|00THEHAGUE1926||2000-06-27 09:00:00||CONFIDENTIAL||Embassy The Hague|
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C O N F I D E N T I A L THE HAGUE 001926
1.(C) Responding to ref A demarche on 6/26, Dutch MFA UN
Political Affairs expert Marjolijn van Deelen told A/Polcouns
that the Dutch would look skeptically upon a UNSC resolution
calling for the lifting of sanctions on Sudan. According to
Van Deelen, the burden of proof lies with those who maintain
Sudan is complying with UNSCR 1044. The MFA, she said, would
study the ref B non-paper forwarded last week, but was prone
to agree with Washington that Khartoum had not done enough to
rein in terrorist group present in Sudan. Along these lines,
Van Deelen said that the Dutch would be interested in a
readout of the ongoing U.S.-Sudan talks.
2.(C) Addressing Cairo's softened stance toward Khartoum, Van
Deelen was curious why the U.S. appraisal of Egyptian
terrorist groups EIJ and Al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya differed
with Egypt's. A/Polcouns countered that Cairo's policy was
based on its assessment of its own interests, which may or
may not take into account the existing threat to U.S. or
European interests, nor the language of UNSCR 1044.
3.(C) Reviewing the Secretary's oral message, Van Deelen
quibbled only with an apparent parallel drawn between lifting
sanctions and rehabilitation of Sudan. The lifting of
sanctions, she stressed, should be pegged to Sudanese
compliance with UNSCR 1044, she said. Rehabilitation,
however, should come only with Khartoum's improved behavior
in a variety of areas in addition to terrorism, namely human
rights and the peace process.