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Cablegate: Finland: No Change in Cuba Policy

Published: Wed 8 Dec 2004 12:12 PM
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C O N F I D E N T I A L HELSINKI 001535
SIPDIS
STATE FOR WHA/CCA AND EUR/NB
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/07/2014
TAGS: ETTC PREL CU FI
SUBJECT: FINLAND: NO CHANGE IN CUBA POLICY
REF: A. SECSTATE 259685
B. HELSINKI 00860
Classified By: POLOFF DAVID ALLEN SCHLAEFER FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) and (D)
1. (C) Poloff spoke with Veikko Suralahti in the Office for
Caribbean and Central American Affairs at Finland's MFA and
confirmed that there has been no change in Finland's policy
toward or contacts with Cuba since Ref. B was drafted.
Finland does not have an Embassy in Havana and has little
contact with the Cuban Government. There is no direct
bilateral development assistance from Finland to Cuba, and no
current plans for such assistance in the future. Finland
supports and will continue to support the EU common position
on Cuba.
2. (U) Finland's Customs Agency reports the following level
of trade with Cuba:
2003:
Imports: 1.036 million Euro
Exports: 1.450 million Euro
2004 (Jan-Sep):
Imports: 9.210 million Euro
Exports: 3.480 million Euro
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