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Cablegate: Dutch On Taiwan's Participation in the Oecd

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INFO RUEHSS/OECD POSTS COLLECTIVE
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STATE FOR EUR/WE (TSMITH), EUR/ERA
STATE ALSO FOR EEB/EPPD (JMUDGE)
PARIS FOR USOECD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON OECD EUN PREL CM TW NL
SUBJECT: DUTCH ON TAIWAN'S PARTICIPATION IN THE OECD

REF: A. STATE 20058

B. PARIS 515

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ACCORDINGLY.

1. (U) Econ Chief forwarded ref A points on March 3 to
Peter Post, Head of the OECD Unit, Dutch Ministry of Foreign
Affairs. Econ Chief also shared the points with Jerome
Larosch, OECD Coordinator in the Trade Policy Unit, Dutch
Ministry of Economic Affairs. Post was not available to meet
and discuss the points until March 19.

2. (SBU) Post said the GONL supported the USG position of
maintaining the current OECD policy (based on the 1995 SG
Paye letter), which allows Taiwan's technical participation
in appropriate OECD activities. The GONL valued Chinese
Taipei's participation as an economy and not as a sovereign
state, he noted, and saw no need for the proposed MOU from
China. He confirmed Dutch support for the position presented
by France, on behalf of the EU Presidency, at the March 17
OECD External Relations Committee (ERC), reported ref B.
Post said the GONL supported the ERC consensus position and
recommendations presented to SG Gurria by ERC Chair Joan Boer
(Dutch) and China Reflection Group Head Ambassador Cabras.
He was doubtful that the issue of Taiwan's status would even
be raised by PRC officials during SG Gurria's upcoming visit
to Beijing, given a recent focus on developments in Tibet.
Gallagher

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