Viewing cable 03THEHAGUE2480, NEW DUTCH FOREIGN MINISTER DESIGNATED - BERNARD
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|03THEHAGUE2480||2003-09-30 14:02||2011-01-22 21:09||CONFIDENTIAL||Embassy The Hague|
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C O N F I D E N T I A L THE HAGUE 002480 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/30/2013 TAGS: PREL PGOV PINR NL SUBJECT: NEW DUTCH FOREIGN MINISTER DESIGNATED - BERNARD BEN BOT Classified By: Political Counselor Mary E. Daly reasons 1.5 (b & d) ¶1. (C) Summary: On September 30, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende asked retired career diplomat Bernard Bot to accept the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs beginning in early December, 2003. Bot declared himself most willing to accept the position. The intention is for de Hoop Scheffer to stay in office through the OSCE Ministerial December 1-2. The primary reason for choosing Bot is the need for an accomplished technocrat to run the Dutch EU presidency. Bot most recently served as the Netherlands' permanent representative at the EU between 1992 and 2002. Prior to that, he was Dutch ambassador to Turkey and to NATO, as well as Secretary General of the MFA. Privately, sources close to the Prime Minister told us that the Prime Minister insisted that foreign policy remain unchanged, especially regarding relations with the United States and Israel. Bot's interview with the Prime Minister this weekend was reportedly very long and designed to assess whether he was willing to carry out the current policy line. According to the PM's top political advisor, Balkenende was fully satisfied that Bot was strongly committed to the Atlantic partnership. The Prime Minister passed over candidates from the political class. While he would have liked CDA floor leader Maxime Verhagen in the job (the men are extremely close personally and on policy), he could not spare him from parliament. Bot's resume follows. ¶2. (C) Dr. Bernard Rudolf Bot Born November 21, 1937 in Batavia, Indonesia Widower, three children Education: St. Aloysius College, The Hague Law studies, University of Leyden Academy of International Law, The Hague, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass USA (LLM) Doctorate in law (cum laude), University of Leyden Career: Joined the diplomatic service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs October 22, 1963. Postings: 1964 - 1970 - Brussels, Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Communities 1970 - 1973 - Buenos Aires 1973 - 1976 - (East) Berlin 1976 - 1982 - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague 1982 - 1986 - Brussels, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to NATO 1986 - 1989 - Ankara, Ambassador 1989 - 1992 - Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague October 1, 1992 - Brussels, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the European Union January 1, 2003 - Partner, Praaning Meines Consultancy Group Other Positions: Chairman, Association of the Members of the Diplomatic Service (1978 - 1982) Member of the Board of Governors, Fondation Journalistes en Europe Member of the Supervisory Board, Hotel School The Hague Chairman of the Advisory Board, Energy Charter Secretariat Member of the Board of Trustees of the European Centre for Work and Society Member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Tilburg Publications: Non-recognition and Treaty Relations (1968), edited by Sijhoff and Oceana Articles on the Common Market, European Political co-operation, NATO and various other political matters SOBEL