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STATE FOR EUR/FO, EUR/ERA AND EUR/WE FROM AMBASSADOR GUTMAN
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/04/2029
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, EU, SENV, PINR, BE
SUBJECT: EU PRESIDENT VAN ROMPUY'S PLANS FOLLOWING
COPENHAGEN AND FOR AFGHANISTAN
REF: 2009 STATE 122247
Classified By: Charge D' Affaires Richard M. Eason for reasons 1.4 (B)
1. (C//NF) Summary: The Ambassador discussed the Conference
of Parties (COP) Conference in Copenhagen and Afghanistan
with EU Council Permanent President Herman Van Rompuy over
coffee December 23 after delivering the congratulatory letter
(reftel) from President Obama. Van Rompuy called the
Copenhagen Conference a disaster in which Europe was excluded
and mistreated. He predicted Mexico COP 16 would be a
disaster as well, and added that multilateral conferences
would not resolve the climate problem. He proposed coming to
an agreement between the EU and the United States during the
possible upcoming U.S. - EU Summit in Madrid, and then
approaching China to achieve a workable solution. On
Afghanistan, Van Rompuy opined that no one in Europe believed
in Afghanistan anymore. He said Europe was going along in
deference to the United States; there must be results in
2010, or Afghanistan is over for Europe. End Summary.
Coffee with EU President Van Rompuy
2. (U) As instructed (reftel), I delivered the letter of
congratulations from President Obama to new EU Council
Permanent President Herman Van Rompuy on December 23. The
meeting was arranged by his new Chief of Staff Frans Van
Daele. I did not mean to engage in any substantive
discussions nor enter into a domain better left to Ambassador
Kennard. However, both Van Daele and Van Rompuy are friends
of mine, and they invited me to have some coffee for about an
hour. Given the holiday period, the EU Building was
virtually empty and both men seemed to have time to spare.
We first discussed many social pleasantries: moving to new
office space, the holidays, and family.
Copenhagen was a disaster for Europe
3. (C//NF) Van Rompuy raised the recent COP 15 conference in
Copenhagen, calling it an "incredible disaster." He was not
angry, in the sense that he never seems angry, but he was as
animated and as frustrated as I have seen him. He thought
that Europe had been "totally excluded" and was "mistreated."
He thought the only saving grace was that he was not there.
Van Rompuy said, "had I been there, my Presidency would have
been over before it began." He said he was criticized for
not being present in Copenhagen, and added that he did not
need to be there because he does not start in his new
position until January 1. He thought it was a wise decision
not to attend the conference despite the pressure.
4. (C//NF) I responded by saying that I had no idea what
actually happened since I was not there, but offered that
from the reports I was seeing, it looked more like a chaotic
meeting had occurred rather than any decision to exclude
Europe. But Van Rompuy did not give that explanation much
credence, responding, "they could certainly have called
Europe and told us to come."
5. (C//NF) Van Rompuy did seem to ascribe some blame to
Europe. He said, "no one knows who to call: Merkel,
Barroso, who knows who." He said he planned to take control
of getting Europe on the same page. He mentioned that he had
scheduled an informal EU meeting in February to discuss the
economy, but he was now going to use the meeting to discuss
Copenhagen in addition to the economy. He intends to get the
EU lined up.
U.S. and EU Need to Talk Climate at Madrid
6. (C//NF) Van Rompuy said he has, "given up on Mexico City,"
with Van Daele calling the planned U.N. COP 16 meeting to be
held there November to December 2010 "Nightmare on Elm Street
2," and stating, "who wants to see that horror movie again."
Van Rompuy said, "multilateral meetings will not work." He
indicated that Europe first had to get on the same page; then
Europe had to meet with the U.S.; and finally they (I think
he meant Europe and the U.S.) had to meet as well with China.
Rather than waiting for a failure at Mexico City, he intends
to address Copenhagen issues with the United States at
Madrid; he envisioned engaging China thereafter. In his
mind, talks with the U.S. would have to focus on Madrid and
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not Mexico City.
7. (C//NF) We talked briefly about my having opened the
residence to the press to watch President Obama,s
Afghanistan speech live at 2:00 am Belgian time on December
1. That led Van Rompuy briefly to address Afghanistan. He
said it was, "the last chance. Europe is doing it and will
go along out of deference to the United States but not out of
deference to Afghanistan. No one believes in Afghanistan any
more. But we will give it 2010 to see results. If it
doesn,t work, that will be it because it is the last chance.
And if a Belgian gets killed, it would be over for Belgium
8. (U) We parted with holiday wishes and talked about seeing
an Anderlecht football (soccer) game soon. I told him I was
leaving him in the good hands of U.S. Ambassador to the EU
Bill Kennard but would continue to see him socially.
9. (C//NF) Comment: Van Rompuy's Chief of Staff Frans Van
Daele is Belgium's premier diplomat. He is a former
Ambassador to the United States, Permanent Representative to
NATO, to the EU, and most recently, Chief of Staff to
outgoing Belgian Foreign Minister, and now Prime Minister
Yves Leterme. Much of what Van Rompuy said might be
attributed to the pro-American Van Daele, who could have
recommended that this appointment be used to deliver the
messages on Copenhagen and Afghanistan. End Comment.
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