|05DJIBOUTI23||2005-01-06 13:10:00||UNCLASSIFIED||Embassy Djibouti|
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.
1. (U) France's Ambassador to Djibouti, Philippe Selz, told
Ambassador January 6 that because of Djibouti's location,
France would be using resources of its forces based here to
assist with France's overall effort to assist tsunami
disaster victims in Asia.
2. (U) Selz told Ambassador that the French helicopter vessel
"Jeanne d'Arc" ended prematurely on January 3 its visit to
Djiboutian territorial waters in order to assist with Asian
relief efforts. The vessel departed Djibouti on that date
for Thailand and Indonesia, filled to the brim with resources
taken primarily from stocks of the French military outposts
in Djibouti. According to Selz, the "Jeanne d'Arc" carried
seven tons of pharmaceuticals, three helicopters, logistical
materials to assist in removing debris and building
structures, 100,000 liters of bottled fresh water, 2000
folding cots, a high volume of field rations, four medical
experts from Bouffard Hospital in Djibouti, inflatable tanks
for water, and products with which to treat water. He said
the ship was fully loaded, to the extent that it was forced
to dismantle some of its pallets and fit items under sleeping
berths and behind doors to enable transport of all the
materials. The vessel also carried, the French Ambassador
stated, about 45-50 military personnel to assist with the
relief effort. The vessel is scheduled to reach its
destination on January 10.
3. (U) Selz commented that the "Jeanne d'Arc" "exhausted"
most of the reserve items the French military had in
Djibouti. He said he expected that French forces in Djibouti
would be asked to do more in the coming days.