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Cablegate: Biographic Information: Achille Amerio, New

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FM AMEMBASSY ROME
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INFO RUEHDM/AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS 0669
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SUBJECT: BIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: ACHILLE AMERIO, NEW
ITALIAN AMBASSADOR TO SYRIA

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2. (U) Italy?s new Ambassador in Damascus, Achille
Amerio, reached post at the beginning of March, replacing
Francesco Cerulli, who retired. Since 2004, Amerio was
Diplomatic Adviser to two consecutive Defense Ministers,
Antonio Martino (center-right) and Arturo Parisi (center-
left). He holds the personal rank of Minister.

3. (U) Amerio joined the Foreign Service in 1974. After
an initial assignment in the MFA Personnel Bureau, he was
transferred to Lausanne in 1976 as First Vice Consul, and
Bucharest in 1980 as First Secretary. In 1983, he
returned to the MFA in the staff of the Director General
for Political Affairs. In 1986, he became Deputy Chief
of Mission in Ankara and, in 1991, First Counselor for
Migration in Paris.

4. (U) From 1994 to 1995, Amerio served as MFA Deputy
Spokesman. From 1995 to 1996, he was Special Adviser to
the MFA Director General for Political Affairs, and from
1996 to 1998, his Chief of Staff. He was Deputy Chief of
Mission in Moscow from 1998 to 2002, and Deputy Permanent
Representative to NATO from 2002 to 2004.

5. (U) Amerio was born in Glasgow on November 29, 1948.
He is married to Oretta Cagiano de Azevedo and has four
children -- two girls and two boys. He enjoys tennis and
windsurfing. He speaks English with a native
proficiency, having spent much of his youth in Australia.

6. (SBU) For the past three years, Amerio has been one
of Embassy Rome?s very best contacts, including on some
of our most difficult issues.

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