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Cablegate: Swedes Send Bilateral Comment to Imf Chair

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OO RUEHIK
DE RUEHSM #0699 3101330
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 061330Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4859
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHLM/AMEMBASSY COLOMBO PRIORITY 0073

UNCLAS STOCKHOLM 000699

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR JENNIFER M. PETERSON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID ECON EFIN CE SW
SUBJECT: SWEDES SEND BILATERAL COMMENT TO IMF CHAIR
EXPRESSING CONCERN ABOUT SRI LANKAN DEFENSE SPENDING

REF: A. STOCKHOLM 693
B. NOVEMBER 5 E-MAIL TO J. PETERSON
C. STATE 113932

(SBU) Department for Asia and Pacific advisor Ingrid Widlund
told post on November 6 that Sweden was unable to obtain all
the necessary clearances to establish a Nordic-Baltic common
position on this issue, despite having told post November 5
that this would be possible. Widlund said that Sweden did,
however, send a bilateral comment to the chair of the IMF
Board stating that Sweden is concerned about Sri Lankan
defense spending. Widlund apologized, adding that this was
"the best Sweden could do given the short notice."

BARZUN

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