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Cablegate: Poland to Attend Paris Donors Conference

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SUBJECT: POLAND TO ATTEND PARIS DONORS CONFERENCE

REF: STATE 163955

1. (SBU) PolCouns met December 10 with Wieslaw Kucel,
Counselor in the MFA's Middle East and Africa Department
to deliver reftel demarche. Kucel, who accompanied Foreign
Minister Radek Sikorski to the Annapolis conference, said
that Poland would be represented by at least Deputy Foreign
Minister Ryszard Schnepf, and possibly by Minister
Sikorski.

2. (SBU) Regarding assistance, Kucel said that Poland now
provides nearly $1 million in development assistance
to the Palestinians, mostly via NGO's. The MFA would like to
do more, and hopes to double that figure in the
coming year. Poland's representative to the Paris conference
should be able, Kucel said, to announce the
figure at the time of the conference. Kucel did not think
Poland had the mechanisms for providing direct
budgetary support, but he undertook to pass along our message
urging cash support. Poland will, he said,
also support EU efforts and increased contributions to the
Palestinian budget.

3. (SBU) Kucel said that Poland had some long-standing
training and scholarship programs, under which about
42 Palestinian students were studying in Poland, most of them
in medical fields. This year Poland had
started a program under which Palestinian and Israeli
teachers were brought to Poland for training
in tolerance education, looking at programs Poland has that
address its own efforts to build better ties
and build tolerance between Poles and its neighbors, Germany
and Ukraine, with whom Poland has had such a
difficult history. He noted that this program had been run
out of the presidency, but that, with the change of
government, might shift to the Ministry of Education. The
MFA wants to enlarge this program to include
assistance in developing a tolerance curriculum, and expand
it to include media and business.

4. (SBU) Kucel undertook to inform us if the Minister should
make the decision to attend. PolCouns stressed
Secretary Rice will head our delegation and that we hope for

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representation at the most senior level.
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