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Cablegate: July Gaerc Pre-Brief

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 THE HAGUE 001376

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EUR/UBI, EUR/ERA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AL ENRG ETRD ETTC EUN IR IS KPAL PGOV PREL
RS, SOCI, SR, SU, UP, XA, XF, XH, XW, YI, ZL
SUBJECT: JULY GAERC PRE-BRIEF

REF: SECSTATE 98749

THE HAGUE 00001376 001.2 OF 002


1. Summary: The Dutch are concerned about the lack of
progress and will press for a unified European approach on
Kosovo. They anticipate the upcoming Intergovernmental
Conference (IGC) will be a formal ceremony without any
substantive changes to the mandate text. The Dutch may
provide a limited support unit to the UN-AU mission in Sudan.
They like the idea of the proposed detachment of an ESDP
mission in Chad but remain concerned about its implications.
On the CIA rendition flights issue, the Dutch will generally
condemn the practice but remain skeptical about the
allegations listed in the report by the Council of Europe
without more concrete evidence. Foreign Minister Verhagen
will make a brief statement as such. Poloff delivered reftel
points July 18 to MFA Political Affairs Officer Jeroen
Boender at the monthly pre-GAERC briefing for non-EU
diplomatic missions. End Summary.

2. At the IGC, Boender said the Dutch do not expect more than
a formal opening by the Portuguese presidency since the
mandate has already been concluded and "merely" needs to be
reformatted into a legal text. He suggested that negotiation
will be much more low-key with each member state providing no
more than three or four representatives. The October GAERC
will present an interim report on its progress and the
December European Council will present the final text. The EU
hopes to have the new treaty fully ratified by June 2009.
(Comment: The Dutch Council of State has already received a
letter from Parliament requesting ratification of the IGC
mandate. Usually ratification would be based on the treaty
text but the mandate is already considered sufficiently
detailed. End comment.)

3. Boender briefed on external political affairs:

Ukraine: The Council will prepare for the September 14
EU-Ukraine Summit in Kyiv, which is still planned to go
forward despite parliamentary elections on September 30. The
Dutch would like the EU to use the summit to stress the
importance of free and fair elections, the need for
constitutional reforms, and further strengthening of the rule
of law.

Sudan: The Dutch appreciate the increased European support
of this issue now that the French are paying more attention
to it. The GONL announced in a July 13 letter in Parliament
that they received a request by the UN Department of
Peacekeeping Operations to contribute to the hybrid force.
While it is still too early to tell, the Dutch are
considering contributing to operations in the form of a
support unit. However, any support will be modest given their
current commitments in Afghanistan. A potential deployment
of an ESDP mission in Chad would be headed by the French. The
Dutch believe such a mission could be important but worry
that the ESDP mission might attract an extra flow of refugees
into Chad or divert funds and troops from the main AU-UN
mission.

Western Balkans: Kosovo will be the major issue at this
GAERC. The Dutch are concerned with the lack of progress and
still think it is important to get a UN resolution because
that would be "more civilized" and it is "important to save
the prerogative of the UNSC." Without a UNSC resolution, it
also would be difficult to participate in a European
operation in Kosovo which is anticipated to eventually take
over after UNMIK leaves. At the GAERC, the Dutch will
continue to plea for unity in the EU approach, supporting the
Ahtisaari plan as the basis for the resolution.

Middle East: The Council will welcome Blair,s appointment
as Envoy to the Quartet. The Dutch support President Bush,s
suggestion to have an international conference but emphasize
that such a conference cannot replace direct negotiations
between Abbas and Olmert. The Dutch were displeased with the
letter sent by EU member states making suggestions to Blair.
They do not think that this approach is the way to build a
common EU foreign policy.


THE HAGUE 00001376 002.2 OF 002


Iran: Solana will provide a briefing on the June 23 Lisbon
meeting and might include a discussion of the recent IAEA
visit. The Dutch position on Iran has not changed. They think
it is important to maintain pressure but keep open the
possibility of a diplomatic approach. They are also waiting
to see what the UN has to say.

Libya: The Dutch are hopeful for a group transfer of medics
to Bulgaria under the legal assistance angle. The Dutch feel
connected to the case for having started the progress under
the Dutch presidency in 2004, and for the fact that the
family of the Palestinian doctor lives in the Netherlands.

CIA rendition flights: Boender emphasized that a resolution
in Parliament is forcing them to raise this in the EU
framework. The Dutch are uniformly against secret detention
centers. However, while they consider the allegations to be
very serious, they feel that the Council of Europe Report
contained hearsay and circumstantial evidence. Foreign
Minister Verhagen will keep his statement on the issue as
brief as possible.

UK agenda: The UK will ask for European support on the
Litvenenko case and for attention regarding Zimbabwe in light
of the planned EU-African summit in December. The Dutch do
not want President Mugabe, who remains on the visa sanction
list, to attend. Regardless of his attendance, they think it
is important to discuss human rights issues in Zimbabwe at
the summit.
GALLAGHER

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