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Cable sobre la decisión de España de acoger presos de Guantánamo tras el cierre del penal

EE UU y España se reunieron en Washington y anunciaron una "nueva etapa" en la relaciones bilaterales.

ID: 188592
Date: 2009-01-23 15:48:00
Origin: 09MADRID78
Source: Embassy Madrid
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Dunno: 09STATE4297 09STATE5430
Destination: VZCZCXRO3769
PP RUEHAG RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHMD #0078 0231548
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 231548Z JAN 09
FM AMEMBASSY MADRID
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0104
INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE
RUEHLA/AMCONSUL BARCELONA 3756
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS

C O N F I D E N T I A L MADRID 000078

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/23/2019
TAGS: PGOV, PREL, EU, SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN'S PREVIEW OF THE JANUARY GAERC

REF: A. STATE 4297
B. STATE 5430

Classified By: ADCM William H. Duncan for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

1. (C) Poloff delivered reftel demarche to Spanish MFA Deputy
Political Director Ricardo Lopez Aranda January 23. Lopez
confirmed that the agenda changed in light of the Gaza
conflict, with Russia/Ukraine and Guantanamo being the only
other two topics which will receive substantive attention.
Zimbabwe, although it remains on the agenda, will not be
discussed but rather conclusions adopted on the EU common
position.

2. (C) Gaza: Lopez said that the Gaza conflict discussion
will focus on further development of the EU border assistance
mission in Rafah, humanitarian aid and prevention of illicit
weapons trafficking into Gaza. Lopez stated that Spain is
concerned for the "security of Israel, but for the rights of
Palestinians as well." He highlighted that the GOS has
committed a contribution of 5 million euros to the United
Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the
Near East (UNRWA) in addition to the 1.5 million euros given
early in the conflict for purchase of medical and sanitary
supplies for the Gaza hospital.

3. (C) Russia/Ukraine: With respect to the Russia/Ukrainian
gas crisis, Lopez stated that the discussion within the EU
must be two-fold. First, he said that the EU must develop
its political position with respect to an energy security
strategy. The discussion must also include, however,
strategies for relations with Russia and Ukraine
individually. Lopez said that it is imperative that the EU
act with "one voice," and encourage all parties to act
responsibly.

4. (C) Guantanamo: Lopez said that the FMs will engage in a
preliminary, informal discussion regarding President Obama's
plan to close Guantanamo and how the EU can assist. Comment:
Although Lopez did not comment as to Spain's willingness to
accept detainees, Spanish FM Moratinos has indicated that
Spain is willing to cooperate in the closure, stating, "If we
can do something, we will do it."
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