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1. (C) Summary: Polmiloff discussed reftel A points with Ceta
Noland (Policy Advisor, Nuclear Affairs and Non-Proliferation
Division, MFA) September 6. Noland stated that the Dutch can
support the U.S. proposal on North Korea, as it allows states
to pursue its goals on a "case by case basis" according to
national means. However, Noland expressed concern over the
so-called "Syria Model" strategy to announce support for a
proposal that does not gain MTCR consensus. While noting
that the Netherlands could publicly support the proposal at
Madrid, she feared the precedent set in Seoul and possibly
again in Madrid may damage the MTCR. Polmiloff delivered
papers per reftels in preparation for the Madrid MTCR
plenary. Noland briefly highlighted presentation topics the
Dutch planned to deliver during the plenary. End Summary.
U.S. Proposal on North Korea
2. (C) Noland noted that the Netherlands considers North
Korea a state "of great concern" and can support the U.S.
proposal to monitor the activities of North Korean vessels.
Noland explained that current Dutch and EU legislation
actually prevents them from designating end users or
employing company black lists -- this hampers their ability
to pursue initiatives like the U.S. proposal. On the other
hand, the proposal allows states to decide for themselves on
a case-by-case basis how best to accomplish its goals. She
added that strengthened Dutch legislation to be implemented
in 2007 will allow the Dutch to pursue such initiatives more
3. (C) Noland stated that the Netherlands will publicly
support the U.S. proposal during the MTCR plenary. She
expressed concerns, however, regarding the precedent set in
Seoul in 2004 and possibly again in Madrid. By side-stepping
MTCR consensus, Noland questioned whether the so-called
"Syria Model" might harm the MTCR as a consensus-building
regime over the long term.
Other MTCR Papers
4. (S) Polmiloff delivered MTCR papers from Refs B, C, and D
to Noland on August 31, September 6, and 7, respectively.
Noland doubted that the Dutch would be able to provide
comments in time for the plenary.
Dutch MTCR Presentations
5. (C) Noland noted that the Dutch will have four
presentations for the plenary; unfortunately, they will not
be completed in time for prior circulation. For the
information exchange, the Dutch will present on: Libya's
missile ambitions; Non-Strategic and Non Dual-Use Procurement
in the Netherlands; and a recent aluminum export case to Iran
(no further details). The Dutch will also provide an update
of the Henk Slebos case -- along the lines of their
presentation in the Nuclear Suppliers' Group -- during the