Cablegate: Corrected Copy: Spain: Deliverables for the Us-Eu

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071446Z Jun 05



E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: A. MADRID 02133

B. SECSTATE 103222

This is a corrected copy of MADRID 02133 (reftel A). Changes
in paragraph 2 relate to the note on Spain's pledge
disbursement numbers versus EB's numbers.

1. Summary: Charge delivered reftel talking points to MFA
Political Director Rafael Dezcallar. Dezcallar said Foreign
Minister Moratinos would attend the conference and that this
meeting would be high profile for Spain. Dezcallar said the
Spanish government cannot guarantee that its USD 20 million
donation to the UNDP for Iraq elections will be disbursed
before the US-EU Iraq conference, but stressed Spain remains
committed to meeting its Madrid Conference pledge. End

2. Dezcallar told Charge the MFA cannot guarantee that
Spain's USD 20 million dollar donation to the UNDP fund for
Iraqi elections will be deposited by the June 22 Conference,
as involved agencies continue to work out modalities to
deposit the funds. The MFA, the Spanish Agency for
International Development and the Ministry of Commerce are
working to plan the spending of Spain's remaining USD 140
million pledge from the Madrid Donor's Conference. Dezcallar
stressed that Spain is not backtracking, and that Spain
remains committed to meeting its Madrid pledge. However he
said an additional pledge of aid for Iraq is not likely to be
forthcoming, but hoped the U.S. would view Spain's already
substantial pledge as significant. He said Spain had
disbursed a fair amount already (Note: Spain calculates that
it has disbursed USD 117 million to date out of a USD 300
million pledge. World Bank and Department figures ut Spain's
disbursement at USD 43 million out of a USD 220 million
pledge.), and had additionally contributed ten percent of the
EU pledge.


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