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Asked whether the Government had any response to the rebels in Nigeria, the PMS said that our general position on this was that oil supply in Nigeria had been undermined by insecurity in the Niger Delta. This was bad for the local population, for workers, for the Nigerian Government and the stability of the wider region. The President of Nigeria was visiting London next week and the Prime Minister would have an opportunity to discuss these issues further with the President then.

Put that some of the responses in Nigeria to the Prime Minister’s comments appeared to suggest that they had interpreted him as saying that Britain was ready to offer military assistance to the Nigerian Government and was that a fair interpretation, the PMS said we already provided some military training links to Nigeria, as we did with a number of other countries in the region and elsewhere.

Asked to name the other countries, the PMS said he was sure the Ministry of Defence or the Foreign Office could give people a full list.

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