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Cablegate: Spanish Response to Afghanistan Counternarcotics

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

UNCLAS MADRID 004679

SIPDIS

SA/A
INL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AF SP
SUBJECT: SPANISH RESPONSE TO AFGHANISTAN COUNTERNARCOTICS
PLAN

REF: A. SECSTATE 248010

On December 13, Poloff met with MFA Continental Asia Office
Director Carlos Morales Sanchez to discuss REF A action
request. Morales stated that Spain recognized the
seriousness of the narcotics problem within the international
community and expressed his concern about the opium
production in Afghanistan. He cited Spain's continuing
support to Operation Enduring Freedom and its recent
additional assistance in regard to the Afghan elections as
examples of its commitment to assist the people of
Afghanistan. Morales stated that the GOS would examine
various options in regard to providing assistance in the
counternarcotics field. However, the GOS could not provide a
concrete response at this time as to the nature of such
assistance due to the fact that the 2005 budget is still
pending and probably won't be approved until January.
MANZANARES

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