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Cablegate: Norway Unlikely to Provide Lebanese Army Assistance

VZCZCXRO3842
PP RUEHROV
DE RUEHNY #0718 1861506
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 051506Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY OSLO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5951
INFO RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHLB/AMEMBASSY BEIRUT PRIORITY 0117
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA PRIORITY 1063
RUEHWL/AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON PRIORITY 0386
RUEHXK/ARAB ISRAELI COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L OSLO 000718

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

PM/RSAT (AHUSAIN), NEA/ELA (MIRWIN), ODC-BEIRUT (AOGLESBEE)

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/05/2017
TAGS: MASS MARR MOPS PGOV PREL LE NZ AS NATO EU NO
SUBJECT: NORWAY UNLIKELY TO PROVIDE LEBANESE ARMY ASSISTANCE

REF: STATE 93173

Classified By: DCM Kevin M. Johnson, Reasons 1.4(b) and (d)

(C) On July 5 we delivered reftel points to MFA Deputy
Director General for Global Security and Bilateral Relations
Leif Larsen, who will share the information with MFA
colleagues in the Middle East and Export Control sections.
He noted Norway's stringent export regulations which prohibit
providing material to countries in war, or where conflict is
threatened. Larsen also opined that, even if Norway could
provide the requested ammunition, it would be impossible to
deliver such ammunition in the aggressive deadline outlined
under the reftel points. DATT has separately raised this
matter with MOD colleagues.
Whitney

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