|06VIENNA3622||2006-12-27 15:18:00||UNCLASSIFIED||Embassy Vienna|
VZCZCXRO4704 PP RUEHAG RUEHDF RUEHIK RUEHLZ RUEHROV DE RUEHVI #3622 3611518 ZNR UUUUU ZZH P 271518Z DEC 06 FM AMEMBASSY VIENNA TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5863 INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC
1. A/DCM presented reftel demarche on December 27 to
Carolina Gudenus, the Austrian MFA's DAS-level Africa
Director. We stressed the need for high-level engagement in
the February 2007 Liberia Partners' Forum, pointing out that
Secretary Rice, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz would open the meeting.
We reviewed President Sirleaf's accomplishments to date, and
focussed on the Liberia's continuing need for financial
2. Gudenus said the situation in Liberia was a matter of
interest to Austria. However, she said Liberia was not among
the "priority countries" to which Austria devotes the bulk of
its international assistance. (Note: Austria seeks to
maximize the impact of its assistance by channeling funds to
long-term programs in a small number of recipient countries.
End note.) It was likely that Austria would cover the
February meeting through its Embassy in Washington, she said.