AFGHANISTAN/PAKISTAN: REQUESTING ADDITIONAL SWISS CONTRIBUTIONS

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09BERN171 9 April 2009 Confidencial Embassy Bern

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/09/2019
TAGS: PREL, EAID, MARR, NATO, AF, SZ
SUBJECT: AFGHANISTAN/PAKISTAN: REQUESTING ADDITIONAL SWISS
CONTRIBUTIONS

REF: A. STATE 31102
B. STATE 32712
C. BERN 120
D. BERN 136

Classified By: POLE Counselor Richard A. Rorvig; reasons 1.4(b) and (d)
.

1. (U) Poloff delivered the messages in reftels A and B on
April 8 to Pierre-Yves Fux, Senior Regional Coordinator for
Southern Asia at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
(FDFA).


AFGHANISTAN


2. (C) Fux lauded the detailed USG non-paper (reftel A)
outlining sector-by-sector the areas in which additional
assistance is needed in Afghanistan. He said that it would
provide useful input for internal GOS deliberations regarding
Swiss programs. Fux remarked informally that this kind of
USG information had, in the past, been helpful to the FDFA in
its efforts to obtain resources for Afghanistan, noting in
particular the FDFA’s achievement in obtaining CHF 2 million
(USD 1.75 million) to support the upcoming Afghan elections.
He cautioned, however, that GOS resources for Afghanistan
would remain flat (CHF 15-20/USD 13-18 million per year;
reftel D) for the foreseeable future, because Afghanistan is
not one of the countries on the GOS list of "priority
countries and regions" for development assistance for
2009-2012. (Comment: The GOS list of "priority countries
and regions" reflects Switzerland’s desire to focus its
development assistance in areas where other international
donors are relatively less active and, therefore, where the
GOS believes that Swiss assistance will have a greater
impact. Switzerland’s priority countries/regions for
2009-2012 are: Chad, Mozambique, Tanzania, Benin, Burkina
Faso, Mali, Niger, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bolivia Central
America, and the Mekong region in Southeast Asia,
encompassing Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar. End
Comment)

3. (C) Reviewing the list of specific contributions that the
USG is urging Switzerland to commit to provide to Afghanistan
(reftel A), Fux responded that contributions related to the
security sector (i.e., OMLT, police mentors, ANA Trust Fund
contribution) would be difficult, particularly in light of
Switzerland’s decision in 2008 to withdraw from ISAF. He
noted, in this context, that the FDFA had very much regretted
former DefMin Schmid’s decision regarding ISAF, but that the
GOS still remained constrained by that decision and the
domestic political realities underlying it. That said, Fux
noted that the MOD subsequently had provided some surplus
medical equipment to the ANA, so other security sector
contributions, while clearly difficult, were not
unimaginable. Fux commented that the requests for assistance
in the areas of Afghan refugee reintegration and cultural
heritage preservation were more promising, since the GOS
already had some experience in these areas in Afghanistan and
the region. He undertook to review the USG’s requests for
specific Swiss contributions to Afghanistan with other
relevant agencies within the Swiss government and to provide
further feedback when available.


PAKISTAN


4. (SBU) Fux confirmed that Ambassador Pierre Combernous,
Head of the FDFA’s Division for Asia and Oceania, would lead
the Swiss delegation to the April 17 Donors’ Conference for
Pakistan (reftel B). Fux expressed appreciation for the
USG’s engagement in Pakistan and said that the U.S. message
would be helpful in his own internal efforts to obtain Swiss
resources for Pakistan. However, he reiterated that the GOS
decision in 2008 to remove Pakistan (among a number of
countries) from its list of priority countries for
development assistance meant that Swiss contributions to
Pakistan inevitably would decline in coming years. Fux said
that, at the upcoming Donors’ Conference in Tokyo, the GOS
therefore would only be in a position to emphasize its
current level of assistance to Pakistan (approx. CHF 20/USD

18 million; reftel D). He underlined that the FDFA was
looking for ways to increase the impact and efficiency of GOS
assistance to Pakistan, and also was contemplating a more
regionalized approach, which could possibly increase the
impact of Swiss contributions. In this regard, Fux observed
that there is a regional dimension to some of the areas for
assistance under discussion.
CARTER