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Cablegate: Austria On Un Middle Ring Security in Iraq

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STATE FOR IO/UNP - GERMANO AND EUR/AGS - SAINT-ANDRE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL UN IZ AU
SUBJECT: AUSTRIA ON UN MIDDLE RING SECURITY IN IRAQ

REF: STATE 17022

1. EconPolCouns delivered reftel demarche on February 15 to
Peter Huber, the Austrian MFA's deputy Director for
International Organizations Affairs, and Ralph Scheide, the
MFA's Middle East and Africa Director.

2. Huber said Austria considered the UN role in Iraq to be
an important one. Huber said he would favor participation in
funding the Distinct Entity Trust Fund. However, he said it
would be extremely difficult for Austria to make such funds
available.

3. Huber explained that the Austrian Finance Ministry, which
has authority over budgetting, would only provide funds to
the Foreign Ministry for its "legal obligations" to the UN.
These included funds for the peacekeeping budget and for the
regular budget. The Finance Ministry would not agree to
provide funds to the Foreign Ministry for discretionary
spending, which included voluntary contributions such as
those for the Distinct Entity Trust Fund. In addition, the
new Austrian government has not yet concluded its biennial
budget, and there are currently no funds for new spending
initiatives.
McCaw

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