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Cablegate: Nz Updates On Iraq Compact Signing and Refugee

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TAGS: EAID EFIN PREL PGOV UN IZ NZ
SUBJECT: NZ UPDATES ON IRAQ COMPACT SIGNING AND REFUGEE
ASSISTANCE

REF: A. WELLINGTON 290
B. WELLINGTON 315
C. STATE 40708
D. STATE 46243

1. (U) Ref A reported that Embassy Wellington had asked NZ
officials whether New Zealand would participate in the
signing of the Iraq Compact. On May 1, Darryl Dunn, Director
of the Mideast Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Trade, told Pol-Econ Couns that PM Clark has approved New
Zealand support for the Iraq Compact. The NZ Ambassador in
Cairo, Rene Wilson, will sign (or signal support in whatever
way is preferred) at the May 3 Compact meeting in Sharm
el-Sheikh.

2. (U) Ref B reported that the GNZ was considering increasing
financial assistance to Iraqi refugees. On April 30, Foreign
Minister Peters announced that New Zealand will give NZD
million (about USD 750k) to the UN refugee agency UNHCR to
assist Iraqis displaced within Iraq as well as those who have
fled to neighboring countries. Post has sent the complete
text of Peters' statement to EAP/ANP's Kelly McKellogg and
Tom Vajda.
McCormick

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