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Cablegate: Spain Strapped for Funds for Lebanon Tribunal, Mfo

VZCZCXRO5539
PP RUEHAG RUEHDF RUEHIK RUEHLZ RUEHROV
DE RUEHMD #1918 2761528
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 031528Z OCT 07
FM AMEMBASSY MADRID
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3559
INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHLB/AMEMBASSY BEIRUT PRIORITY 0254
RUEHTV/AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV PRIORITY 2424
RUEHEG/AMEMBASSY CAIRO PRIORITY 0132
RUEHJM/AMCONSUL JERUSALEM PRIORITY 0630
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0380

UNCLAS MADRID 001918

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

IO/UNP FOR ANNELIESE REINEMEYER
ROME FOR MFO JAMES LAROCCO
NEA/RA FOR JILL SHAUNFIELD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: UNSC PTER PREL KMFO XT LE IS IT JA EG
SUBJECT: SPAIN STRAPPED FOR FUNDS FOR LEBANON TRIBUNAL, MFO

REF: A. STATE 129919
B. MADRID 1803
C. MADRID 1433

(U) Poloff delivered reftel demarche separately to Juan
Manuel Linares, Deputy Director General for the United
Nations, and Alberto Ucelay, Deputy Director General for the
Middle East, on October 1. Linares and Ucelay coincided in
their response that Spain was entering its end of year
budgetary phase and had no extra funds currently available
for a contribution to the Lebanon Tribunal. Linares
emphasized that Spain is already providing a significant
financial and military commitment to Lebanon as the third
leading contributor to UNIFIL and a major provider of
reconstruction assistance. Linares noted that budget
negotiations for MFA are slowly getting underway for FY 2008
and it is possible that an allocation for voluntary
contributions could come out of those negotiations, but he
was not overly optimistic. Both Linares and Ucelay
underscored that the MFA is prioritizing its request for an
'08 allocation for an "important" contribution to the
Multinational Forces and Observers, which they hoped would be
successful. Such a contribution, coupled with their
continued military and assistance presence in Lebanon, would
likely be the most Spain could achieve in a tight budgetary
cycle. Poloff emphasized that even a symbolic contribution
from Spain would be greatly appreciated, which Ucelay agreed
to consider.
LLORENS

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