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Cablegate: Horn of Africa: Further On French Assistance

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RR RUEHDE RUEHROV RUEHTRO
DE RUEHFR #1306 1921413
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 101413Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY PARIS
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3698
INFO RUCNSOM/SOMALIA COLLECTIVE
RUCNIAD/IGAD COLLECTIVE
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME 8900
RUEHSM/AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM 1650
RUEHCP/AMEMBASSY COPENHAGEN 1585
RUEHTC/AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE 2998
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 2927
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 1546

UNCLAS PARIS 001306

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID PREF DJ ER ET KE SO FR
SUBJECT: HORN OF AFRICA: FURTHER ON FRENCH ASSISTANCE

REF: A. PARIS 1293
B. STATE 69644

(SBU) Following transmission of ref A, we received
additional comments on ref B demarche from MFA desk officer
Thierry Caboche on July 9. He said that France shared the
USG's concern for the humanitarian and food crises plaguing
the Horn of Africa. He noted that France had doubled its
humanitarian assistance to Somalia ("a priority for us"),
amounting to 3.5 million euro (USD 5.5 million) for 2008.
Concerning a possible supplementary contribution, Caboche
said that a decision on a second tranche of food aid (which
would take into account all other regions of the world) for
2008 would be made in the autumn of 2008. At that time, he
said, the MFA's AF Bureau would be competing with the
priorities of the MFA's other offices for resources, but that
the AF Bureau would make the case for additional assistance
for the Horn of Africa, "taking into account the very grave
humanitarian situation in the region."


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

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