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Cablegate: Spain On Support for Mali and Community Of

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SUBJECT: SPAIN ON SUPPORT FOR MALI AND COMMUNITY OF
DEMOCRACIES

REF: STATE 129764

1. (U) Poloff spoke with Juan Manuel Linares, Spanish Deputy
Director General for the United Nations, October 2 about
Spanish support for the Community of Democracies and
specifically for Mali's effort to organize a successful
Ministerial meeting in November. Linares said that of course
Spain is a strong supporter of and has participated in the
Community of Democracies since the first conference organized
by Secretary Albright in Praque. Linares said Spain will do
what it can to support Mali's effort with the Ministerial, as
Mali is an important Spanish neighbor and potential leader in
Africa. Linares noted, however, that Spain has only just
opened its embassy in Bamako and currently has only one
diplomat in Mali, such that Spain could provide little in the
way of logistical support. Linares was still waiting for a
readout of Mali's October 1 meeting in New York on the
program and agenda, but he undertook to discuss the issue
further with the Embassy going forward.

2. (U) On Spanish support for the UN Democracy Fund, Linares
noted that Spain contributed USD one million in 2006, USD 1.3
million in 2007 and will give more in 2008.
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