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Cablegate: Canada: Response to Demarche On Community Of

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191240Z Apr 05

UNCLAS OTTAWA 001175

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KDEM PREL CA
SUBJECT: CANADA: RESPONSE TO DEMARCHE ON COMMUNITY OF
DEMOCRACIES

REF: STATE 066782

1. Poloff delivered reftel demarche concerning the upcoming
April 28-30 Community of Democracies (CD) Ministerial in
Santiago to Jessica Blitt, Policy Advisor in the
Peacebuilding and Human Security Division at Foreign Affairs
Canada (FAC), on April 13. Blitt said that FAC was still
considering the delegation it would send to this conference,
but she indicated that it was highly unlikely that Foreign
Minister Pettigrew would attend. (NOTE: There is widespread
speculation in the media that the minority Liberal government
may fall at any point, and members of the cabinet are staying
close to Ottawa, in the event that a confidence vote is
called in Parliament. END NOTE.)

2. Continuing, Blitt said that FAC has yet to develop any
specific proposals for the CD Ministerial, in part because
they view the proposed agenda as somewhat sketchy. However,
she reiterated that Canada will be an active participant
during the conference, and will seek to follow-up with other
countries on specific proposals that are presented.

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