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Cablegate: Canada and Participation in Int'l Compact With

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R 081937Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY OTTAWA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7826
INFO RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD 0084
RUEHSM/AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM 2047
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASH DC

UNCLAS OTTAWA 000639

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STATE FOR NEA/I/ECON (TAECKER)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CA EAID ECON EFIN IZ PGOV PREL EINV
SUBJECT: CANADA AND PARTICIPATION IN INT'L COMPACT WITH
IRAQ MINISTERIAL

REF: A. SECSTATE 43799

B. OTTAWA 506
C. OTTAWA 423
D. OTTAWA 279

Sensitive but unclassified

(sbu) Canada plans to be represented at the "political level"
-- possibly by Deputy Foreign Minister Leonard Edwards -- at
the May 29 International Compact with Iraq Ministerial in
Stockholm, according to Foreign Affairs and International
Trade's Deputy Director for Iran/Iraq Jeffrey McLaren.
McLaren stated that Canada had no plans to pledge new funds
in Stockholm, but noted that Canada had recently earmarked
$15 million to the International Reconstruction Fund Facility
for Iraq (IRFFI) from Canada's overall $300 million allocated
for Iraq reconstruction (see ref d). This $15 million, he
said, brings Canada's total IRFFI contributions to $115
million. (Comment: Ref b provides an insight into Canada's
view of funding Iraqi reconstruction and ref c notes that
Canada has taken in double its allotted number of Iraqi
refugees. End Comment)

Visit Canada,s Economy and Environment Forum at
http://www.intelink.gov/communities/state/can ada

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