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C O N F I D E N T I A L BOGOTA 003523
FOR WHA, WHA/AND; NSC FOR BARTON
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/14/2015 TAGS: PHUM CO SUBJECT: EUROPEAN EMBASSIES UNHAPPY WITH CHR CHAIR STATEMENT ON COLOMBIA
REF: BOGOTA 2650
Classified By: Ambassador William B. Wood for reasons 1.4 (b) & (d)
1. (C) Dutch Ambassador Frans B.A.M. van Haren told Ambassador on April 13 that he and other European chiefs of mission in Bogota were unhappy with the chair statement on Colombia, currently being negotiated between Luxembourg and Colombia at the CHR. van Haren, who serves as EU president here in the absence of a diplomatic mission from Luxembourg, said EU reps thought the initial draft was too tough and sent three pages of suggestions to Brussels to balance it out. However, director of the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia Michael Fruhling arrived in Brussels to attend the COLAT meeting where he made a "persuasive pitch" for a tough statement in Geneva. So far, according to van Haren, Luxembourg has refused to take any of the changes from Bogota-based EU missions and Brussels is inclined to support the Luxembourg/Fruhling approach. van Haren asked that we make USDel aware of this situation and to monitor negotiations closely.
2. (C) Ambassador responded that, with High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour scheduled to arrive in Bogota on May 11, the chair statement needed to reflect all our concerns and had come out right. If the text came out wrong, her visit would also. He urged van Haren to inform his own delegation in Geneva of the situation and ensure they and other EU missions in Geneva had the right instructions, using two key benchmarks: the EU statement on Colombia released in early December and the G-24's Cartagena Declaration of February 3, to which the entire EU signed on.
3. (C) Comment: van Haren said he and his EU colleagues were moving to a "war footing" against Michael Fruhling. He hopes to secure an EU consensus that Fruhling needs to move on to another assignment before Arbour's arrival in Bogota. The Canadian also expressed frustration with Fruhling to polcouns on April 14 over his public criticism of the GOC demobilization law which passed the first committees of the house and senate on April 12. Ambassador Jean-Marc Duvall said it was inappropriate for Fruhling to be commenting in this fashion and had reported this to Ottawa. Embassy agrees with the Brazilian Ambassador that Fruhling acts more like a professor administering a pass/fail test than someone attempting to constructively improve human rights here. WOOD