PP RUEHAG RUEHDF RUEHIK RUEHLZ RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHRL #1569 3261233
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 211233Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY BERLIN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2690
INFO RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC
RUEHC/DEPT OF LABOR WASHINGTON DC
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC
RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE
UNCLAS BERLIN 001569
E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: GERMAN RESPONSE TO DEMARCHE ON
FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT - SHAPING THE OUTCOME
REF: STATE 122053
1. On November 20, Econoff met with Peter
Silberberg, Head of Division, and Dr. Reinhard
Hassenpflug, Deputy Head of Division, of the
MFA's Economic and Development Affairs of the UN
Division, to seek Germany's support for U.S.
priorities with regard to the outcome of the
Financing for Development (FfD) review process.
Silberberg responded that Germany agrees with
the need to affirm the basic principles of the
Monterrey Consensus. The 2002 Monterrey
conference had been the beginning of a "global
partnership for development," he said. He also
maintained that the Monterrey consensus entailed
obligations for both developed and developing
countries. In particular, developing countries
needed to address good governance issues,
especially with regard to capital flight and tax
exemptions; developed countries should assist
them in doing so. As for whether or not the
Doha conference should be the final FfD review
meeting, he said Germany and the EU were
"probably more flexible" than the United States.
Silberberg emphasized that Germany was in full
accord with the EU Council Conclusions on FfD.
2. Silberberg and Hassenpflug reported that the
German delegation would be led by the Minister
for Economic Cooperation and Development,
Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, who is also the
UNSYG's Special Envoy for Financing for
Development. Econoff provided the names of the
U.S. head of delegation and alternate.
3. Demarche points were also shared with
contacts at the Federal Ministries of
Development and Finance.