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Cablegate: Third Planning Meeting for Tokyo

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

120409Z Mar 03

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 COLOMBO 000413

SIPDIS


FOR SA,SA/INS,D

PASS TO USAID AMBASSADOR, WENDY CHAMBERLAIN, AA/ANE; GORDON
WEST, DAA/ANE; JAMES BEVER AND BERNADETTE BUNDY, ANE/SA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID CE LTTE
SUBJECT: THIRD PLANNING MEETING FOR TOKYO


1. The third planning meeting of the Tokyo Core Group was
held on March 10. The Japanese Ambassador said that his
Government was waiting for confirmations from countries
asked to co-chair the Tokyo Conference. Subsequent to the
co-chair confirmations the Japanese would determine which
countries and organizations should attend but he anticipated
that EU members, ASEAN, SARC countries, China, Korea, UAE,
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia would be invited, subject to the
approval of the co-chairs. On the issue of seminars, the
Japanese Ambassador confirmed that his government had been
overly ambitious in planning for four pre-conference
meetings. The Tokyo seminar is cancelled and he asked the
GSL to see if the EU had an interest in the proposed seminar
there. The GOJ would wait until it had a confirmation on
the co-chair issue before exploring a Brussels seminar
further.

2. Since the Washington Seminar dates have been set,
Ambassador Wills requested further advice from the GSL on
its goals and possible topics for discussion. Based on what
the Post learned earlier, the Ambassador laid out a possible
scenario for the Washington Seminar for the group to
consider. The nations invited would be similar to the
initial list set out by the Japanese Ambassador. The
Ambassador suggested three or four presentations of 10-15
minutes each covering an update on the Peace Talks by the
GSL and Norway, a macro-economic assessment by the IMF, and
a summary of the Needs Assessment by the IFIs. Minister
Moragoda said the GSL was thinking about doing a short
multimedia presentation covering the peace process,
Regaining Sri Lanka and the GSL priorities. The goal is to
get donor buy-in prior to Tokyo.

3. The Ambassador also raised the issue of attaching
milestones to assistance disbursement to ensure that donor
values will be reflected in the way funds are spent. This is
a key issue for a large number of bilateral donors. The
World Bank representative concurred but stated that peace
conditionalities were a very sensitive topic. Minister
Moragoda indicated that if this were going to be raised, we
would need to consider carefully how to structure the
discussion.

4. There was considerable discussion about the UN/ADB/WB
Needs Assessment for the North and East and the location of
the validation workshop. This was a sensitive issue because
the LTTE wants it on its turf although accommodating the
Tigers is logistically difficult. Several suggestions on
multiple workshops or a more centrally located venue in the
North or East were discussed. It was agreed that more
thought needed to be given to the issue. The GSL vetted its
ideas on the nature and number of documents that would be
available for the seminars and the actual Conference and the
level of detail required by donors prior to pledging. The
decision was to avoid getting into the weeds but to have the
backup information available on actual projects and places
on a database.

5. The first meeting of the Tokyo Wider Group was held
immediately following the Core Group meeting. This wider
group includes the Ambassadors and High Commissioners from
countries that participated in the OSLO donor meeting, the
Director General of the Peace Secretariat, Secretary of the
Ministry of Enterprise Development, Chairman of the Board of
Investment, Representative from UNICEF and UNHCR, the
President of the National Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of
the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Director of the
Consortium of Humanitarian Assistance, representing the NGO
community.

6. A recap of the planning done to date by the Tokyo Core
Group was provided by Minister Moragoda and the Japanese
Ambassador. The IFIs spoke about the PRGF and CAS documents
which have been sent to their boards for review and
approval. The PRGF arrangement is for $560 million which is
a combination of PRGF and EFF funds. The UN Rep reported on
the Needs Assessment progress and planned validation
workshop. The remainder of the meeting focused on the pre-
Tokyo Seminars.

7. Since the Washington Seminar was the first in line
Ambassadors were interested in the level of representation
which was expected. Ambassador Wills indicated that the
Ministerial and Senior Deputy level from Ministries of
Finance and Development Cooperation would be invited.
Because the Seminar was scheduled for the day after the
close of the World Bank/IMF meetings, the Japanese
Ambassador requested that the US provide an early
notification to invitee countries so that they could include
the Seminar in the travel plans.


WILLS

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