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Cablegate: Norway's Attendance at Prt Conference in Prague

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PRAGUE FOR S/SRAP DERECK HOGAN AND ACTING DCM JOHN LAW

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TAGS: PREL NATO AF NO
SUBJECT: NORWAY'S ATTENDANCE AT PRT CONFERENCE IN PRAGUE

REF: STATE 3595

1. (U) Norway's Senior Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Ambassador Janis Bjorn Kanavin told PolOff January 21 that Norway
would send MFA Senior Advisor Helene Sand Andresen to the PRT
Conference in Prague starting January 25. Andresen told PolOff that
Kirsten Gislesen and Colonel Roar Laugerud would attend from
Norway's Ministry of Defense. She added that no one from the PRT in
Faryab (PRT Meymaneh) would participate, but that those attending
had long experience working in Afghanistan and on Afghanistan
issues. Andresen herself worked in Afghanistan for several years.

2. (SBU) Kanavin also took the opportunity to emphasize GON views
regarding the negative impact of PRTs substituting rather than
supporting Afghan authorities, and the ineffectiveness of Quick
Impact Projects (QUIPs) and development assistance, designed for
short-term effects and outside of national planning and coordination
efforts. He referred to Norway's Faryab Province strategy,
available at www.regjeringen.no, as a good outline of Norway's PRT
goals. He concluded by noting that the GON strongly supports
maintaining a clear distinction between civilian and military
efforts. Comment: The MFA has over the past several months been
mulling over the option of having its PRT civilian representatives
share office space with the UN in Faryab. However, security
concerns have prohibited moving forward with the plan, as it would
require the civilians to travel daily to and from PRT Meymaneh and
the UN office in Faryab. End Comment.


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