83082 10/25/2006 17:17 06USNATO635 Mission USNATO CONFIDENTIAL 06BUCHAREST1619|06LISBON2361|06SECSTATE175933|06USNATO582 VZCZCXYZ0021 OO RUEHWEB DE RUEHNO #0635 2981717 ZNY CCCCC ZZH O 251717Z OCT 06 FM USMISSION USNATO TO RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN IMMEDIATE 0475 RUEHBM/AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST IMMEDIATE 2366 RUEHLI/AMEMBASSY LISBON IMMEDIATE 0381 RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON IMMEDIATE 0112 RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS IMMEDIATE 0213 RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0159 INFO RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE RUEHNO/USDELMC BRUSSELS BE IMMEDIATE RUEAIIA/CIA IMMEDIATE RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC IMMEDIATE RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE C O N F I D E N T I A L USNATO 000635
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/25/2016 TAGS: NATO, PREL, MARR, RO, PO SUBJECT: VENUE FOR 2008 NATO SUMMIT
REF: A. A. SECSTATE 175933 B. B. USNATO 582 C. C. LISBON 2361 D. D. BUCHAREST 1619
Classified By: Ambassador Victoria Nuland for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).
1. (C) Ambassador Nuland delivered reftel A talking points to key Ally Ambassadors (strictly protect) on October 24, informing them of U.S. support for Romania as host for the 2008 NATO summit. German Perm Rep Duckwitz said Berlin was still reviewing the options, though they previously had supported Portugal. UK Perm Rep Eldon said the UK was also leaning toward Lisbon out of preference for an older ally to host the 2008 Summit and because Portugal asked first. French Perm Rep Duque said France was open to Romania as host, but remained undecided.
2. (C) Ambassador also delivered the talking points on an individual basis to other Allied Perm Reps, most of whom still had no instructions. A very angry Portugese Perm Rep Gomes raised the issue with the Ambassador privately and accused the U.S. of insufficient warning to Portugal of its decision. He said Portugal intended to keep its candidacy open.
3. (C) We will continue to inform and lobby delegations on an individual basis. NULAND