US embassy cable - 03COLOMBO1809

Iraq Donors Conference: Ambassador reviews the Secretary's message with Foreign Minister Fernando

Identifier: 03COLOMBO1809
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Origin: Embassy Colombo
Created: 2003-10-17 06:15:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PGOV EAID CE IZ SP UN
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C O N F I D E N T I A L COLOMBO 001809 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR SA, SA/INS, IO, NEA 
NSC FOR E. MILLARD 
 
E.O. 12958:  DECL:  10-17-13 
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, EAID, CE, IZ, SP, UN 
SUBJECT:  Iraq Donors Conference:  Ambassador reviews 
the Secretary's message with Foreign Minister Fernando 
 
Ref:  State 294287 
 
(U) Classified by Ambassador Jeffrey J. Lunstead. 
Reasons 1.5 (b, d). 
 
1.  (C) Ambassador Lunstead reviewed Secretary Powell's 
message on the upcoming Iraq Donors Conference with 
Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando during their 
October 17 meeting.  Fernando listened intently to the 
Secretary's points and seemed genuinely interested in 
 
SIPDIS 
the conference.  He noted, however, that the Spanish 
President had sent the original invitation letter for 
the conference directly to President Kumaratunga.  This 
potentially raised cohabitation problems given Sri 
Lanka's divided government.  Fernando said he would 
raise the matter with the President when they met 
immediately after the meeting with the Ambassador.  With 
the conference coming up next week, he promised he would 
get back to us as soon as possible. 
 
2.  (U) Minimize considered. 
 
LUNSTEAD 

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