DE RUEHJM #2513 3411235
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 071235Z DEC 07
FM AMCONSUL JERUSALEM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9925
INFO RUEHXK/ARAB ISRAELI COLLECTIVE
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 3711
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC C O N F I D E N T I A L JERUSALEM 002513
EEB FOR PDAS DIBBLE; NEA FOR FRONT OFFICE; NEA/IPA FOR
GOLDBERGER, SHAMPAINE, BELGRADE; NSC FOR
ABRAMS/SINGH/PASCUAL; TREASURY FOR HIRSON; BRUSSELS FOR
LERNER; PARIS FOR DWYER
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/05/2017
SUBJECT: PDAS DIBBLE: MEETINGS TO ADVANCE PARIS DONORS'
Classified By: Consul General Jake Walles, for reasons 1.4 b, d
1. (SBU) Summary: EEB PDAS Elizabeth Dibble met on November
29 in Jerusalem with officials from the World Bank and IMF,
the PA Ministry of Planning, the French Consulate and the
Office of the Quartet Representative (OQR) to discuss
planning for the December 17 Paris Donors' Conference and to
solicit support for the PA's immediate financial needs. End
Palestinian Reform and Development Plan a Good Tool
2. (SBU) PDAS Dibble met separately in Jerusalem on November
29 with key participants in the planning process for the
Paris Donors' Conference, including local heads of the World
Bank and IMF; Dr. Cairo Arafat, Director General for Aid
Management and Coordination at the PA Ministry of Planning;
Amb. Bandler and other members of Quartet Representative
Blair's team; and French Consul General Alain Remy. All
agreed that the summary of the Palestinian Reform and
Development Plan (PRDP) produced by the PA is an impressive
document that will provide a solid basis for pledges on the
17th. World Bank head David Craig thought the plan's
sectoral programs, particularly security sector reform,
require more specificity. French CG Remy said donors should
"keep pressing" the PA to complete PRDP revisions, with
annexes that fill in details on sectoral programs, in time
for the Paris Donors' Conference. PDAS Dibble agreed that
more work needed to be done, but that the document provided
by the PA is more than sufficient for the purposes of pledges
on the 17th. In the end, she emphasized, it is vital that
the international community respond to and support PA
3. (SBU) French CG Remy said PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad
will present the summary of the PRDP on December 10 in
Brussels. He hoped Fayyad would address the European
Parliament in Strasbourg to help overcome skepticism about
increased EU assistance, now estimated at 310 million Euros
(though he said that he hoped that number could be increased
to 500 million Euros).
Follow-up Vital to Success at Paris
4. (C) PDAS Dibble noted that the Paris Conference is the
beginning, not the end, of a process to support the PA. She
stressed the importance of follow-up with donors on pledges
and implementation by the PA of their commitments. She noted
that existing donor mechanisms, including the AHLC and Local
Development Forum, are more than adequate for the task. She
emphasized the need to avoid having donors condition
assistance to the PA on actions beyond its control (such as
restrictions on access and movement). (Note: a couple of her
interlocutors suggested that the UK's recent pledge of 500
million USD over three years was just so conditioned. End
Note) She credited the PA for including a follow-up
mechanism in its planning document, and supported continuing
World Bank and IMF efforts to assist the PA and report to
donors on implementation.
5. (SBU) PDAS Dibble was told that the four co-chairs (Blair,
French FM Kouchner, Norwegian FM Stoere, and EC Commissioner
Ferrero-Waldner) expected to play a role in following up with
donors on their pledges. She agreed that continued attention
at the political level was important, but that such a
structure need not be formalized. There are already
important opportunities, through the AHLC and the Quartet, to
ensure proper coordination.
Gulf Money Key to Success
6. (C) The World Bank's Craig and French CG Remy both called
Gulf State donations at Paris "the big question." Remy said
the French MFA is "mobilizing" to solicit Gulf support.
OQR's Tor Wennesland said the Saudis and Emirates gave Blair
positive signals during his recent swing through the Gulf,
but offered no specifics.
7. (U) PDAS Dibble cleared this cable.
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