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Donderdag, 20 Januari 2011 | Bewerkt door Crethi Plethi

De Israëlische Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken, Avigdor Lieberman (R), schudt de hand van Maxime Verhagen na hun ontmoeting in Jeruzalem op 24 juni 2009. Nederland stemde tegen het Goldstone Rapport vanwege de eenzijdigheid van het rapport. (REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

WikiLeaks: Ruzie Tussen Verhagen en Koenders over Goldstone Rapport

Document: Ambtsbericht van de Amerikaanse ambassade in Den Haag waarin Topambtenaar Pieter de Gooijer van het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, de ambtelijke rechterhand van de minister, de Amerikaanse ambassade in 2009 informeerde over een knetterende ruzie tussen CDA-minister Verhagen (Buitenlandse Zaken) en diens PvdA-collega Bert Koenders (Ontwikkelingssamenwerking) over het Goldstone rapport (m.b.t. de Gaza-oorlog eind 2008 en begin 2009 van Israël tegen Hamas).


Bron: WikiLeaks/NOS

229782

2009-10-15

09THEHAGUE615

Embassy The Hague

CONFIDENTIAL

09SECSTATE106423|09THEHAGUE582

C O N F I D E N T I A L THE HAGUE 000615

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR IO/RHS KELLY RAZZOUK AND CARI ENAV
DEPT FOR IO/UNP ANDREW MORRISON
DEPT FOR NEA/IPA JEFFREY GIAUQUE
USUN/NY FOR AMY SCHEDLBAUER AND ELLEN GERMAIN
GENEVA FOR MARC CASSAYRE

E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/13/2019
TAGS: IS, KPAL, PREL, PHUM, PTER, NL, EU
SUBJECT: NETHERLANDS: DUTCH SUPPORT ON GOLDSTONE REPORT

REF: A. SECSTATE 106423
B. THE HAGUE 582

Classified By: POLECON Counselor Andrew C. Mann for reasons 1.5(b,d)

1. (C) SUMMARY: The Dutch generally support the U.S. approach
on the Goldstone report in New York and Geneva. The Dutch
MFA hopes for additional information from the U.S. on next
steps on the Goldstone report and on Middle East peace
negotiations. There is a high-level political conflict
between Development Minister Koenders and FM Verhagen on the
Goldstone report. END SUMMARY.

2. (C) SUPPORTING USG: Post shared reftel A points with MFA
contacts on the Middle East, human rights, and NATO. MFA
policy officers Dorine Wytema (Israel, Peace Process),
Michael Thijssen (Palestine), and David Zeverijn (Israel)
responded that the Dutch are on the same line, with little
daylight between Dutch and American positions. In New York,
the Dutch support a broad focus in New York on the progress
of peace negotiations, rather than just a discussion of the
Goldstone report. The Dutch are not certain whether they
will intervene. However, the EU will make a statement which
includes the assertion that debate over the Goldstone report
belongs in Geneva. Zeverijn suggested that additional
statements by EU members would sacrifice clarity and unity.
In Geneva, the Dutch have not received definitive reporting
on the EU strategy. However, they believe the Jerusalem
element to the Palestinian draft resolution is inappropriate,
and that that specific issue should be considered by UNESCO
(for the cultural issues) and UNGA / UNSC (for the political
issues). FM Verhagen, and possibly Development Minister
Koenders, are reviewing the proposed instructions for the
Dutch embassy in Geneva. Staff has advised FM Verhagen to
vote no on the current draft resolution from the
Palestinians, but the jury is still out as of October 15.
(Note: Verhagen supports the U.S. approach and would probably
support a no vote, but he must contend with Dutch coalition
politics — see paragraph 4. End Note.)

3. (C) SEEKING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: MFA contacts would
welcome further details on the U.S. strategy for action in
the UN Third Committee or plenary 3ebate on the Goldstone
report. The Dutch would also welcome an update on progress
with the peace talks after Special Envoy Mitchell’s recent
visit.

4. (C) DUTCH POLITICAL FRICTION OVER REPORT: Pieter De
Gooijer, Director General for Political Affairs (P
equivalent) told Charge on October 1 that Verhagen (of the
Christian Democrat party) and Koenders (of the Labor party)
had a major argument in New York over the Goldstone report.
Verhagen had proposed a letter to the Dutch parliament
finding fault with the report. According to De Gooijer,
Verhagen believes we should tell Israel, you have friends,
but you have to make concessions. Koenders, who wants to
push Israel, went ballistic, prompting late-night
mediation by PM Balkenende. Balkenende called in De Gooijer
to draft compromise language for the letter. The letter
defused the conflict in the Dutch parliament over Israel’s
conduct, allowing the Parliament to turn to the more
controversial issue of Afghanistan.
Qcontroversial issue of Afghanistan.

LEVIN


4 Comments to “WikiLeaks: Ruzie Tussen Verhagen en Koenders over Goldstone Rapport”

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  2. avatar Elisabeth says:

    RT @CrethiPlethi: #WikiLeaks: Ruzie Tussen #Verhagen en #Koenders over #Goldstone Rapport | #Israel #Gaza http://j.mp/gqmnWS

  3. […] die zich veel sceptischer opstelde en bovendien gepikeerd was over het gebrek aan overleg. Uit één van de wikileaks cables blijkt de ruzie zo hoog te zijn opgelopen dat Balkenende was genoodzaakt te […]

  4. Goldstone heeft zich ‘vergist’.

    Zie:
    http://www.likud.nl/pers028.html


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