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Cablegate: Finland: Regional and International Contributions

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R 090653Z APR 08
FM AMEMBASSY HELSINKI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4225
INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE
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TAGS: PREF PHUM PREL FI
SUBJECT: FINLAND: REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS
TO ASSIST IRAQI REFUGEES

REF: STATE 30028

1. (U) PolOff delivered reftel demarche to Leena
Pylvanainen, Regional Manager of the Finnish MFA's Office
of Middle East and North Africa, and to Ilkka Rentola,
Counsellor, Unit for Human Rights Policy and Irma
Lescelius, Unit for Humanitarian Assistance, April 2.
Pylvanainen said Finland allocated one million euros last
week to the UNHCR supplementary appeal for Iraq. She added
that an additional 800,000 euros will go to WHO as part of
a related UN health appeal. The GoF made a further
contribution in January 2008 earmarked for assistance to
refugees and internally displaced persons in Iraq via the
UN Trust Fund. She noted that Finland, in addition to
bilateral contributions, also continues to contribute via
the EU.

2. (U) Rentola stated that Finland resettles approximately
750 UNHCR referral refugees annually. In 2007,
approximately 200 of those were Iraqis who came via Amman
and Damascus. As of February, Finland resettled 56 Iraqi
UNHCR referrals, and hopes to resettle a total of 300 in
2008. Finland also accepted an additional 127 Iraqi asylum
applicants in 2007 that did not come via UNHCR referral.
HYATT

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