US embassy cable - 02ROME1548

ITALY ON WASSENAAR HOS: NOT TO WORRY UNCLASSIFIED

Identifier: 02ROME1548
Wikileaks: View 02ROME1548 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2002-03-27 08:53:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Tags: ETTC IT KSTC PARM EUN
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS ROME 001548 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
STATE FOR T, PM/DCT, NP/ECNP, PM/RSAT 
DOD FOR OSD, PDASD/S&TR, DUSD/TSP, DIRDTSA/ST AND DTRSA/STP 
DOD ALSO FOR USD (A&T)/ODUSD(I&CP) AND USD(A&T)/IDA 
USDOC FOR BXA/EA/OAS AND BXA/EA/OSTFPC 
NSC FOR TUCKER 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ETTC, IT, KSTC, PARM, EUN 
SUBJECT: ITALY ON WASSENAAR HOS: NOT TO WORRY 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
 
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REF: (A) MCBRIDE-VANSON 3/22 E-MAIL (B) VIENNA 449 
 
 1. (U) ITALY SEES NO REMAINING SUBSTANTIVE WASSENAAR 
ARRANGEMENT HEAD OF SECRETARIAT SUCCESSION ISSUE, MFA'S 
NONPROLIFERATION COORDINATOR UGO DE MOHR TOLD ECONOFF ON 
MARCH 22.  ITALY ACCEPTS THAT THE SWEDISH CANDIDATE, 
AMBASSADOR DANIELSSON, WILL BE THE NEXT HOS, AND DE MOHR SAID 
ITALY IS FULLY SUPPORTIVE. 
 
2. (SBU) DE MOHR ALLOWED THAT THERE MAY HAVE BEEN SOME RECENT 
"MISCOMMUNICATION" ABOUT ITALY'S POSITION ON THE HOS SALARY 
QUESTION.  ITALY AGREES THAT THE NEXT HOS SHOULD HAVE A 
COMPENSATION PACKAGE EQUIVALENT TO A D2 RANK ON THE UNITED 
NATIONS PERSONNEL SCALE.  DE MOHR, HOWEVER, INSISTS THAT NO 
REFERENCE BE MADE TO A D2 RANK IN THE FORMAL LETTER OF 
APPOINTMENT OF THE HOS BECAUSE (1) WASSENAAR IS NOT PART OF 
THE UN SYSTEM AND (2) REFERENCE TO A D2 RANK WOULD SEEM TO 
THE WORLD TO BE A DOWNGRADING OF THE POSITION.  HE POINTED 
OUT THAT THE LETTER OF APPOINTMENT PRESENTED FOUR YEAR AGO TO 
INCUMBENT HOS LAURIOLA MADE NO REFERENCE TO RANK.  LAURIOLA, 
LIKE DANIELSSON, CARRIES THE PERSONAL RANK OF AMBASSADOR, A 
RANK DE MOHR BELIEVES LENDS USEFUL PRESTIGE TO THE HOS 
POSITION.  ECONOFF COUNTERED THAT, IF THE POSITION CARRIED NO 
EXPRESS RANK WHEN AMBASSADOR LAURIOLA OCCUPIED IT, IT COULD 
HARDLY BE "DOWNGRADED" NOW. 
 
3. (SBU) REPEATEDLY CHARACTERIZING THE HOS COMPENSATION 
PACKAGE AS A MINOR ISSUE THAT SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO 
INTERFERE WITH THE ENHANCED IMPORTANCE OF WASSENAAR IN THE 
POST 9-11 WORLD, DE MOHR NEVERTHELESS BELABORED THE MATTER. 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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HE COMPLAINED THAT THE TURKISH AND UKRAINIAN PLENARY CHAIRS 
HAD NOT CIRCULATED A GOI LETTER OBJECTING TO THE DOWNGRADING 
OF THE HOS POSITION.  ("THE TURKS," HE SAID, "LIED TO THE 
UKRAINIANS FOR REASONS I WON'T GO INTO.")  HE ALLEGED THAT 
THE DRAFT COMPENSATION PACKAGE HAD IMPROPERLY BEEN SHOWED TO 
A HOS CANDIDATE BEFORE BEING APPROVED BY THE MEMBERSHIP.  HE 
DOUBTED THAT WASSENAAR WILL REALIZE A SAVINGS WITH THE NEW 
CONTRACT BECAUSE THE NEW HOS MAY BE ENTITLED TO ADDITIONAL 
BENEFITS (SEPARATION ALLOWANCE, ETC.) THAT CANNOT BE FULLY 
CALCULATED UNTIL HE SUBMITS REQUISITE PAPERWORK.  HE, 
HOWEVER, CONCLUDED THE SUBJECT ON AN UPBEAT NOTE, SAYING 
"LET'S NOT MAKE PROBLEMS THAT DON'T EXIST" AS THE USG AND GOI 
PREPARE TO WORK CLOSELY TOGETHER (AS WASSENAAR PLENARY CHAIR 
AND EXPERTS COMMITTEE CHAIR RESPECTIVELY). 
 
4.  (SBU) COMMENT.  WE WON'T PRESUME TO JUDGE WHETHER DE 
MOHR'S LATEST HOS FOOT-DRAGGING REFLECTS FURTHER 
LAURIOLA-SAGA INTRIGUE OR WHETHER HE REALLY FEELS THE HOS 
WOULD BE DIMINISHED BY AN EXPRESS D2 RANK.  IF APPROPRIATE AS 
A WASSENAAR ADMINISTRATIVE MATTER, THE PATH OF LEAST 
RESISTANCE WOULD BE TO SIMPLY DELETE ANY REFERENCE TO RANK IN 
THE HOS LETTER OF APPOINTMENT.  DE MOHR MAINTAINS THAT'S ALL 
HE WANTS AND, NOTWITHSTANDING ALL THAT HAS GONE BEFORE IN THE 
HOS MATTER, WE HAVE NEVER KNOWN HIM TO BE OVERTLY 
DISINGENUOUS. 
 
SEMBLER 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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 2002ROME01548 - Classification: UNCLASSIFIED 


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