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Cablegate: French Participation in Transatlantic Lunch, Unga

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: NATO PREL OPDC FR UNO UNGA
SUBJECT: FRENCH PARTICIPATION IN TRANSATLANTIC LUNCH, UNGA
MEETINGS

REF: STATE 149114

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED. Please treat accordingly.

1. (SBU) FM Douste-Blazy cabinet advisor Francois-Xavier
Carrel-Billiard told us September 13 that FM Douste-Blazy at
this time planned to attend the September 22 informal
transatlantic lunch hosted by the Secretary, and would also
attend the U.S.-EU ministerial meeting following. New
Political Director Gerard Araud would replace Douste-Blazy if
for any reason Douste-Blazy could not attend.
Carrel-Billiard asked if the U.S. would reconsider holding
the meeting in French and English, making the argument that
this had been the case for similar lunches in Sofia and
Brussels. Otherwise Douste-Blazy would have to have an
interpreter with him (Claire Keefe), which would add to the
number of participants.

2. (SBU) Speaking more generally about France's UNGA
participation, Carrel-Billiard said President Chirac would be
present September 18 and 19, and possibly part of September
20, although he was unable to confirm that. Other members of
the delegation, besides Foreign Minister Douste-Blazy,
included Political Director Araud, Policy Planning Director
Pierre Levy, and (we assume) IO Director Sylvie Bermann. We
noted our understanding that NEA A/S Welch would have a
separate meeting with Araud on the Middle East, and queried
as to the best interlocutor on Cuba transition for U/S
Dobriansky. Carrel-Billiard suggested that Levy as the best
choice, since Cuba transition included democracy writ large.
We undertook to pass the suggestion to Washington.


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