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1.(SBU) We delivered reftel demarche to the Greek Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Development on June 18, 2009.
Both agencies emphasized Greece's strong support for IRENA and
encouraged the United States to sign on to the statute. They also
requested U.S. support for the Greek candidate for Interim Director
General and concurred with the U.S. preference for UAE headquarters
for the agency.
2.(SBU) In a June 23 meeting with POL officer and Senior ECON FSN,
Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister of Development Ambassador
Nicolas Matthioudakis and Special Secretary for International
Energy Policy Elizabeth Typaldos-Loverdos underscored Greek support
for IRENA and encouraged the United States to sign on to the
statute. Matthioudakis and Typaldos-Loverdos expressed
understanding that the United States will need Congressional
support in order to reach agreement, but voiced optimism that the
Obama Administration's interest in "green" issues would help to
produce positive results. Matthioudakis also expressed hope that
any technical legal issues that the United States has with the
statute would be resolved by the June 28-30 meeting in Egypt and
would not require amendment to the statute itself.
3.(SBU) Greece signed the IRENA statute on January 26, 2009 and
Matthioudakis estimated that Greece will complete the ratification
process by the end of 2009. He views IRENA as an opportunity for a
global renewable energy platform, with a role "to help developing
countries to green." Matthioudakis emphasized Greece's desire to
see the agency created in a "cautious and intelligent way,"
particularly in its relations with other international
4.(SBU) Both the MFA and Ministry of Development requested U.S.
support for Mr. Arthouros Zervos, the Greek candidate for Interim
Director General of IRENA. They shared a hard copy of Mr. Zervos'
curriculum vitae with PolOff. (Note: A scanned copy of Mr.
Zervos' C.V. will be emailed to the Washington POCs listed in
reftel point 17. End Note)
5.(SBU) In support of their nomination of Mr. Zervos for Interim
Director General, Greece will field a high-level delegation to the
June 28-30 meeting in Egypt, to include:
Ambassador Eleftherios Angelopoulos, General Director for Economic
Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ambassador Nicolas Matthioudakis, Diplomatic Advisor to the
Minister of Development
Ioannis Bougas, Deputy Minister of Industry at the Ministry of
Elisabeth Typaldos-Loverdos, Special Secretary for International
Energy Policy at the Ministry of Development
6.(SBU) Matthioudakis noted that Greece will also support UAE's
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7.(U) Greek media reported that Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis
met with her UAE counterpart, Sheikh Abdallah Bin Zayid Al Nayaham,
on June 22 and discussed UAE's "extremely competitive candidacy"
for IRENA's headquarters, as well as the Greek candidate for
Interim Director General.