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Cablegate: Post-Conflict Angola Funding Shortfalls

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UNCLAS ROME 002125

SIPDIS


FROM U.S. MISSION IN ROME
LUANDA FOR USAID DIRECTOR HELLYER, DWYER
USAID FOR AA/DCHA WINTER, DCHA/FFP LANDIS AND NOVICK
STATE FOR PRM/MLANGE, IO/EDA KOTOK, AF/C AND AF/S
USDA/FAS FOR CHAMBLISS
GENEVA FOR USAID/KYLOH
NSC FOR JDWORKEN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID EAGR AORC PREF AO WFP
SUBJECT: POST-CONFLICT ANGOLA FUNDING SHORTFALLS

REF: LUANDA 0493

1. ON MAY 27, 2004, AT THE SECOND ANNUAL SESSION OF THE
EXECUTIVE BOARD, MIKE SACKETT, WFP'S REGIONAL DIRECTOR
FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA, CONFIRMED THAT PER REFTEL, AN
INCREASINGLY SERIOUS FUNDING SHORTFALL IN ITS ANGOLA
PIPELINE ARISES FROM THE LACK OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM
DONORS.

2. SACKETT ALSO REPORTED THAT, DESPITE HIS RECENT
PERSONAL APPEAL TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF
ANGOLA (GRA) OFFICIALS IN LUANDA AS WELL AS PAST GRA
REPRESENTATIONS, MOST RECENTLY IN OCTOBER 2003, WHEN THE
GRA PLEDGED $7.5 MILLION, THE GRA HAS NOT MADE ANY
FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROTRACTED RELIEF AND
RECOVERY OPERATION (PRRO), WHICH BEGAN IN APRIL 2004.

3. NO DONOR CONTRIBUTIONS HAVE BEEN MADE SINCE APRIL
2004. THE "RETURN AND RESETTLEMENT" PRRO IS RESOURCED AT
ABOUT $36 MILLION OF THE $253 PLANNED PROJECT SCOPE, OR
LESS THAN 15% OF THE TOTAL, WITH MAJOR DONORS
CONTRIBUTING AS FOLLOWS:

-- USG, $25.4 MILLION;
-- JAPAN, $3.7 MILLION;
-- CANADA, $1.8 MILLION;
-- GERMANY, $1.2 MILLION; AND
-- NORWAY, $1 MILLION.

OTHER DONORS ARE SWITZERLAND ($880 THOUSAND), FINLAND
($730 THOUSAND), NETHERLANDS ($300 THOUSAND), IRELAND
($77 THOUSAND) AND KOREA ($60 THOUSAND), BUT NEITHER THE
UNITED KINGDOM NOR THE EUROPEAN UNION HAS CONTRIBUTED TO
THIS PRRO.

4. COMMENT: THE US MISSION CONSIDERS THAT WFP, OTHER UN
AGENCIES, AND BILATERAL DONORS MUST MAINTAIN UNRELENTING
PRESSURE ON THE GRA TO FULFILL ITS ANNOUNCED COMMITMENTS
TO WFP'S HUMANITARIAN OPERATION IN ANGOLA. BUT CLEARLY,
THE GRA ALSO THIS YEAR CONTINUES TO REQUIRE GENEROUS
INTERNATIONAL DONOR SUPPORT, PARTICULARLY IN ASSISTANCE
EFFORTS AIMED AT RETURNEES AND RESETTLEMENT.
REGRETTABLY, THE DWINDLING OF DONOR COMMITMENT MAY
JEOPARDIZE POST-CONFLICT RECOVERY AND RESETTLEMENT. HALL

NNNN
2004ROME02125 - Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

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