US embassy cable - 06OSLO53

NORWEGIAN PLANS FOR LONDON AFGHANISTAN CONFERENCE

Identifier: 06OSLO53
Wikileaks: View 06OSLO53 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Oslo
Created: 2006-01-13 13:10:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: EAID ECON KDEM EFIN PGOV PREL AF NO
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C O N F I D E N T I A L OSLO 000053 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/13/2016 
TAGS: EAID, ECON, KDEM, EFIN, PGOV, PREL, AF, NO 
SUBJECT: NORWEGIAN PLANS FOR LONDON AFGHANISTAN CONFERENCE 
 
REF: SECSTATE 3627 
 
Classified By: P/E Counselor Mike Hammer, Reason 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1.  (C) We discussed Norway's plans for the London January 
31-February 1 Afghanistan Conference with MFA Advisor Arne 
Floelo on January 13.  Floelo said that both Foreign Minister 
Jonas Stoere and Development Minister Erik Solheim planned to 
attend the conference (back to back, not simultaneously). 
Floelo recalled that Norway had given a generous five-year 
pledge in Berlin (2004), which equals approximately USD 45 
million per year (300 million NOK).  The Norwegian total 
assistance in 2005 to Afghanistan was over USD 46 million 
(311 million NOK), making Afghanistan the biggest single 
recipient by far of Norwegian assistance, and keeping Norway 
on track with its Berlin pledge.  Floelo did not expect that 
Norway would be able to increase the amount of assistance for 
Afghanistan within the time frame of Norway's existing 
pledge, 2004-2008; however, Norway wants to come to London 
with something new and is committed to fulfilling 
Afghanistan's long-term requirements for assistance.  While 
the decision has not yet been made at the political level, 
Floelo told us that Norway may come to London with a promise 
to straight-line its current level of assistance 
(approximately USD 45 million a year) for an additional 3-5 
years beyond the current 2008 expiry of its Berlin pledge. 
 
2.  (U) Of the overall USD 46 million of assistance from 
Norway to Afghanistan in 2005, approximately USD 16 million 
(110 million NOK) was designated as long-term development 
aid, of which 86 percent is channeled through the Afghanistan 
Reconstruction Trust Fund ARTF).  The proportion of long-term 
Norwegian assistance (as distinct from humanitarian and 
transitional assistance) in 2006 is set to rise to USD 22 
million (150 million NOK) in 2006. 
 
Visit Oslo's Classified website: 
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/oslo/index.cf m 
 
WHITNEY 
 
 
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