US embassy cable - 02ROME1461

OPCW ITALIANS CONCERNED ABOUT LINKAGE TO CONTRIBUTION PAYMENTS

Identifier: 02ROME1461
Wikileaks: View 02ROME1461 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2002-03-21 17:19:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PARM PREL IT CWC
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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CONFIDENTIAL ROME 001461 
 
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C O N F I D E N T I A L ROME 001461 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/20/2012 
TAGS: PARM, PREL, IT, CWC 
SUBJECT: OPCW ITALIANS CONCERNED ABOUT LINKAGE TO 
CONTRIBUTION PAYMENTS 
 
REF: A. A) STATE 53938 
 
     B. B) STATE 51363 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: POLMIN COUNSELOR TOM COUNTRYMAN FOR REASONS 1.5(B), (D) 
 
1. (C) ITALY DOUBTS THE REMOVAL OF DG BUSTANI WILL BE SETTLED 
BY THE OPCW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND EXPECTS IT WILL HAVE TO 
BE RESOLVED AT THE STATES PARTIES MEETING THIS FALL, 
ACCORDING TO MFA ARMS CONTROL AND DISARMAMENT OFFICE DIRECTOR 
ALESSANDRO CEVESE.  CEVESE MET WITH POL-MIL OFFICER JUST 
AFTER TALKING WITH ITALY'S OPCW REPRESENTATIVE ON MARCH 21. 
ITALY CONTINUES TO SUPPORT THE NO CONFIDENCE MOTION, CEVESE 
SAID, BUT THE PROCESS HAS BEEN VERY DIVISIVE FOR THE 
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND COULD END UP BEING COSTLY AS WELL. 
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2. (C) CEVESE MENTIONED ONE THEORY CURRENTLY CIRCULATING THAT 
THE U.S. EFFORT TO REMOVE BUSTANI IS AN ATTEMPT TO WEAKEN THE 
OPCW IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN THE AUSTRALIA GROUP.  WHILE ITALY 
RECOGNIZES THAT BUSTANI'S REMOVAL IS SOUGHT AS A MEANS OF 
RESTORING THE OPCW'S VIABILITY, SOME COUNTRIES SUSPECT THE 
U.S. HAS OTHER MOTIVES, CEVESE COMMENTED.  RUMOURS THAT THE 
U.S. MIGHT NOT PAY ITS CONTRIBUTION OR MIGHT PRESSURE THE 
ORGANIZATION TO CEASE OPERATIONS FOR SEVERAL MONTHS IF 
BUSTANI IS NOT REMOVED UNDERMINE U.S. STATEMENTS THAT ITS 
OBJECTIVE IS TO STRENGTHN THE OPCW, HE SAID.  THE GOI WOULD 
BE VERY CONCERNED IF THE U.S. IS CONSIDERING EITHER OF THESE 
OPTIONS, ACCORDING TO CEVESE. SUCH ACTIONS WOULD FURTHER 
DELAY DECISIONS ON RESOLVING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS FACING THE 
ORGANIZATION.  ITALY AGREES WITH THE U.S. THAT BUSTANI'S 
RESIGNATION IS NECESSARY, CEVESE SAID, BUT LINKING HIS 
REMOVAL TO CONTRIBUTIONS PAYMENTS OR THE OPCW OPERATION WOULD 
BE A SERIOUS MISTAKE.  HE MADE IT CLEAR THAT ITALY INTENDS TO 
PAY ITS CONTRIBUTION WHETHER OR NOT BUSTANI IS REMOVED. 
POL-MIL OFFICER, DRAWING FROM REFS A, B AND OTHERS, 
EMPHASIZED THE U.S. COMMITMENT TO THE CWC AND THE OPCW, AND 
STRESSED THAT STRENGTHENING THE ORGANIZATION IS THE ONLY 
MOTIVE BEHIND U.S. ACTIONS. 
 
3. (C) COMMENT.  THE GOI SUPPORTS A NO CONFIDENCE MOTION 
AGAINST DG BUSTANI, IN PART BECAUSE IT AGREES BUSTANI HAS 
FAILED TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE DONE TO THE ORGANIZATION BUT ALSO 
BECAUSE IT RECOGNIZES THAT BUSTANI HAS LOST THE CONFIDENCE OF 
THE U.S.  THAT SAID, THE ITALIANS WOULD HAVE PREFERRED 
BROADER CONSULTATIONS WITH OPCW MEMBERS BEFORE THE U.S. 
MOUNTED THE EFFORT TO REMOVE BUSTANI.  THE GOI'S PARAMOUNT 
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CONCERN CONTINUES TO BE MINIMIZING THE HARM TO THE OPCW'S 
INTEGRITY AND RESTORING ITS VIABILITY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 
END COMMENT. 
SEMBLER 
 
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