Viewing cable 09THEHAGUE615, NETHERLANDS: DUTCH SUPPORT ON GOLDSTONE REPORT
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|09THEHAGUE615||2009-10-15 10:10||2011-01-19 14:02||CONFIDENTIAL||Embassy The Hague|
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C O N F I D E N T I A L THE HAGUE 000615 SIPDIS DEPT FOR IO/RHS KELLY RAZZOUK AND CARI ENAV DEPT FOR IO/UNP ANDREW MORRISON DEPT FOR NEA/IPA JEFFREY GIAUQUE USUN/NY FOR AMY SCHEDLBAUER AND ELLEN GERMAIN GENEVA FOR MARC CASSAYRE E.O. 129... 229782 2009-10-15 09THEHAGUE615 Embassy The Hague CONFIDENTIAL 09SECSTATE106423|09THEHAGUE582 C O N F I D E N T I A L THE HAGUE 000615 SIPDIS DEPT FOR IO/RHS KELLY RAZZOUK AND CARI ENAV DEPT FOR IO/UNP ANDREW MORRISON DEPT FOR NEA/IPA JEFFREY GIAUQUE USUN/NY FOR AMY SCHEDLBAUER AND ELLEN GERMAIN GENEVA FOR MARC CASSAYRE E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/13/2019 TAGS: IS KPAL PREL PHUM PTER NL EU SUBJECT: NETHERLANDS: DUTCH SUPPORT ON GOLDSTONE REPORT REF: A. SECSTATE 106423 ¶B. THE HAGUE 582 Classified By: POLECON Counselor Andrew C. Mann for reasons 1.5(b,d) ¶1. (C) SUMMARY: The Dutch generally support the U.S. approach on the Goldstone report in New York and Geneva. The Dutch MFA hopes for additional information from the U.S. on next steps on the Goldstone report and on Middle East peace negotiations. There is a high-level political conflict between Development Minister Koenders and FM Verhagen on the Goldstone report. END SUMMARY. ¶2. (C) SUPPORTING USG: Post shared reftel A points with MFA contacts on the Middle East, human rights, and NATO. MFA policy officers Dorine Wytema (Israel, Peace Process), Michael Thijssen (Palestine), and David Zeverijn (Israel) responded that the Dutch are on the same line, with little daylight between Dutch and American positions. In New York, the Dutch support a broad focus in New York on the progress of peace negotiations, rather than just a discussion of the Goldstone report. The Dutch are not certain whether they will intervene. However, the EU will make a statement which includes the assertion that debate over the Goldstone report belongs in Geneva. Zeverijn suggested that additional statements by EU members would sacrifice clarity and unity. In Geneva, the Dutch have not received definitive reporting on the EU strategy. However, they believe the Jerusalem element to the Palestinian draft resolution is inappropriate, and that that specific issue should be considered by UNESCO (for the cultural issues) and UNGA / UNSC (for the political issues). FM Verhagen, and possibly Development Minister Koenders, are reviewing the proposed instructions for the Dutch embassy in Geneva. Staff has advised FM Verhagen to vote no on the current draft resolution from the Palestinians, but the jury is still out as of October 15. (Note: Verhagen supports the U.S. approach and would probably support a no vote, but he must contend with Dutch coalition politics -- see paragraph 4. End Note.) ¶3. (C) SEEKING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: MFA contacts would welcome further details on the U.S. strategy for action in the UN Third Committee or plenary 3ebate on the Goldstone report. The Dutch would also welcome an update on progress with the peace talks after Special Envoy Mitchell's recent visit. ¶4. (C) DUTCH POLITICAL FRICTION OVER REPORT: Pieter De Gooijer, Director General for Political Affairs (P equivalent) told Charge on October 1 that Verhagen (of the Christian Democrat party) and Koenders (of the Labor party) had a major argument in New York over the Goldstone report. Verhagen had proposed a letter to the Dutch parliament finding fault with the report. According to De Gooijer, Verhagen believes we should tell Israel, you have friends, but you have to make concessions. Koenders, who wants to push Israel, went ballistic, prompting late-night mediation by PM Balkenende. Balkenende called in De Gooijer to draft compromise language for the letter. The letter defused the conflict in the Dutch parliament over Israel's conduct, allowing the Parliament to turn to the more controversial issue of Afghanistan. Qcontroversial issue of Afghanistan. LEVIN