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Cablegate: Somalia Icg Meeting: France to Attend As Part Of

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL EAID PGOV SO FR
SUBJECT: SOMALIA ICG MEETING: FRANCE TO ATTEND AS PART OF
EU DELEGATION

REF: A. STATE 41385

B. GAREY-KANEDA E-MAIL (4/23)

1. (SBU) In response to ref A demarche, MFA acting Somalia
desk officer Frederic Bouvier said on April 23 that the
French had been in discussion with the Norwegian organizers
of the April 30 Somalia International Contact Group meeting.
Bouvier said that France would attend, but only as part of
the EU delegation. Bouvier said that Somalia desk officer
Thierry Caboche would be the French representative. Bouvier
remarked that attendance as part of the EU delegation was not
a problem in terms of France's not being an "official"
individual member of the ICG. The recent piracy incident in
Somalia had raised French interest in issues involving
Somalia, he commented. This was reflected in France's work
on regional piracy issues at the UN and in its interest in
the April 30 Oslo meeting. He said that the MFA would inform
us if it had any comments on ref A points.

2. (SBU) In a brief April 24 follow-up exchange, Bouvier
said that the French were "perfectly comfortable" with the
approach set forth in ref A points.

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