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Cablegate: More On New Zealand's Unifil Contributions

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/28/2016
TAGS: PREL PGOV MARR MOPS NZ UN LE
SUBJECT: MORE ON NEW ZEALAND'S UNIFIL CONTRIBUTIONS

REF: WELLINGTON 727

Classified By: DCM David J. Keegan,
for reasons 1.4(b) and (d)

1. (C) On September 27, Matthew Paterson, Senior Policy
Officer in the Security Policy Division at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) confirmed to PE Couns that
GNZ has approved the deployment of a 6-person technical team
for UNMAS/UNIFIL, pending UN approval and the identification
of force protection and logistics support. The team will
offer technical assistance on demining and unexploded
ordinances work, and will undertake surveys of mine sites.
It will be deployed for 12-months from October.

2. (C) Paterson said that the UN has already accepted GNZ's
offer of a 4-person demining team (reftel). GNZ is still
working to get the appropriate force protection for the team,
and assumes this will come through soon.
Keegan

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