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Cablegate: Aid for Horn of Africa: France Discussing

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TAGS: EAID PREF DJ ER ET KE SO FR
SUBJECT: AID FOR HORN OF AFRICA: FRANCE DISCUSSING
MARITIME PATROLS WITH SWEDEN

REF: STATE 69644

(SBU) In response to reftel demarche on boosting
humanitarian assistance to Horn of Africa countries, MFA desk
officer Thierry Caboche said on July 8 that France would
study the issue and consider ways of increasing French
contributions, although he noted MFA-wide budget constraints
and other regions around the world that warranted assistance.
Regarding European maritime patrols to protect WFP ships, he
said that France had performed this duty from November
2007-January 2008, with Denmark and the Netherlands taking
over for, respectively, the January-April and April-June 23
periods. Caboche said that France was now discussing with
Sweden the possibility of Sweden's assuming this function.

Please visit Paris' Classified Website at:
http://www.intelink.sgov.gov/wiki/Portal:Fran ce

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