Viewing cable 08CONAKRY719
Title: FRENCH CONCERNED THAT GOG IS COUNTING ON FOREIGN

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08CONAKRY7192008-11-25 13:23:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET Embassy Conakry
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P 251323Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY CONAKRY
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3174
INFO RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC
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RHMFISS/HQ USAFRICOM STUTTGART GE
S E C R E T CONAKRY 000719 
 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/25/2018 
TAGS: PGOV EAID PREL ASEC GV
SUBJECT: FRENCH CONCERNED THAT GOG IS COUNTING ON FOREIGN 
AID TO FULFILL FINANCIAL PROMISES 
 
REF: A. CONAKRY 0701 
     ¶B. CONAKRY 0709 
 
Classified By: POL/ECON CHIEF SHANNON CAZEAU FOR REASON 1.4 B AND D 
 
¶1.  (S) Embassy DATT met with the French Political Attache to 
discuss contact's recent meeting with the Minister Secretary 
General of the Presidency, Alpha Ibrahima Keira.  The French 
Attache asked Keira how the GoG plans to pay for the 
financial commitments it has made to various groups, and in 
particular, the significant military pay raise that is 
supposed to go into effect in January.  Keira reportedly said 
that with Obama's election, the GoG is expecting a 
significant increase in aid assistance from the United 
States.  Contact told DATT that Keira did not seem to 
understand that President-elect Obama had not yet actually 
been sworn into office, nor that any changes in foreign 
assistance would likely takes months to go into effect.  When 
contact alluded to this possibility, Keira reportedly said 
that the GoG would then look to China for financial 
assistance. 
 
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COMMENT 
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¶2.  (S) Contact's expressed concern that the Guinean 
Government is counting on increased foreign aid in the new 
year to meet its considerable financial obligations echoes 
concerns raised by the World Bank Representative (reftels). 
Recent public statements by various government officials 
alluding to the anticipated $2 billion in debt relief as a 
result of meeting the HIPC completion point also lends 
legitimacy to this concern.  Available information suggests 
that the GoG does not currently possess the budgetary 
resources needed to meet the commitments that will come due 
in January.  END COMMENT. 
RASPOLIC