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Cablegate: Mfo Favs: Spanish Looking for Money

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PP RUEHAG RUEHDF RUEHIK RUEHLZ RUEHROV
DE RUEHMD #1433 2041134
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 231134Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY MADRID
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3051
INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN PRIORITY 0618
RUEHSW/AMEMBASSY BERN PRIORITY 2944
RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS PRIORITY 5171
RUEHCP/AMEMBASSY COPENHAGEN PRIORITY 4876
RUEHHE/AMEMBASSY HELSINKI PRIORITY 1502
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 0966
RUEHNY/AMEMBASSY OSLO PRIORITY 2436
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS PRIORITY 1418
RUEHSM/AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM PRIORITY 3088
RUEHTC/AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE PRIORITY 7301
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO PRIORITY 0736
RUEHVI/AMEMBASSY VIENNA PRIORITY 0631
RUEHEG/AMEMBASSY CAIRO PRIORITY 0122
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME PRIORITY 2264
RUEHTV/AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV PRIORITY 2420
RUEHLA/AMCONSUL BARCELONA PRIORITY 2926

UNCLAS MADRID 001433

SIPDIS

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

NEA/RA FOR JILL SHAUNFIELD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS:
KMFO, PREL, XT, IS, IT, JA, EG, SP
SUBJECT: MFO FAVS: SPANISH LOOKING FOR MONEY

REF: STATE 94985

(SBU) The DCM discussed a possible Spanish contribution to
the purchase of fully armed vehicles for the Multinational
Forces and Observers (MFO) with Javier Sancho, Chief of Staff
to Foreign Minister Moratinos, on July 2. Sancho said that
it sounded like a good idea and indicated he would ask DG for
Middle East, Mediterranean, and Africa Alvaro Iranzo to look
into funding possibilities. Separately, Poloff contacted
Deputy Director General for the Middle East Alberto Ucelay on
July 2 to follow up. Ucelay said that the Spanish were
looking for money but were as yet unable to provide a funding
source. Poloff followed up again with Ucelay on July 13, and
Ucelay confirmed that the Spanish supported a contribution
but had not yet located funds. He said he would contact
Poloff when funds became available. COMMENT: Given the
proximity of the August vacation in Spain, it appears that
Spain may not be able to produce a contribution prior to
September. We will continue to pursue the matter with our
counterparts in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. END COMMENT.

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