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Cablegate: Ici: Italian Participation Not yet Set for Formal

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID EFIN PGOV PREL UN EU IZ IT
SUBJECT: ICI: ITALIAN PARTICIPATION NOT YET SET FOR FORMAL
SIGNING OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMPACT WITH IRAQ

REF: A. STATE 50497
B. STATE 46243

1. (SBU) EcMin met April 20 with MFA Iraq Task Force
Director Gian Ludovico De Martino to discuss reftel points.
De Martino reported that the MFA had not yet decided who
would attend the ICI signing ceremony on May 3. De Martino's
aide, Giovanni Scopa, noted that if FM D'Alema could not
attend, Deputy FM Ugo Intini might, as he had recently
traveled to Iraq. Separately, Scopa reported that six
Italian PRT reconstruction advisors and experts had arrived
this week in Dhi Qar, Iraq to begin work.

2. (SBU) EcMin also met April 20 with Giulio Terzi, MFA
Director General for Multilateral Political Affairs and Human
Rights. Terzi was doubtful that FM D'Alema would attend the
meeting and did not how much additional financial or
technical assistance the GOI would be able to offer Iraq.
Terzi reassured us that the GOI still had a "strong
commitment" to the Iraq Compact and would ensure the USG
appeal for more assistance received a wide audience within
the GOI.
Spogli

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