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Cablegate: Finland: Somalia-Igad Deployment Plan

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

C O N F I D E N T I A L HELSINKI 000345

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/22/2015
TAGS: PREL SO FI
SUBJECT: FINLAND: SOMALIA-IGAD DEPLOYMENT PLAN

REF: SECSTATE 47850

Classified By: POLOFF DAVID ALLEN SCHLAEFER FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D)

(C) Poloff delivered reftel demarche to the MFA's Somalia
desk officer Katri Leino on March 16 and spoke with her again
on March 22. Leino said that she shared U.S. concerns about
IGAD deployment of frontline troops to Somalia and opined
that it would best to use troops from the African Union;
however, she said that as Finland was not playing an active
role in the deliberations, there was no official position on
the issue. She said that she believed that Sweden was
representing Nordic concerns in intra-EU deliberations.
MACK

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