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Cablegate: European Commission Attendance at September 22

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SUBJECT: EUROPEAN COMMISSION ATTENDANCE AT SEPTEMBER 22
AD-HOC LIAISON COMMISSION

REF: STATE 095980

1. (SBU) Mission delivered reftel demarche regarding the
September 22 Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) Meeting to the
Palestine Desk Officer at the European Commission (EC). She
indicated that the EU understood that the level of attendance
for the meeting had already been set at the senior level and
that Deputy Director General for External Relations Hugues
Mingarelli would represent the European Commission. The
officer noted that External Relations Commissioner Benita
Ferrero-Walder would normally attend the AHLC, but has a
schedule conflict. According to the desk officer,
Mingarelli's focus would be to: (1) express support for
Prime Minister Fayyad's government program and emphasize that
EC support is already in line with the goals of the program;
(2) publicize EC assistance (the EU is the largest donor of
assistance to the Palestinians) with particular regard to
institution building and to emphasize the importance of
creating the right conditions for Palestinian economic
growth; and (3) emphasize the issue of access to Gaza.

Murray
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