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E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PREL, AORC, EU, EUN, UNGA, UNGA/C-5, NL SUBJECT: NETHERLANDS/UN: UN REFORM AND LIFTING THE BUDGET CAP
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1. (SBU) Poloff delivered demarche on UN management reform and lifting the budget cap to Alain Ancion at the Dutch MFA's Office of UN Management Reform Office on June 27. Per instructions, Poloff also provided a copy of the draft resolution for the MFA to review.
2. (SBU) Ancion was supportive of the U.S. initiative but pessimistic that it would succeed. He said he was disappointed some of the proposed Dutch reforms -- such as a consolidated peace-keeping budget -- did not make it into the draft resolution, but recognized this was probably due to Japanese sensitivities. Ancion expected stiff resistance to point 9 of the draft resolution, particularly from Russia.
3. (SBU) Ancion expressed surprise that some countries with a history of working closely with Australia and Japan -- i.e., New Zealand and Canada -- had not participated more actively in drafting the the resolution. He felt it was a missed opportunity for further consultations in finding more resolutions. Ancion conceded, however, that the draft resolution was probably the most logical outcome of the consultations.
4. (SBU) Finally, Ancion argued that the G-77 will remain highly suspicious of the EU, US, and UN, and predicted the group would take a minimalist approach while seeking a broad negotiation of the resolution. The Dutch, on the other hand, view the link between UN reform and the budget cap as an ideal way to make progress in UN management reform. Getting any resolution, he concluded, would be a good thing, but the process will clarify the limits of what sort of reforms in UN management can be achieved in the current environment. BLAKEMAN