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BUSH DEJÓ 'TIRADO' A ZP CON LA ALIANZA DE CIVILIZACIONES

Cable en el que EE UU propone colaborar en la Alianza con un plan del MEPI

  • Quieren asociar un proyecto educativo con escuelas del Magreb a la Alianza de Civilizaciones.
  • EE UU cree que España quiere su apoyo por una cuestión de imagen y "no de cantidad o de sustancia".
  • España les pide otra donación posterior, a uno de los tres fondos que anunciará la Alianza en el I Foro.
ID:
135446
Etiquetas:
PREL, SOCI, KMPI, UN, SP
Fecha:
2007-12-21 16:19:00
RefID:
07MADRID2295
Origen:
Embassy Madrid
Clasificación:
UNCLASSIFIED
Destino:
06ISTANBUL2084
07MADRID2046
Encabezado:
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RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0396
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 MADRID 002295

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL, SOCI, KMPI, UN, SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN WOULD WELCOME MEPI PROJECT UNDER AOC AUSPICES

REF: A. S-MORATINOS LETTER - FEBRUARY 14 2006
B. MADRID 2046
C. USUN 851
D. USUN 496
E. 2006 ISTANBUL 2084

1. SUMMARY; Polcouns met December 19 with Spanish Deputy
Political Director Felix Costales to discuss the possible
association of MEPI's Civic Education Partnership Initiative
(CEPI) with the Alliance of Civilizations (AoC) as a means to
fulfill the Secretary's commitment to contribute to the AoC.
Costales welcomed the initiative and noted that it clearly
falls within the parameters of the AoC's stated goals and
priorities. He added that official approval would have to be
coordinated with AoC High Representative Jorge Sampaio, but
he did not anticipate this would be a problem and undertook
to discuss it with Sampaio. Polcouns asked whether the
project's association with the AoC would entail any
administrative burden - monitoring, follow up, publicity,
etc. Costales replied that a joint press release and a
future report on the results of the project would likely be
the extent of the administrative burden, as the AoC does not
aspire to be a major grant-making organization. He
underscored that the AoC's primary purpose will not be the
development, funding and implementation of projects; rather,
the AOC wants to lend its name, political cachet, and best
practices to groups and projects in its field of view, as
well as serving as a networking and coordination
"clearinghouse." Costales also urged the U.S. to do more
than re-brand a MEPI project with an AoC imprimatur, and he
offered three possible projects where a U.S. contribution
could be helpful. He acknowledged that no such contribution
could reasonably be expected before the January 15-16 First
Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations in Madrid, and he said
there would be plenty of time after the forum for
consideration of these proposals. Costales encouraged the
U.S. to attend the Forum despite our non-membership in the
Group of Friends. END SUMMARY.

BACKGROUND
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2. Polcouns called on Spanish Deputy Political Director
Felix Costales December 19 to propose a means of fulfilling
Secretary Rice's commitment to contribute to the Alliance of

SIPDIS
Civilizations, a UN institution proposed, developed and
largely funded by Spain. Secretary Rice committed to a
contribution in a February 2006 letter to Foreign Minister
Moratinos, but asked Moratinos to help identify a concrete
project to which the U.S. could make a contribution. In
coordination with EUR, NEA/PI identified USD 100,000 in
October 2005 that could be directed toward an eventual AoC
contribution, provided it could be earmarked for a specific
project whose goals corresponded with those of MEPI. Almost
two years later, the Alliance has become a full-fledged UN
institution with a High Representative of the Secretary
General, former Portuguese PM Jorge Sampaio, and a Group of
Friends of more than 70 nations. However, neither the AoC
nor the Spanish have proposed a specific project for U.S.
attention. Spanish interlocutors have consistently shown
less interest in the size and substance of a U.S.
contribution than in the aesthetic significance of USG
involvement in the AoC as an institution. During A/S Fried's
October visit to Madrid, GOS interlocutors emphasized the
importance of a U.S. contribution prior to the AoC's First
Forum January 15-16 in Madrid.

MADRID ACTION
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3. In consultation with EUR and IO, Embassy Madrid reached
out again to NEA/PI in October 2007 seeking a project that
could fulfill the Secretary's commitment. NEA/PI proposed
the Civic Education Partnership Initiative (CEPI), a joint
effort among Bowling Green State University, Hassan II
University, the Moroccan Center for Civic Education, and the
U.S. Center for Civic Education. Starting in Morocco, CEPI
proposes to introduce a Civic Education into North African
schools from K-12. The project would involve training of
teachers and administrators, as well as development of new
education materials and procedures compatible with the unique
educational experience in North Africa. We understand NEA/PI
is willing to associate the project with the AoC, provided it
does not entail undue administrative/accountability burdens,

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and is prepared to proceed with the USD 1.2 million
initiative either way.

SPANISH RESPONSE
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4. Costales welcomed the project and said it clearly fell
within the bounds of AoC objectives. If the USG was prepared
to fund the project, he did not see any reason why it could
not be done under the AoC umbrella. On administrative
burdens, Costales agreed that a joint press release and a
future report on the project's effectiveness would likely be
the limit of AoC requirement, but he cautioned that he could
not speak for High Representative Sampaio.

5. Costales then asked the U.S. to consider providing
greater political support for the AoC. He noted that three
funds would be announced at the First Forum of the AoC in
Madrid January 15-16. The first, a "Youth Solidarity Fund"
would provide small quantities of seed money (app. USD 1,000)
for youth groups to conduct projects in keeping with AoC
goals. The second was a media fund that would provide grants
to tolerant media sources in nations where media freedom
and/or objectivity was a concern. The AoC envisioned this
fund receiving mainly private contributions but would allow
matching contributions from States. Finally, a third fund
would seek to provide employment for youths in the Middle
East. Costales emphasized that a USG contribution to any of
these funds would represent a greater commitment by the USG
to the institution, creating a more tangible link than simply
associating a project designed, funded, and implemented by
the U.S. with the AoC.

6. Polcouns stated U.S. willingness to look at those funds
once greater detail was available, but underscored that the
immediate goal was for the U.S. to fulfill its commitment to
the AoC and to the GOS prior to the First Forum. Costales
agreed, and said there would be time after the Forum for the
U.S. to consider those projects.

7. We will be in contact with EUR/WE and NEA/PI to close the
loop and prepare a draft press release to share with the GOS
and AoC with a view toward an announcement prior to the
January 15 Forum.
AGUIRRE;"