutions.  DoS 
Coordinator pointed out that existing task forces at SECI 
such as financial crime, anti-smuggling and anti-narcotics 
could be building blocks in a process which would not 
duplicate efforts, funding or strategy in fighting organized 
crime.  These building blocks could, in fact, be key 
elements in looking at a wider strategy for the region such 
as a common security space in which both SECI and BSEC would 
employ mechanisms within their respective organizations to 
carry out their mandates, while informing each other of 
present and future actions.  These measures, though not 
formal in nature, could still serve to further the fight 
against organized crime, which should assist the goal of 
sustaining a safe and secure Black Sea region.  (Comment: 
JCC is the governing Board of SECI Center made up of elected 
Chairperson, elected Deputy Chairperson and one 
representative from each of the Twelve member states. End 
Comment) 
 
Comment 
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4.  In post's view, proposed shared actions and joint 
cooperation between BSEC and SECI is worth pursuing.  Both 
organizations share common members, security challenges and 
area of operations with the goal to address multilateral 
risks by sharing strategies and limited resources to 
confront transborder asymmetrical threats.  Both SECI Acting 
Director as well as the Chairperson of Joint Cooperation 
Committee (JCC) agree that cooperation with other 
international organizations in the region is critical in the 
fight against one of the new security threats in the area, 
organized crime.  SECI Center will explore and pursue as 
appropriate informal cooperation with BSEC.  Post hopes the 
Department can seek avenues for supporting SECI in this 
effort. 
 
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