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Cablegate: Canada's Response to Pakistan Earthquake

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

UNCLAS OTTAWA 003278

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

STATE FOR SA AND WHA/CAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID MARR MOPS PHUM PREL PK CA
SUBJECT: CANADA'S RESPONSE TO PAKISTAN EARTHQUAKE

REF: A. STATE 200915

B. OTTAWA 3198
C. OTTAWA 3167
D. ISLAMABAD 15856

1. (SBU) DCM conveyed ref A points November 1 to Jonathan
Fried, the Prime Minister's senior foreign policy advisor.
We provided follow-up copies to Foreign Affairs Canada and
the Canadian International Development Agency. Canada
responded quickly and generously to the South Asian
earthquake (summary below) and continues to evaluate needs.
Fried reminded us that Canada was already making a
considerable contribution, proudly pointing out that on a
per-capita or per-GDP basis their response is probably larger
than that of the
U.S. He added it is a given that the GOC will encourage
other donors to give more generously. (Note: Canada's
population and GDP are about one tenth those of the U.S.
End Note.) The GOC has confirmed that supplies collected by
Pakistan's consul general in Toronto would be useful in
earthquake relief and are working with the GOP on the most
effective way to transport the goods (para 4).

C$57 million so far...
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2. (U) Canada's initial C$300,000 contribution
(approximately US$255,000) on October 8 was quickly
followed on October 10 by C$20 million (about US$17
million), part of which was allocated to winterized
blankets, other basic needs and long-term reconstruction.
The funding was distributed through the ICRC, the Aga Khan
Foundation Canada, and Save the Children Canada. The GOC
also sent experts to the region to assess future needs (ref
B).


3. (U) On October 26, the GOC announced an additional C$20
million for humanitarian assistance, relief and
reconstruction efforts. That commitment, plus the cost of
deploying Canada's DART team, bring the total to C$57
million (almost US$50 million).

Private donations
-----------------

4. (SBU) We understand that the winterized tents provided
by the Canadian NGO (Refs C and D) have arrived in Pakistan.
Foreign Affairs Canada has confirmed that the Pakistani CG
in Toronto has assembled about 130,000 pounds of medical
and related supplies. The GOC and Pakistani CG are
evaluating the most effective way to expedite shipment of
the supplies.

Visit Canada's Classified Web Site at
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/wha/ottawa

DICKSON

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