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Cablegate: Drl Das Barks-Ruggles Discusses Bmena with French

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UNCLAS PARIS 004382

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SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KDEM BMENA FR EG
SUBJECT: DRL DAS BARKS-RUGGLES DISCUSSES BMENA WITH FRENCH
MFA, OCTOBER 25


SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED

1. (SBU) Visiting DRL DAS Erica Barks-Ruggles, accompanied by
poloff and pol LES, met October 25 at the French MFA with
DAS-equivalent for the Levant Ludovic Pouille, Director of
the office of cooperation for the Middle East Jean-Michel
Ledain, and the MFA's coordinator for BMENA Nicolas Fondraz
to discuss BMENA issues. She began by asking for impressions
of the just-concluded sub-ministerial in Berlin, thoughts
about how to improve cooperation between NGOs and
governments, and views on Egyptian resistance and how to help
make Egypt become more comfortable with BMENA.

2. (SBU) With respect to Egypt, Ledain observed that the
presence of activist Sa'ad Eddin Ibrahim had been a red flag
for the government delegation. In his view, the Egyptian
attitude was less based on principle than on personality.
Fondraz related a recent incident, which underscored Egyptian
sensitivities, wherein an Egyptian activist started "having
problems" after he received the French government's annual
human rights award.

3. (SBU) Fondraz asked for USG views on the proposed NGO
principles and the upcoming BMENA ministerial in Yemen. She
expressed confidence in the level of support already given on
the principles by several key governments and NGOs, but
acknowledged the Egyptians might comment negatively on
proposals circulating. Ledain raised the problem for NGOs of
financing from abroad. Barks-Ruggles responded that
documents circulating make the point that their provisions
are based on previously-agreed commitments and exclude those
groups supporting violence. Pouille concurred, noting the
"helpful" references to "lawful activities." Fondraz
asserted that seeking Arab consensus would be difficult.
Barks-Ruggles noted that the effort to come up with voluntary
undertakings is aimed at avoiding a new fight -- which NGOs
do not want -- like that which happened over the Bahrain
declaration. When asked how many signatories the USG
expects, Barks-Ruggles replied that the civil society
component seems on board, and there appears to be good buy-in
from the Gulf states and former BMENA hosts.

4. (SBU) Fondraz, who agreed that the governments in the
region need steady pressure to make progress, asked whether
the next U.S. administration would continue the momentum
BMENA has built up. Barks-Ruggles firmly replied yes,
affirming that progress in all the areas covered by BMENA was
critical to the region's political evolution and to
confronting extremist political forces. In that spirit, she
noted the need for G-8 support for BMENA initiatives.
Fondraz noted in this context the early stages of France's
initiative to create a Mediterranean Union that would
complement much of what BMENA is doing.

5. (SBU) Barks-Ruggles noted the Secretary's intention to
attend the December 4-5 ministerial and strongly urged that
FM Kouchner would do likewise. Fondraz responded that the
current French thinking was to send the NEA A/S-equivalent or
his deputy. Barks-Ruggles urged the French to reconsider
their level of representation, pointing out that others in
the G-8 (e.g., Germany) would send their foreign ministers to
demonstrate the importance they attach to the effort.

6. (SBU) DAS Barks-Ruggles has cleared this cable.

Please visit Paris' Classified Website at:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/paris/index.c fm


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