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05KUWAIT4586
2005-10-25 11:44:00
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Embassy Kuwait
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MGXDO1: GOK NOT PLANNING NEW PLEDGE IN GENEVA AND

Tags:   AEMR  ASEC  CASC  KFLO  MARR  PREL  AMGT  XD  KU 
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VZCZCXRO8481
OO RUEHDE
DE RUEHKU #4586 2981144
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 251144Z OCT 05
FM AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1509
INFO RUEHXX/GENEVA IO MISSIONS COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING IMMEDIATE 0460
RUEHSW/AMEMBASSY BERN IMMEDIATE 0157
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON IMMEDIATE 1047
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI IMMEDIATE 0323
						UNCLAS KUWAIT 004586 

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/ARPI SWALKER, SA/FO FOR JGASTRIGHT, ISLAMABAD
FOR TWILDER AND TGRENCIK, LONDON FOR LTSOU

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO MARR PREL AMGT XD KU
SUBJECT: MGXDO1: GOK NOT PLANNING NEW PLEDGE IN GENEVA AND
STILL DECIDING ON REPRESENTATION

REF: A. SECSTATE 195483


B. KUWAIT 4534

C. KUWAIT 4398



1. (U) Summary. Per reftel A, Embassy followed-up with the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to confirm GOK
participation at the upcoming Geneva Donors Conference for
South Asia earthquake victims and to urge continued GOK
assistance to victims in anticipation of winter. The MFA's
Asia and Americas Departments informed Emboffs that the GOK
has not yet decided on its representation to the conference,
explaining that the official notification to attend the
conference only arrived at the Ministry today (October 25)
and that no additional GOK pledges were expected at this
time. (Note: GOK has pledged $100M in reconstruction loans
and in-kind assistance.) End Summary



2. (U) Counselor Hamad Al-Ahmad from the MFA's Asia
Department informed Econoff that the Ministry received only
today the official notifications from the U.N. and the
Government of Pakistan to attend the conference and that a
final decision on GOK participation was pending the Foreign
Minister's decision. Al-Hamad noted the possibility of
attendance by a representative from the Kuwaiti Mission in
Geneva or an official from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic
Development. (Note: The Kuwait Fund will be responsible for
disbursing $50M in concessional loans to Pakistan for
reconstruction efforts in the affected areas.)



3. (U) Ambassador Khaled Abdul Mohsen Al-Babtain, head of
the MFA's Americas Department, informed Econcouns that the
GOK was not anticipating any new pledges in addition to the
$100M already decreed by the Council of Ministers (see refs B
and C). These contributions, he said, would consist of $50M
in "in kind" assistance through the Kuwait Red Crescent
Society and $50M in reconstruction assistance (concessionary
loans) via the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.



4. (U) Al-Hamad pointed out to Econof that the GOK had been
approached by the Pakistani Ambassador to Kuwait for urgent
provision of blankets and tents and that the GOK did not have
adequate supplies to meet the urgent needs but had offered to
purchase tents in Pakistan. Al-Hamad added that Pakistani
President Musharraf had cautioned donors against dwindling
tent and blanket supplies in Pakistan, forcing Kuwait to
reconsider its plans to purchase supplies in Pakistan.
Al-Hamad suggested that India and China should would be
better positioned to meet the urgent tent and blanket needs
in anticipation of winter and that their respective
governments should be encouraged to cover those outstanding
needs in support of international efforts. Al-Hamad voiced
concern about the coming winter and noted that Kuwait "was
doing its best" and would continue to support relief efforts.


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