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Cablegate: Canada Hoping for Usg Support of Marsaf 2006

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

212023Z Nov 05

UNCLAS OTTAWA 003450

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MASS MARR CA
SUBJECT: CANADA HOPING FOR USG SUPPORT OF MARSAF 2006


1. This is an action message. See para 3.

2. (SBU) In the margins of another meeting, Foreign Affairs'
newly installed Deputy Director for Regional Security (IDR),
Christine Cadieux, inquired whether USG planned to support
the 2006 Middle East Maritime Safety Colloquium (MARSAF). A
confidence- and security-building effort, MARSAF's primary
function is to engage nations in the Middle East in
discussions related to search and rescue operations and other
maritime safety issues. Canada is a founding participant of
the colloquium and continues to be active in convening the
meetings, which have occurred almost annually (except for
2000, 2003 and 2005) since MARSAF's 1997 inception.

2. (SBU) Cadieux said that plans were afoot within the
Canadian bureaucracy to approach the Jordanian government
about hosting the next MARSAF in Amman, in October 2006.
Alluding to USG's generous (USD 50,000) support for the 2004
colloquium, Cadieux said the GOC hoped that State Department
funding would again be available for the 2006 meeting.

3. (SBU) ACTION REQUEST. Post requests Department's guidance
for responding to Cadieux's query. END ACTION.

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