C O N F I D E N T I A L MADRID 000987
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/12/2018
TAGS: PREL, ETRD, GG, KV, SP
SUBJECT: DEPUTY CHIEF OF MISSION'S SEPTEMBER 12,2009,
MEETING WITH NEW DG FOR EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA
REF: STATE 97574
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Arnold A. Chacon, Reasons 1.4b,
1. (C) Summary: Deputy Chief of Mission Chacon called
September 12, 2009, on new MFA Director General for Europe
(non-UE) and North America Luis Felipe Fernandez de La Pena.
They discussed the bilateral relationship, Georgia, Kosovo,
and intellectual property rights. End summary.
2. (C) The DCM reviewed the bilateral relationship, noting
its fundamental strength and stressing that meetings being
planned for the margins of UNGA offered an opportunity for
frank dialogue on the key issues. Fernandez de la Pena
agreed that the U.S. and Spain had strong political and
economic relations but argued relations could be even
stronger if both countries made a greater effort to turn the
page on the differences of the past. He indicated his focus
would be on developing a positive agenda that would include
not only government-to-government contacts but increased
cultural and civil society relations.
3. (C) Turning to Georgia, the DCM reviewed the U.S. position
and delivered a copy of the reftel non-paper. Fernandez de
la Pena said the EU response to Russia's actions had been
rapid and united, something the EU had not always achieved.
He said the EU's united front on this occasion made it a more
consistent partner for the U.S.
4. (C) Taking up the theme of partnership, the DCM noted U.S.
and Spanish differences on Kosovo as well as rumors that
Spain was lobbying other countries (e.g., in Latin America)
against recognition. He noted this was an issue that might
come in meetings with U.S. officials on the margins of UNGA.
Fernandez de la Pena insisted there was a misperception that
Spain was lobbying regarding Kosovo. He distinguished
between explaining the Spanish position (which he described
as "coherent") when asked and actively campaigning against
recognition. He said emphatically that Spain was not
5. (C) The DCM raised IPR and Spain's appearance of the
Special 301 watchlist, urging that the GOS take strong action
against internet piracy. Fernandez de la Pena seemed
unfamiliar with the issue but promised to give it his