DOS Cable re: European Parliament Adoption of Non-Binding Resolution on Guantanamo Bay, February 7, 2002

State Department cable summarizes a recent plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. At the meeting, the European Parliament reaffirmed its solidarity with the U.S. in the fight against terrorism and recognized that detainees at Guantanamo do not fall within POW status according to the Geneva Conventions.

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Friday, February 8, 2002
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Wednesday, December 29, 2004
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E.O. 12958: N/A
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SUBJECT: EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PLENARY SESSION OF
FEBRUARY 4-7, 2002

1. THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PLENARY SESSION IN
STRASBOURG THIS WEEK WERE:

-ADOPTION OP A NON-BINDING RESOLUTION ON
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PAGE 02OUSEU B 00641 01 OF 03 081646Z GUANTANAMO BAY REAFFIRMING THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT'S SOLIDARITY WITH THE U.S. IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM AND RECOGNIZING THAT THE DETAINEES DO NOT FALL WITHIN THE DEFINITION OF PRISONERS OF WAR ACCORDING TO THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS;
-ADOPTION OF A RESOLUTION ON THE LAMFALLUSSY
REPORT ON FINANCIAL SERVICES PRESENTED BY . KARL VON
WOGAU (EPP, GERMANY) AND UNBLOCKING THE DIFFICULT
INTER-INSTITUTIONAL DISAGREEMENT ON HANDLING
SECONDARY REGULATIONS;

-DEBATE ON THE MIDDLE-EAST IN PRESENCE OF HIGH

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE REVIEW AUTHORITY: SHARON E AHMAD
DATE/CASE ID: 03 NOV 2004 200303827 DOS-001898

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REPRESENTATIVE, JAVIER SOLANA AND COMMISSIONER CHRIS
PATTEN, FOLLOWED BY THE ADOPTION OF A RESOLUTION
SUPPORTING AN EU INITIATIVE IN THE REGION TO HELP
BRING AN END OF VIOLENCE.

-ADOPTION OF A REPORT ON THE GALILEO EUROPEAN
SATELLITE NAVIGATION SYSTEM REJECTING THE
COMMISSION'S PROPOSAL TO INCLUDE THE PRIVATE SECTOR
IN THE JOINT UNDERTAKING BUT SUPPORTING FURTHER
DEVELOPMENT OF THE GALILEO PROJECT;

-JOINT DEBATE WITH COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE
FOLLOWED BY THE ADOPTION OF A NON-BINDING RESOLUTION
ON THE UN MONTERREY CONFERENCE AND FINANCING
DEVELOPMENT.

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2. MEPS VOTED 47 TO 39 WITH 6 ABSTENTIONS, ON
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7, IN FAVOR OF A RESOLUTION ON THE
SITUATION OF THE PRISONERS IN GUANTANAMO. THE
RESOLUTION EMPHASIZES THE NEED TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT
AGAINST TERRORISM ON THE BASIS OF RESPECT FOR THE UN
CHARTER AND SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS. THE US
AUTHORITIES ARE INVITED 'TO GUARANTEE HUMANE
TREATMENT FOR ALL DETAINEES IN GUANTANAMO AS WELL AS
THOSE IN US BASES IN AND AROUND AFGHANISTAN AND TO .
GUARANTEE RESPECT FOR INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW
AND HUMAN RIGHTS NORMS AND PRINCIPLES'. THE
RESOLUTION CALLS ON THE US TO HONOR ITS OBLIGATIONS
UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW WITH REGARD TO RESPECT FOR
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THERE IS A CALL FOR THE REVISION OF
THE GENEVA CONVENTION TO ENSURE THAT TERRORISTS ARE
COVERED IN SITUATIONS WHERE THERE HAS NOT BEEN A
DECLARATION OF WAR. THE UN IS INVITED TO ESTABLISH A
TRIBUNAL TO DEAL WITH AFGHANISTAN AND TO CLARIFY THE
LEGAL STATUS OF PRISONERS.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

3. ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, MEPS APPROVED A
RESOLUTION PUT FORWARD BY KARL VON WOGAU (EPP,
GERMANY) ON BEHALF OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS
COMMITTEE, ENDORSING THE AIM OF ESTABLISHING A
SINGLE MARKET IN FINANCIAL SERVICES AS SOON AS
POSSIBLE. THE VOTE FOLLOWED AN ADDRESS BY

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COMMISSION PRESIDENT ROMANO PRODI IN WHICH HE

COMMITTED THE COMMISSION TO THE COURSE OF ACTION

LAID OUT IN VON WOGAU'S REPORT ON THE SO-CALLED

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LAMFALUSSY EXPERTS GROUP REPORT ON SECURITIES MARKET

LEGISLATION. PRODI'S ADDRESS MET PARLIAMENT'S

CONDITIONS FOR SAFEGUARDING ITS RIGHTS REGARDING
FINANCIAL SERVICES LEGISLATION AND BROUGHT AN END TO

A YEAR LONG, THREE WAY DISPUTE OVER INSTITUTIONAL
PREROGATIVES.

MIDDLE EAST

4. MEPS ADOPTED A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING DISMAY AT
THE CONTINUED SPIRAL OF VIOLENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
IN LIGHT OF THE STATEMENT TO THE HOUSE ON TUESDAY,
FEBRUARY 5 BY JAVIER SOLANA AND FOLLOWING THE
CONCLUSIONS OF THE GENERAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL (EU FM'S)
MEETING OF 28 JANUARY, THE EP MADE THE FOLLOWING
STATEMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS:

-REQUEST BOTH SIDE TO PUT AN END TO TERRORIST
ATTACKS AND ASKED TO RESPECT INTERNATIONAL
CONVENTIONS.

= SHOCK AT THE INTERVIEW GIVEN BY PRIME MINISTER

SHARON ABOUT YASSER ARAFAT.

-SUPPORT FOR AN EU INITIATIVE IN THE REGION TO HELP

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TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
UNCLAS SECTION 02 OF 03 BRUSSELS 000641
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E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PREL,EUN SUBJECT: EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PLENARY SESSION OF FEBRUARY 4-7, 2002
BRING AN END OF VIOLENCE.
-A VIABLE PALESTINIAN STATE IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS FINDING A SOLUTION TO THE CONFLICT AND THE UNCLASSIFIED
PAGE 02OUSED B 00641 02 OF 03 081646Z BEST WAY OF ENSURING ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO SECURITY.
-REGRET ATTEMPTS BY THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO ISOLATE PRESIDENT ARAFAT.
- CALL FOR THE IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL APPLICATION OF THE TENET PLAN AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MITCHELL REPORT AS VITAL TO REDUCING TENSION IN THE AREA.
-REQUEST TO ISRAELI AUTHORITIES TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGE CAUSED TO PALESTINIAN BUILDINGS FINANCED BY THE EU.
-DESIRABILITY OF SENDING INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS TO THE REGION. A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DELEGATION SHOULD VISIT THE REGION IN AN EFFORT TO SECURE PEACE
-THE EP PRESIDENT IS REQUESTED TO INVITE NOBEL PEACE PRIZEWINNERS SHIMON PERES AND YASSER ARAFAT TO ADDRESS THE PARLIAMENT.
GALILEO
5. MEPS APPROVED A NUMBER OF NON-BINDING AMENDMENTS TO THE LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL EXPRESSING PARLIAMENT'S CONCERN OVER THE FINANCING OF THE GALILEO SATELLITE NAVIGATION SYSTEM THAT IS DESIGNED TO GIVE EUROPE AN INDEPENDENT TECHNOLOGY APPLICABLE TO A WIDE RANGE OF

ACTIVITIES. HOWEVER, MEPS ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE
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COMMISSION'S PROPOSAL FOR HOW PRIVATE COMPANIES
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WOULD BECOME ACTUAL MEMBERS OF THE GALILEO JOINT
UNDERTAKING. THEY BELIEVE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST
WOULD ARISE IF PRIVATE COMPANIES WERE DIRECTLY
INVOLVED. THEREFORE, THEY WANT TO RESTRICT
MEMBERSHIP TO THE FOUNDING MEMBERS, THE EUROPEAN
COMMUNITIESAND THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY (ESA), AND
POSSIBLY IN FUTURE THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK.
6. IN ORDER TO INVOLVE THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN THE
JOINT UNDERTAKING, PARLIAMENT SUGGESTS THAT A
DEVELOPMENT COMPANY BE SET UP. MEPS ALSO RECOMMENDED
SETTING A MONITORING COMMITTEE TO OVERSEE THE JOINT
UNDERTAKING IN ORDER TO ENABLE THE MEMBER STATES AND
THE COMMISSION TO SUPERVISE THE CONTENT AND THE
FUNDING OF THE PROGRAM. THE COMMITTEE WOULD MONITOR
THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DEVELOPMENT PHASE AND ALSO
DEAL WITH PRIVACY AND SECURITY ASPECTS OF THE
SYSTEM. COMMENT: WHILE PARLIAMENT'S AMENDMENTS ARE
NON-BINDING, WE WOULD EXPECT THE COMMISSION TO WORK
TO INCORPORATE THEM, IF POSSIBLE, INTO ITS PROPOSAL
FOR THE JOINT UNDERTAKING. IF GALILEO IS APPROVED
FOR FINANCING AT THE ECOFIN AND TRANSPORT COUNCILS
MARCH 5 AND 26 RESPECTIVELY, THE COMMISSION'S
CURRENT PLAN IS TO HAVE THE JOINT UNDERTAKING UP AND
RUNNING:IN JUNE OF 2002. END COMMENT
MONTERREY - DEVELOPMENT FINANCING
7. FOLLOWING THE JOINT DEBATE WITH SPANISH COUNCIL
REPRESENTATIVE, MR. DE MIGUEL, ON WEDNESDAY,
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FEBRUARY 6, THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTED A NON-
BINDING RESOLUTION ON THE UN MONTERREY CONFERENCE ON
THE FINANCING DEVELOPMENT. THE RESOLUTION:
- CALLS ON THE COUNCIL TO ESTABLISH A FIRM TIMETABLE
FOR INCREASING EACH MEMBER STATE'S DEVELOPMENT
CONTRIBUTION TO 0.7,E OF GNP.
- REITERATES ITS COMMITMENT TO THE UN MILLENNIUM
DECLARATION TO REDUCE POVERTY BY HALF BY 2015 AND
REAFFIRMS THAT DEVELOPMENT POLICY IS AN ESSENTIAL

COMPONENT OF THE EU'S EXTERNAL POLICY, ALONGSIDE
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