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Cablegate: Canada: Response to Demarche On Fourth Global

Published: Thu 14 Apr 2005 07:07 PM
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UNCLAS OTTAWA 001128
SIPDIS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KCRM PREL PINR KFRD SOCI CVIS CA GF IV FAC
SUBJECT: CANADA: RESPONSE TO DEMARCHE ON FOURTH GLOBAL
FORUM ON FIGHTING CORRUPTION, BRASILIA, BRAZIL, JUNE 7-10,
2005
REF: STATE 063279
1. Poloff delivered reftel demarche discussing the Fourth
Global Forum on Fighting Corruption (GF IV) to Alain Tellier,
Deputy Director of the International Crime and Terrorism
Division at Foreign Affairs Canada (FAC), on April 8.
Tellier thanked us for the points, said that FAC was tracking
the preparations for GF IV closely, and advised that he would
pass this demarche within FAC and to their embassy in
Brasilia.
2. Continuing, Tellier indicated that FAC has ongoing
concerns on the logistical planning for GF IV, especially
when compared to the previous two GF conferences in South
Korea and The Netherlands. He said that several Government
of Canada (GoC) ministries have offered to send speakers to
GF IV, but that FAC has yet to receive any definitive
response from the conference organizers. Likewise, he said
that GF IV conference organizers have not responded to
queries that FAC has made about hotel rooms and other
logistical questions. Tellier also noted that the proposed
agenda may be too ambitious, and that he has concerns that
the conference itself may lack focus, as compared to previous
GF conferences.
3. According to Tellier, with less than two months until the
start of the conference, these problems are hampering FAC's
planning for GF IV. There is no current plan for a
minister-led delegation, and Tellier noted that with the lack
of information from GF IV organizers, senior level GoC
officials may not be able to attend, due to other GoC
scheduling commitments.
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