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03OTTAWA2181
2003-07-31 21:02:00
SECRET
Embassy Ottawa
Cable title:  

FORCES FOR LIBERIA: CANADA WOULD LIKE TO HELP,

Tags:   CD  LI  ML  MR  NG  PGOV  PHUM  PREL  XY  CA  UNSC 
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S E C R E T OTTAWA 002181

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/31/2013
TAGS: CD LI ML MR NG PGOV PHUM PREL XY CA UNSC
SUBJECT: FORCES FOR LIBERIA: CANADA WOULD LIKE TO HELP,
BUT....

REF: STATE 219151

Classified By: A/Pol Min Mary Witt for reasons 1.5(b) and (d)

(S) Post conveyed points contained reftel concerning support
for peacekeeping operations in Liberia to Barbara Martin,
Director of DFAIT's Regional Security and Peacekeeping
Division, Lt. Col. Denis Thompson, of the Directorate of
Peacekeeping Policy at National Defense Headquarters, and
Cindy Kleiman, DFAIT desk officer for Liberia, on July 31.
Martin commented they had recently received a similar
approach through informal channels at the UN. Martin said
Canada takes the situation in Liberia very seriously, and is
exploring ways it can support the peacekeeping mission there.
But because Canada's forces and military assets are stretched
thin by deployments in Bosnia and, more recently, in
Afghanistan, Martin was "not optimistic" it will find a way
to contribute to peacekeeping forces in Liberia, at least in
the near term. Over the long term, Martin said, Canada would
have an interest in providing civilian support to help to
establish and train local police and security forces in
Liberia.
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