US embassy cable - 08RIGA258

LATVIAN ASSISTANCE IN RESPONSE TO CYCLONE NARGIS

Identifier: 08RIGA258
Wikileaks: View 08RIGA258 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Riga
Created: 2008-05-14 13:57:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREL PHUM EAID BM LG
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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DE RUEHRA #0258 1351357
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 141357Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY RIGA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4914
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
UNCLAS RIGA 000258 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL, PHUM, EAID, BM, LG 
 
SUBJECT: LATVIAN ASSISTANCE IN RESPONSE TO CYCLONE NARGIS 
 
REF: RIGA 245 
 
1. Post recently sent in a demarche response stating the GOL was not 
planning to provide humanitarian assistance in the wake of Cyclone 
Nargis.  However, we have subsequently learned the following about 
public and private efforts: 
 
--On May 13, the GOL's cabinet approved a 20,000 EUR donation for 
Burmese disaster victims.  The money will be donated to the UN 
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). 
 
--The youth volunteer wing of the Latvian Red Cross has hosted 
several events to raise funds for victims. 
 
--Lastly, there is a Latvian firm, GM Helicopters, that operates in 
Malaysia and Africa.  The firm has pledged to help with 
transportation needs. 
 
LARSON 

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