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06ATHENS1375 2006-05-26 14:42:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Athens
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HELLENIC AID DIRECTOR CONFIRMS DISBURSEMENT OF

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DEPARTMENT PLEASE PASS USAID FOR DAA WOODY MEFFORD
TIRANA ALSO FOR AID DIRECTOR HARRY BIRNHOLZ

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TAGS: EAID PHUM GR AL RO MK BU SR
SUBJECT: HELLENIC AID DIRECTOR CONFIRMS DISBURSEMENT OF
FIRST YEAR TACT FUNDS


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1. (SBU) Hellenic Aid (HA) Director General Panayotis
Goumas informed Economic Counselor May 25 that HA had
disbursed 200,000 Euro as the GoG's first annual contribution
to the Transnational Action against Child Trafficking (TACT)
program in Albania. Goumas said that he believed the funds
were currently being held at Greece's Embassy in Tirana,
awaiting disbursement by the new Greek Ambassador to Albania,
who is scheduled to arrive shortly. He also reconfirmed the
GoG's commitment to disburse a total of 600,000 Euro over the
coming three years. Goumas asked whether the GoG would be
invited to sit on TACT's Steering Committee as a result of
its significant contribution.



2. (SBU) During the meeting, HA's Coordinator for
Activities against Trafficking, Niki Koutrakou, noted that
she had proposed the creation of a new position at the GoG's
Embassy in Albania dedicated to working on trafficking issues
and charged with monitoring progress on TACT. She and Goumas
stressed that no final decision had been made on this
proposal. On a related note, Koutrakou described a new GoG
initiative aimed at codifying and coordinating
anti-trafficking legislation within the wider Balkan region.
Deputy Foreign Minister Stylianides had kicked off this
effort May 20 at a training seminar for 200 Greek attorneys.
Koutrakou said the effort was being coordinated with the
International Organization for Migration (IOM) based in
Geneva, the European Center for Constitutional Law, and the
Union of Greek Attorneys. She said the effort would kick off
internationally with a meeting in June.



3. (SBU) Goumas noted that he remains interested in the
possibility of additional HA-USAID cooperation in Georgia,
particularly dedicated to fighting crime, which has badly
affected the Georgia's Greek community. Economic Counselor
promised to find out from USAID the status of discussions on
such cooperation. Goumas also claimed to have confidential
information relating to organ trade involving young children
in Transnistria; He promised to provide details if the USG
needed same.
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