US embassy cable - 02ROME402

WASSENAAR HOS: ITALY STILL MUMBLING BUT COMING AROUND

Identifier: 02ROME402
Wikileaks: View 02ROME402 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2002-01-25 17:42:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: AMGT ETTC IT KSTC PARM EUN
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C O N F I D E N T I A L ROME 000402 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR T, PM/DCT, NP/ECNP. PM/RSAT 
DOD FOR OSD:PDASD/S&TR, DUSD/TSP, DIR DTSA/ST & DTRSA/STP 
DOD ALSO FOR USD(A&T)/ODUSD(I&CP) & USD(A&T)/IDA 
USDOC FOR BXA/EA/OAS & BXA/EA/OSTFPC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/25/2007 

TAGS: AMGT, ETTC, IT, KSTC, PARM, EUN 
SUBJECT: WASSENAAR HOS: ITALY STILL MUMBLING BUT COMING 
AROUND 
 
REF: (A) MCBRIDE-VANSON 1/24 E-MAIL E (B) VIENNA 92 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: ECMIN MARGARET DEAN; REASON 1.5 B/D. 
 
 1. (SBU)  UGO DE MOHR, MFA'S NONPROLIFERATION COORDINATOR, 
GAVE HIS VIEW OF THE STATE OF PLAY OF THE WASSENAAR HEAD OF 
SECRETARIAT ISSUE DURING A JANUARY 24 MEETING WITH ECONOFF. 
 
SIPDIS 
HE SEES, OR AT LEAST COUCHES, THE SITUATION IN PROCEDURAL 
TERMS: THE DECEMBER PLENARY HAVING ENDED WITHOUT SELECTION OF 
A HOS, THE PROCESS HAS TO START OVER; THE UKRAINE CHAIR 
SHOULD CALL FOR NOMINATIONS; THERE SHOULD BE AN EXTRAORDINARY 
SESSION TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR, PERHAPS IN MAY. 
 
2. (SBU) DE MOHR SAID ITALY WOULD NOT FIELD A CANDIDATE FOR 
THE JOB.  ON THE SWEDISH CANDIDACY, HE DOESN'T SEE ANY 
QUESTION OF BLOCKAGE.  IF THE SWEDE IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE, HE 
EXPLAINED, ITALY WOULD NOT OPPOSE HIM.   ON THE OTHER HAND, 
HE HAS ALREADY HEARD RUMORS THAT ANOTHER CANDIDATE (HE 
THOUGHT MAYBE A SLOVAK) WOULD JUMP INTO THE RACE WHEN 
NOMINATIONS ARE OPENED.  IF THERE IS ANOTHER CANDIDACY, HE 
SAID WOULD LIKELY VIEW IT IN THE CONTEXT OF "THE POLICY OF 
GEOGRAPHIC ROTATION.  AFTER ALL WE CAN'T HAVE SUCH A POLICY 
ON MONDAY AND THEN SAY ON WEDNESDAY IT NO LONGER APPLIES." 
(NOTE.  DURING THE CONTROVERSY OVER LAURIOLA'S CANDIDACY FOR 
A NEW HOS TERM, DE MOHR INSISTED THAT SELECTION OF A SWEDE 
WOULD VIOLATE THE PRINCIPLE BECAUSE A SWEDE WAS ACTING HOS 
BEFORE LAURIOLA.  END NOTE.) 

3. (C) COMMENT.  ALTHOUGH DE MOHR WAS HIS USUAL COOPERATIVE 
SELF ON THE SEVERAL OTHER ITEMS ON YESTERDAY'S MEETING 
AGENDA, HE MADE CLEAR THAT THE LAURIOLA EPISODE STILL 
RANKLES.   WHEN THE GLOVES CAME OFF DURING THAT DECEMBER 
CONFRONTATION, DE MOHR UNDERSTOOD CLEARLY THAT OUR OPPOSITION 
TO LAURIOLA DID NOT STEM SOLELY FROM A USG PREFERENCE FOR THE 
ROTATION OF MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATION LEADERSHIP.  HIS 
ELEVATION OF THAT PREFERENCE TO AN OSTENSIBLE WASSENNAR 
PRINCIPLE AND INDICATION THAT ITALY MAY TROT IT OUT IN 
COUNTERATTACK TO THE SWEDISH CANDIDACY CLEARLY SHOWS HIS 
BITTERNESS.  SINCE DE MOHR RUNS A ONE-OFFICER SHOP, WE DON'T 
YET KNOW THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE GOI SHARES HIS PIQUE. 
ALTHOUGH DE MOHR FAVORS A DELIBERATE CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AND 
A VOTE NEXT SPRING, A CLEAR INDICATION THAT NO OTHER 
CANDIDATES, SLOVAK OR OTHERWISE, ARE IN THE OFFING MAY HELP 
US CONVINCE THE GOI, AT A PAYGRADE ABOVE DE MOHR'S, TO ALLOW 
ACCELERATION OF THE ELECTION PROCESS. 
SEMBLER 
 



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