Disgruntled Pahor followed the government and recalled the ambassador to the USA

Former Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel tried to intervene, but President Borut Pahor decided to recall the ambassador to the USA, Tone Kajzer.

In a public letter, former Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel called on President Pahor to reject the government’s proposal to recall the Slovenian ambassador to the United States, Tone Kajzer. According to Rupel, who criticizes Pahor in his letter, the ambassador did nothing wrong, on the contrary.

Pahor he talked to the prime minister Robert Golob and decided to sign the order recalling the ambassador in view of all the circumstances Tone Kajzer. However, he expressed his displeasure to the prime minister because the government adopted the recall decision without prior consultation with him, since after the government’s decision has already been taken, there is no longer any possibility for possible other solutions. He drew his attention to the question of the proportionality of the proposed measure or consistency of such action in all similar cases. He estimated that it would be right that the procedure for recalling ambassadors be formally regulated in the future in the same way as the procedure for appointing ambassadors, where consultation with the President of the Republic is an integral part of the decision-making process.

Before that, Pahor held a consultation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Tanja Fajon and already expressed his displeasure to her that no consultation was held with him on this matter before the government’s decision. He also suggested to both of them to think again about measures and actions, how to strengthen the professionalism of diplomacy, so that it is loyal to the country, but not to party and other partial interests

On Thursday, the government adopted a proposal to recall the ambassador to the United States Tone Kajzer for violating the Foreign Affairs Act. That the order to recall Ambassador Kajzer, who sent the ministry’s dispatch to the SDS president without authorization, Janez Janšaentered into force, it must be signed by the President of the Republic Borut Pahor. And that’s what happened tonight.

At the beginning of September, Janša shared on Twitter a photo of a confidential dispatch from the dispatch system of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, adding that Slovenian diplomacy and the ministry had also embarked on a campaign to collect signatures for Pirc Musarjevo,” chosen by the former president of the republic Milan Kučan“.

The Ministry of the Interior, on the initiative of Nataša Pirc Musar’s electoral staff, also asked diplomatic and consular missions to publish in a conspicuous place the address to which voters can send signatures in support of her candidacy for the presidential elections.

It is otherwise a routine procedure of the ministry, but it confused some candidates for the president of the republic, who believe that the ministry is putting them in an unequal position with such behavior.

According to Janševa’s publication of a confidential cable, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that they are investigating suspected misuse of ministry documents used in communication between employees across a network of around 60 diplomatic and consular missions.

Kaiser revealed the document

Kajzer, who before taking up the mandate of ambassador to the USA, was State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the leadership of Anžeta Logarwas summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a defense on Monday due to suspicion of abuse in the handling of MFA documents.

As the MFA confirmed to STA today, they found that it was Kajzer who revealed the document from the secure dispatch system. In doing so, he violated Article 45 of the Act on Foreign Affairs, which includes the protection of property, equipment, documents and data of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs among the special duties of diplomats. According to Article 17 of the mentioned law, the ambassador can be recalled if he violates the obligations from Article 45.

Due to the aforementioned violations and Article 16 b of the Law on the Protection of Personal Data at the Ministry, the Minister is Tanja Fajon proposed the early recall of Ambassador Kajzer, which was approved by the government.

Source: Svet24.si by novice.svet24.si.

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