Cablegate: Follow-Up On Finnish Assistance to Pakistan
UNCLAS HELSINKI 001141
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID PHUM PREL FI
SUBJECT: FOLLOW-UP ON FINNISH ASSISTANCE TO PAKISTAN
EARTHQUAKE RELIEF AND REHABILITATION EFFORT
REF: A) SECSTATE 195483, B) HELSINKI 1131
1. (U) This is an action request. See paragraph 4.
2. (U) Follow-up to reftels, Post reports that the GoF will
donate EUR 2.7 Million (approximately USD 3.2 Million) to
the Pakistan earthquake relief effort. Finland has pledged
the funds to the Finnish Red Cross, who will purchase
approximately 6,000 winter tents (including tent stoves),
presumably from China. The tents are expected to provide
shelter to 40,000 people.
3. (U) Finland's defense forces made known today that they
will donate an additional 1,000 winter tents, including
stoves. The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM)
will be responsible for transporting this 300-ton shipment
to Pakistan. FELM has also donated 150,000 Euros (180,000
USD) to support two Christian hospitals in the disaster
region. Another semi-State run humanitarian organization,
FinnChurchAid, will donate 300,000 Euros (360,000 USD) to
be applied to the financing of building materials and
4. (SBU) Action request: The MFA has inquired whether US
assistance can be made available to transport the tents.
Post would appreciate Department guidance on whether this
is a possibility.