169601 9/12/2008 13:42 08BUCHAREST727 Embassy Bucharest CONFIDENTIAL 08SECSTATE96598 VZCZCXYZ0008 RR RUEHWEB DE RUEHBM #0727 2561342 ZNY CCCCC ZZH R 121342Z SEP 08 FM AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST TO SECSTATE WASHDC 8706 C O N F I D E N T I A L BUCHAREST 000727
TO ROMANIA DESK OFFICER AND EUR/ERA
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/11/2028 TAGS: PHUM, PREL, PGOV SUBJECT: DEMARCHE RESPONSE: GAERC TALKING POINTS AND GYMNICH READOUT
REF: SECSTATE 96598
Classified By: Political Counselor Ted Tanoue for reasons 1.4 (b) and ( d)
1. (U) Poloff delivered reftel talking points and non-paper on September 10 to Daniel Ionita, Director for Security Policy, and Cosmin Onisii, Director of the U.S. and Canada Division, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania.
2. (C) Commenting on the September 5-6 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Avignon, France (GYMNICH), Ionita said that Romania was one of those nations speaking in favor of establishing "a new format of dialogue" between the European Union and the United States. This would entail inviting the U.S. to GYMNICH in a "27 1" format. No decision was made, Ionita reported.
3. (C) Regarding the proposed observer mission to Georgia, Ionita reported that the matter should be decided at the forthcoming meeting of foreign ministers.
4. (SBU) Ionita said Romania recognizes the importance of the Transatlantic link and stressed the importance of EU-U.S. dialogue in matters such as climate change, energy security and crisis management. TAUBMAN