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Cablegate: Canadian Assistance to the Horn of Africa

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 OTTAWA 000977

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL EAID PREF DJ ER ET KE SO CA
SUBJECT: CANADIAN ASSISTANCE TO THE HORN OF AFRICA

REF: STATE 69644

1. (U) In response to reftel demarche by PolMinCouns on
June 30 to Director General for Africa David Angell of the
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade,
DFAIT's Director for Eastern and Southern Africa Lisa
Stadelbauer confirmed on July 18 that Canada "shares the
United States' concern about the food security crisis, which
is worsening the already precarious humanitarian situation in
the region." She underscored Canada's long involvement in
the Horn of Africa and described Canada's response to the
latest challenges:
-- Canada has increased its support of food aid programming
by $50 million this fiscal year, to a total of $230 million;
-- Canada has untied restrictions on where food can be
purchased;
-- since December 2007, Canada has contributed over $14
million to respond to humanitarian needs in the Horn of
Africa, including $8 million in food aid, in addition to
funding Canada provides to respond to general
conflict-related needs in the region;
-- Canada has pledged $192 million over five years to
support the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund;
-- since December 2007, Canada has provided nearly $12.3
million for humanitarian assistance in Somalia, including $8
million for food aid through WFP, $2 million to the ICRC,
$1.4 million to Oxfam Canada and World Vision Canada,
$500,000 to the UNHCR, and almost $400,000 to the United
Nations Humanitarian Air Services;
-- since December 2007, Canadian programming to Ethiopia for
Qdrought-related responses included $1 million through UNICEF,
$500,000 through CARE Canada, and $300,000 through Oxfam
Canada, while Canada is now also considering its response to
the UN Appeal for Ethiopia as well as encouraging the
Government of Ethiopia to engage in a comprehensive
assessment of the humanitarian implications of the current
drought and to engage fully with international partners
regarding the provision of food and non-food aid; and,
-- Canada is working with partners in the international
community to find ways to provide practical support to the
World Food Program's operations in Somalia in recognition of
the urgency of the challenges WFP faces in delivering aid;

2. (U) Ms. Stadelbauer added that Canada shares U.S.

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concern about the need for greater monitoring of the
humanitarian situation in Eritrea, but does not have a strong
field presence there, and so cannot assist in facilitating
relief delivery. She pointed to the Government of Eritrea's
largely self-imposed isolation and its interference in
effective delivery of assistance.

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