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04THEHAGUE1898 2004-07-28 14:23:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy The Hague
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SETTING THE AGENDA FOR SEPTEMBER'S AHLC MEETING -

Tags:   KWBG EAID PREL NL UN 
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					  C O N F I D E N T I A L THE HAGUE 001898 

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/27/2014
TAGS: KWBG EAID PREL NL UN
SUBJECT: SETTING THE AGENDA FOR SEPTEMBER'S AHLC MEETING -
WHY THE WORLD BANK LEAD?

REF: SECSTATE 162864

Classified By: Andrew Schofer, PolCouns, for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)



1. (C) Poloff delivered reftel demarche to Gerard Steeghs,
MFA Deputy Director for the UN and IFIs, on July 28. Steeghs
quickly focused on the large role for the World Bank outlined
in the points. Characterizing the Palestinian/Israeli
disengagement project as "hyperpolitical," he observed both
that the Bank normally eschews a major political role and
that it is not known for doing such work well. Steeghs was
"surprised at the confidence that the Bank is getting."



2. (C) Steeghs noted the prominence in the paper of
Palestinian obligations on security and suggested it would be
useful to mention the Israeli obligations with equal
prominence. Poloff drew on reftel's extra points for Quartet
capitals to explain Israel's desire to be flexible and
creative to make the plan work.



3. (C) Steeghs will be in Washington later this week for WB
meetings on other matters. He has good connections inside the
WB Netherlands constituency office, where he worked 1992 -
1995 and which represents Israeli interests at the Bank. He
promised to consult colleagues there, including an Israeli in
the office, to learn more about WB plans and then get back to
us next week.
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