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Cablegate: Funding Decree for Italian Military Missions

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R 301143Z MAR 07
FM AMEMBASSY ROME
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7560
INFO RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE
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UNCLAS ROME 000651

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SENSITIVE
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MCAP MOPS EAID PTER NATO UN AF AL LN SU SO
BK, CG, IS, IT
SUBJECT: FUNDING DECREE FOR ITALIAN MILITARY MISSIONS
ABROAD: PARTICIPATION IN HUMANITARIAN AND INTERNATIONAL
MILITARY MISSIONS

1. March 27, the Italian Senate approved a government decree
authorizing calendar year expenditures for "Italian
Participation in Humanitarian and International Missions,"
all of Italy's military missions abroad The full Italian
language text of the decree and a detailed English summary
are available on Embassy Rome's classified website
(http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/rome/index.cf m). Some
highlights and clarifications are included below.

2. The decree authorizes slightly more than 1 billion Euros
for the Italian participation in international missions in
calendar year 2007. In most cases, unspent funds can be
rolled over into 2008.

-The decree covers development assistance programs in
Afghanistan, Lebanon, Sudan and Somalia; Humanitarian,
stabilization and reconstruction programs in Iraq (including
NTM-I), Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, as well as Italy's
participation in ESDP initiatives.

-The decree authorizes funds for Italy's military and police
missions abroad: UNIFIL, ISAF, Active Endeavor, Knights of
Malta, MSU in Kosovo, Joint Enterprise in the Balkans,
Albania, Albania 2, ALTHEA in Bosnia-Herzegovina, TIPH 2,
EUBAM Rafah, Darfur, EUPOL Kinshasa, UNFICYP, Albania, UNMIK,
EUPM and EUPOL COPPS.

-The decree allocates 40 million Euros of new money for
Afghan reconstruction. However, since the MFA has yet to
disburse its 607 million Euros in 2007 development assistance
budget passed by Parliament as part of the general budget in
December, it is still unclear how much Italy's 2007 total
assistance to Afghanistan will have increased in respect to
previous years.

-The decree provides some guidance on personnel and judicial
issues relevant to the missions.

-The decree includes 500,000 Euros for a proposed
International Peace Conference on Afghanistan.

-In article 2, the reference to the authorization of 2.8
million Euros for Italy's participation in NATO Trust Funds
includes 1 million Euros for the NTM-I Trust Fund.

-In article 2, the 10.4 million Euros to extend military
personnel in Iraq includes funds to cover Italian military
personnel and related "life-support" costs involved in NTM-I,
including a proposed additional Carabinieri component.
SPOGLI

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