Cable en el que Moratinos anuncia que España dará un millón de dólares al BMENA

  • El ministro de Exteriores se lo comunicó al embajador.
  • El dinero iría a parar a la Fundación para el Futuro.
  • Discuten sobre la conveniencia o no de un viaje de la vicepresidenta Fernández De la Vega a EE UU.
2005-10-25 14:00:00
Embassy Madrid
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/24/2015

Classified By: Charge J. Robert Manzanares for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

1. (C) Summary: Spanish Foreign Minister Moratinos told
Ambassador Aguirre October 20 that Spain would contribute $1
million in "new money" (not in-kind or including previous
related contributions) to the Foundation for the Future, part
of the G-8's Broader Middle East/North Africa Strategy. He
regretted that the Secretary would not be able to attend the
EU's Barcelona Process 10th anniversary meeting in November.
Briefing the Ambassador on the October 18-19 visit to Madrid
of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Moratinos
said Abbas was the best Palestian interlocutor we have at the
moment. Moratinos also noted that during his upcoming New
York visit (week of Oct. 24), he would be meeting meeting
with USUN Ambassador Bolton to discuss Western Sahara and
Maghreb issues. END SUMMARY

Barcelona Process Meeting

2. (C) The Spanish government understands that the Secretary
will not come to the EU's 10th anniversary Barcelona Process
meeting, but Moratinos said that when he and the Secretary
spoke on this issue recently, the Secretary mentioned the
possibility of someone else at a lower level attending.
Moratinos explained that Spain had proposed extending an
invitation as "guests" or "observers" to the US, Balkans,
Russia and perhaps Albania but that this had to be approved
by the UK as the chair of the EU. If that was approved, the
US would receive an invitation to attend, at minimum, the
Foreign Minister's portion of the conference. When asked at
what level, Moratinos was unclear but it indicated he wanted
it to be higher than Ambassador.

3. (C) Regarding the Secretary,s not being available, he
said it was unfortunate but understood the significance of
the Thanksgiving holiday. He noted the importance of
continuous exchanges between cabinet level officials and was
hopeful we could work a visit by the Secretary to Madrid
early next year. Ambassador Aguirre said he would look into
it. The Ambassador agreed it was important to maintain a
good rhythm of high level visitors and was working on getting
the following to Spain: Senator Mel Martinez as part of the
US/Spain council, Commerce Secretary Gutierrez, Attorney
General Gonzales, and DHS Secretary Chertoff. He also noted
the upcoming visit of Cuba Transition Coordinator Caleb
McCarry and the possible visit of Dina Powell.

The Perennial Question

4. (C) Moratinos said Vice President Maria Teresa Fernandez
De La Vega would like to visit the US but understood the
sensitivities involved, since it could be perceived as trying
to arrange a visit between Zapatero and President Bush (this
tracks with Ambassador's discussion with her in reftel).
Moratinos said "we need to work on getting the two (Zapatero
and the President) together" soon, noting that this push was
coming from the MFA, not Zapatero nor his office. Ambassador
Aguirre responded that he did not see this as something that
could be accomplished soon, for a number reasons. The
Ambassador noted that there were still bruised feelings in
some parts of the USG as a result of the Iraq pullout and
that easing these concerns would take time. The Ambassador
then suggested to Moratinos that Zapatero needed to do
something dramatic to help turn opinion around. For example,
said the Ambassador, he could announce the cancellation of
the arms sales to Venezuela. In a similar vein, the
Ambassador expressed appreciation for the MFA statement on
the Iraq constitution referendum and for the beginning of
de-mining training for Iraqi security forces (slated to begin
in early November). The Ambassador suggested that the Spanish
government make a special media/public relations effort at
the start of the training, perhaps with the Iraqi Ambassador
to Spain, to underscore Spain's participation in Iraq
democratization and security-building.


5. (C) Ambassador Aguirre urged Moratinos to declare in
advance of the Bahrain conference the amount of Spain's
pledge to the BMENA Foundation for the Future. Moratinos said
Spain understood the need for USD 1 million, and that it had
to be pledged prior to the Bahrain meeting. He said Spain's
pledge would be USD 1 million and this would be new money,
not incorporating Spain's previous contributions to OECD
BMENA efforts. The Ambassador thanked Moratinos and told him
that this would be welcome news in Washington. Moratinos
raised Zapatero's Alliance of Civilizations project.
Moratinos said the Alliance would be discussed at Barcelona
and asked if we had made a final decision on whether we would
be contributing to the effort. Moratinos mentioned U/S
Dobriansky,s visit and her indication that the US would
participate. Ambassador Aguirre told him he thought we were
still on track to participate and undertook to follow up.

Meeting with Palestinian Authority President Abbas

6. (C) Moratinos briefed the Ambassador on the recent visit
to Madrid of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
He said Abbas was the best Palestinian interlocutor possible
at the moment. Abbas, he said, is determined to follow a
peaceful strategy of negotiation with Sharon. Moratinos
described Abbas as a patient man who has a strategy to
dismantle Hamas. Abbas told Moratinos that Hamas is losing
ground and the polls reflect this. Hamas has lost
credibility in Gaza, especially in their latest effort to
blame Israel for the last bombing there; Abbas said no one
believes this. According to Moratinos, Abbas told the
Spanish his strategy is to work on disarming Hamas but not to
press too hard between now and the elections. Moratinos said
Abbas promised to disarm Hamas once the elections are over if
he wins. Abbas said that in order for his strategy to work he
need three things: 1) A minimum level of cooperation from
Israel that will allow the Palestinians to arm themselves to
meet current security needs. And for President Bush to
support this. He used an example of trying to get bullet
proof vests for the Palestinian police and the resistance
they are getting from the Israel. (Abbas said the Palestinian
Authority could control the distribution of the vests and
would keep an inventory of who is getting them); 2) A signal
from President Bush to Sharon not to interfere in the
Palestinian elections. Abbas added that it was unhelpful for
Sharon to say that Hamas cannot participate in the elections;
such commentary only builds support for Hamas. 3) Whatever
happens between Syria and the US should not have a negative
impact on Palestinians. Abbas also said that it would be
helpful to have pressure on Israel to release Palestinian
prisoners. He said he was now negotiating with Israel on this
issue and a release before the elections would help him.

7. (C) Further, Mortatinos said Abbas asked that US policy on
settlements remain the same, and a reaffirmation of the
policy would be helpful. Abbas noted the Palestinians working
to get Nativity Church (Bethlehem) exiles back home.
Moratinos noted that Spain was interested in this issue being
resolved as they took in some of these exiles and they would
like to send them back. Abbas also asked that Israel ease up
on the checkpoints and allow transit to Jordan.

8. (C) Abbas also told the Spanish he would like to see
Sharon invited to the Barcelona meeting as it would give him
an opportunity to meet with him. Moratinos said Sharon had
been invited. Abbas said that he believes Sharon is a
reliable partner and a good interlocutor. Finally, Abbas said
his is a strategy of non-violence and negotiation, which is
the only path that will produce results. But, he said, the
annihilation of Hamas (which Abbas said is controlled by
Iran) is not possible in the short term.

New York Trip

9. (C) Moratinos said that during his visit to New York the
week of October 24 (to attend a conference organized by
Spanish Judge Garzon, who is in New York for a year-long
program), he would be meeting with Ambassador Bolton to
discuss the Maghreb and Western Sahara. (Comment: The
Maghreb, particularly Morocco, is a key issue for Spain,
given the large number of Moroccan immigrants in Spain, the
Moroccan-immigrant origins of the March 11, 2004 terrorist
attacks in Madrid and the fragility of the border between
Morocco and Spain represented by a fence separating the
Spanish North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla and
Morocco. In addition, resolution of the Western Sahara issue
is a key focus of Spain's foreign policy given Spain's
historic ties to the former colony, and the Spanish continue
to seek greater US involvement in the issue.)