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Cablegate: Canadian Interim Response On Afghan Refugees

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PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHOT #1427 3121810
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 071810Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY OTTAWA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8708
INFO RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN PRIORITY 1132
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA PRIORITY 1383
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD PRIORITY 0842
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL PRIORITY 0230
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 0979
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS PRIORITY 1042
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME PRIORITY 1385
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO PRIORITY 3386
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS PRIORITY 0654
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 1302

UNCLAS OTTAWA 001427

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR PRM/ECA-AWENDT AND NHASTINGS AND WHA/CAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREF PHUM IR PK AF CA
SUBJECT: CANADIAN INTERIM RESPONSE ON AFGHAN REFUGEES
CONFERENCE DEMARCHE

REF: STATE 118597

1. (U) This is an action request -- see para 3.

2. (SBU) On November 7, Deputy Pol/C conveyed reftel
demarche points to James Gilmour, regional policy officer of
the Afghan Task Force at the Department of Foreign Affairs
and International Trade (DFAIT). Gilmour promised to canvas
colleagues and provide an early response. He requested the
most up-to-date information on U.S. policy toward Iran so
that DFAIT can better craft "creative solutions" to the
Afghan refugee situation without crossing U.S. "redlines."
Deputy Pol/C noted the December 8 U.S.-EU-Canada trilateral
meeting on Iran in Ottawa would be an excellent opportunity
for Afghan Task Force members to sit down with State's Iran
experts.

3. (SBU) Action request: Please advise if such a briefing
is possible on December 8, and/or provide the requested
information on Iran to share with DFAIT.

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