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Cablegate: Canada Concerned About Redundancy of G8 Initiative

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P 072113Z MAY 08
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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7813
INFO RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO PRIORITY 3352

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STATE FOR WHA/CAN AND EEB/TFS
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON EFIN PREL PTER KTFN CA
SUBJECT: CANADA CONCERNED ABOUT REDUNDANCY OF G8 INITIATIVE
ON TERRORIST ABUSE OF CHARITIES

REF: SECSTATE 46472

1. (U) On May 5 Econoff delivered reftel points to Yves
Beaulieu, Deputy Director, International Crime and Terrorism,
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Beaulieu confirmed that Canada had received the proposal on
April 10 and stated that Canada share the USG's concern
regarding terrorist abuse of charities. However, Beaulieu
stated that the Government of Canada did not have a position
on the USG initiative.

2. (SBU) On May 7 Beaulieu stated that:
"We take (this issue) very seriously. Canada is concerned
about the manipulation and abuse of the charitable sector by
terrorists and terrorist groups. We note that the FATF is
already working on this issue via its work on Special
Recommendation 8. We are seeking clarification on how the
proposed G-8 Financial Ministers' action plan would
complement or add incremental value to the work already being
undertaken by FATF."

3. (U) EEB/TFS has asked U.S. Department of Treasury
officials to contact Beaulieu to clarify how the G-8
Initiative will complement the FATF's work.

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