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Cablegate: Secretary Rice-Foreign Minister Cannon Letter

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SUBJECT: SECRETARY RICE-FOREIGN MINISTER CANNON LETTER
DELIVERED

REF: STATE 127557

1. (SBU) Post delivered text of reftel letter to the office
of Foreign Minister Cannon on December 5.

2. (SBU) Charge followed up with a phone call the same day to
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
Assistant Deputy Minister for Asia and Africa Ken Sundquist
(U/S equivalent) to reinforce the Secretary's request for
Canadian contributions to purchase heavy fuel oil (HFO).
Acting Political Counselor called on North Asia Director
General Phil Calvert, as well. Both Sundquist and Calvert
are on official travel in Vancouver until December 8,
according to North Asia Deputy Director Karen Foss. She also
told Acting Political Counselor that Canadian embassy
officials in Washington had briefed she and Calvert on their
recent discussions with Department officials on the need for
additional HFO contributions. Foss said Sundquist, Calvert,
and Assistant Deputy Minister for International Security
Colleen Swords, who is also away on official travel, will
study the Secretary's letter and confer among themselves to
prepare a recommendation for Minister Cannon. Foss suggested
that phone calls from the Charge to both Assistant Deputy
Ministers would be "important" to securing an expeditious
response from Canada. The Charge and Political Counselor
will continue to press for a Canadian contribution when the
Assistant Deputy Minister and Director General return to
Ottawa next week.

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