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Cablegate: Danes Say Eu Consensus Does Not Support Nicaraguan

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/17/2016
TAGS: KDEM AORC PGOV PREL NU DA
SUBJECT: DANES SAY EU CONSENSUS DOES NOT SUPPORT NICARAGUAN
ELECTION DONOR GROUP STATEMENT FOR NOW

REF: SECSTATE 114848

Classified By: Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs William
Mozdzierz, Reasons 1.4 (B) and (D)

1. (C) While Denmark shares U.S. concerns expressed in ref
draft statement, it also will not break with the EU consensus
that the release of a statement now is premature. MFA Head
of Section for Latin America Erik Hoeg told Pol/Econ
Counselor and PolOff July 17 that Denmark saw "very little to
dispute" in the substance of the proposed statement. Denmark
has two priority development countries in Latin America:
Nicaragua and Bolivia, hence Denmark follows events with
Nicaragua with "special interest," Hoeg said. Hoeg added
that Denmark was very aware of potential election
difficulties (e.g., lack of a fully independent CSE), and
because of this Denmark had also been a leader in pushing
inside the EU for an EU Election Observation Mission for
Nicaragua.

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2. (C) However, while Hoeg indicated Denmark was in agreement
on the substance of the draft statement, it shares questions
with other EU members on timing. Hoeg said EU heads of
mission in Managua had met on 24 May and 25 June and reached
consensus that they did not favor issuing a statement now.
Denmark will not break with that consensus, Hoeg confirmed.
Discussion among the EU HOMs, according to Hoeg, centered on
the issue of how many statements could usefully be issued in
advance of the election and the point at which "too many
statements reach diminishing returns." In meantime, Hoeg
said, EU missions are advocating for "quiet diplomacy."

3. (C) Pol/Econ Counselor countered that, while quiet
diplomacy has its role, it is important that the people of
Nicaragua see early and often that the international donor
community publicly backs their desire for a free and fair
election. Issuing this statement now lays down an important
marker as we head into the fall election season that the
international community is engaged and watching. Hoeg
indicated that Denmark and other EU members were not averse
to issuing a statement farther into the election season.
Pol/Econ Counselor cautioned that it would be better that our
statements come earlier and be proactive, rather than reflect
after-the-fact judgments on actions/events that might have
been prevented.
KAISER

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