Cablegate: Finland: Response to Demarche On Syria-Iraq
C O N F I D E N T I A L HELSINKI 001010
STATE FOR NEA, EUR/NB
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/04/2014
TAGS: PREL PTER SY FI
SUBJECT: FINLAND: RESPONSE TO DEMARCHE ON SYRIA-IRAQ
REF: SECSTATE 166961
Classified By: ACTING POL CHIEF DAVID ALLEN SCHLAEFER FOR REASONS 1.4 (
B) and (D)
(C) Poloff delivered reftel points to Finnish officials in
the MFA's Unit for African and Middle-East Affairs on Aug. 3.
The Finnish officials said that Finland's Ambassador to
Syria was not currently in Damascus, and that the GoF has
limited bilateral contact with the Syrian government.
However, Finland intends to continue to work through the EU
to encourage Syria to play a more helpful role in Iraqi
stabilization. The Finnish officials also asked if the U.S.
had approached Syria about contributing financially to the
proposed UN protection force.