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10BRUSSELS4 2010-01-04 13:01 2010-12-03 21:09 CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN Embassy Brussels

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Articles TAGS PREL, PGOV, EU, SENV, PINR, BE
SUBJECT: EU PRESIDENT VAN ROMPUY’S PLANS FOLLOWING
Brazil COPENHAGEN AND FOR AFGHANISTAN
Sri Lanka REF: 2009 STATE 122247
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Editorial ¶1. (C//NF) Summary: The Ambassador discussed the Conference of Parties (COP)
United States Conference in Copenhagen and Afghanistan with EU Council Permanent President Herman
Van Rompuy over coffee December 23 after delivering the congratulatory letter
(reftel) from President Obama. Van Rompuy called the Copenhagen Conference a
Browse latest releases disaster in which Europe was excluded and mistreated. He predicted Mexico COP 16
would be a disaster as well, and added that multilateral conferences would not
2010/12/06 resolve the climate problem. He proposed coming to an agreement between the EU and
2010/12/05 the United States during the possible upcoming U.S. - EU Summit in Madrid, and then
2010/12/04 approaching China to achieve a workable solution. On Afghanistan, Van Rompuy opined
2010/12/03 that no one in Europe believed in Afghanistan anymore. He said Europe was going
2010/12/02 along in deference to the United States; there must be results in 2010, or
Afghanistan is over for Europe. End Summary.
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¶2. (U) As instructed (reftel), I delivered the letter of congratulations from
President Obama to new EU Council Permanent President Herman Van Rompuy on December
Browse by creation date 23. The meeting was arranged by his new Chief of Staff Frans Van Daele. I did not
mean to engage in any substantive discussions nor enter into a domain better left
66 72 75 79 86 88 89 90 to Ambassador Kennard. However, both Van Daele and Van Rompuy are friends of mine,
03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 and they invited me to have some coffee for about an hour. Given the holiday
period, the EU Building was virtually empty and both men seemed to have time to
Browse by origin spare. We first discussed many social pleasantries: moving to new office space, the
holidays, and family.
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K L M N O P R S Copenhagen was a disaster for Europe
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¶3. (C//NF) Van Rompuy raised the recent COP 15 conference in Copenhagen, calling
Browse by tag it an “incredible disaster.” He was not angry, in the sense that he never seems
angry, but he was as animated and as frustrated as I have seen him. He thought that
A B C D E F G H Europe had been “totally excluded” and was “mistreated.” He thought the only
I J K L M N O P saving grace was that he was not there. Van Rompuy said, “had I been there, my
Q R S T U V W X Presidency would have been over before it began.” He said he was criticized for not
Y Z being present in Copenhagen, and added that he did not need to be there because he
does not start in his new position until January 1. He thought it was a wise
decision not to attend the conference despite the pressure.
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¶4. (C//NF) I responded by saying that I had no idea what actually happened since I
CONFIDENTIAL was not there, but offered that from the reports I was seeing, it looked more like
CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN a chaotic meeting had occurred rather than any decision to exclude Europe. But Van
SECRET Rompuy did not give that explanation much credence, responding, “they could
SECRET//NOFORN certainly have called Europe and told us to come.”
UNCLASSIFIED ¶5. (C//NF) Van Rompuy did seem to ascribe some blame to Europe. He said, “no one
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR knows who to call: Merkel, Barroso, who knows who.” He said he planned to take
OFFICIAL USE ONLY control of getting Europe on the same page. He mentioned that he had scheduled an
informal EU meeting in February to discuss the economy, but he was now going to use
Community resources the meeting to discuss Copenhagen in addition to the economy. He intends to get the
EU lined up.
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Digg this page ¶6. (C//NF) Van Rompuy said he has, “given up on Mexico City,” with Van Daele
calling the planned U.N. COP 16 meeting to be held there November to December 2010
courage is contagious “Nightmare on Elm Street 2,” and stating, “who wants to see that horror movie
again.” Van Rompuy said, “multilateral meetings will not work.” He indicated that
Europe first had to get on the same page; then Europe had to meet with the U.S.;
and finally they (I think he meant Europe and the U.S.) had to meet as well with
China. Rather than waiting for a failure at Mexico City, he intends to address

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Copenhagen issues with the United States at Madrid; he envisioned engaging China
thereafter. In his mind, talks with the U.S. would have to focus on Madrid and
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not Mexico City.

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¶7. (C//NF) We talked briefly about my having opened the residence to the press to
watch President Obama,s Afghanistan speech live at 2:00 am Belgian time on December
1. That led Van Rompuy briefly to address Afghanistan. He said it was, “the last
chance. Europe is doing it and will go along out of deference to the United States
but not out of deference to Afghanistan. No one believes in Afghanistan any more.
But we will give it 2010 to see results. If it doesn,t work, that will be it
because it is the last chance. And if a Belgian gets killed, it would be over for
Belgium right then.”

¶8. (U) We parted with holiday wishes and talked about seeing an Anderlecht
football (soccer) game soon. I told him I was leaving him in the good hands of U.S.
Ambassador to the EU Bill Kennard but would continue to see him socially.
¶9. (C//NF) Comment: Van Rompuy’s Chief of Staff Frans Van Daele is Belgium’s
premier diplomat. He is a former Ambassador to the United States, Permanent
Representative to NATO, to the EU, and most recently, Chief of Staff to outgoing
Belgian Foreign Minister, and now Prime Minister Yves Leterme. Much of what Van
Rompuy said might be attributed to the pro-American Van Daele, who could have
recommended that this appointment be used to deliver the messages on Copenhagen and
Afghanistan. End Comment.
EASON .

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