US embassy cable - 02ROME5036

ITALY: POINTS FOR PM'S TRIP TO RUSSIA AND PARLIAMENT SPEAKER'S TRIP TO IRAN

Identifier: 02ROME5036
Wikileaks: View 02ROME5036 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2002-10-16 12:27:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL KNNP MNUC PARM IT IR IZ RS EUN UN
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C O N F I D E N T I A L ROME 005036 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/16/2012 
TAGS: PREL, KNNP, MNUC, PARM, IT, IR, IZ, RS, EUN, UN 
SUBJECT: ITALY: POINTS FOR PM'S TRIP TO RUSSIA AND 
PARLIAMENT SPEAKER'S TRIP TO IRAN 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 201639 
     B. SECSTATE 195668 
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CLASSIFIED BY: DCM EMIL SKODON FOR REASONS 1.5 (B) AND (D) 
 
1. (C) ON OCT 15 DCM BRIEFED PM BERLUSCONI DIPLOMATIC ADVISOR 
CASTELLANETA ON USG CONCERNS REGARDING RUSSIAN POLICIES 
TOWARD IRAQ AND IRAN, USING POINTS IN REF A, IN PREPARATION 
FOR THE PM'S OCT 16 MEETING WITH PRESIDENT PUTIN IN MOSCOW. 
(NOTE: CASTELLANETA HAD REQUESTED THIS BRIEFING ON BEHALF OF 
BERLUSCONI, SO THAT THE PM COULD BE AWARE OF ANY POINTS THE 
USG RECOMMENDED HE EMPHASIZE TO PUTIN.  END NOTE.) 
CASTELLANETA, A FORMER GOI AMBASSADOR TO TEHRAN, WAS 
ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN USG POINTS REGARDING RUSSIAN 
INVOLVEMENT IN IRANIAN COVERT AND OVERT NUCLEAR PROGRAMS AND 
THE THREAT THAT POSED TO U.S.-RUSSIAN RELATIONS.  REGARDING 
IRAQ, HE COMMENTED THAT THE PM AGREED COMPLETELY WITH USG 
POINTS ON THE NEED FOR A FIRM AND UNITED INTERNATIONAL EFFORT 
TO PRESSURE SADDAM TO GIVE UP HIS WMD.  CASTELLANETA SAID 
THAT THE SOLE EVENT ON THE SCHEDULE FOR THE PM'S ONE-DAY 
MOSCOW TRIP WAS A LONG ONE-PLUS-ONE LUNCH WITH PUTIN. 
CASTELLANETA EXPECTED HE WOULD BE THE PLUS-ONE ON THE ITALIAN 
SIDE.  CASTELLANETA ALSO MENTIONED THAT THERE WAS A SLIM 
POSSIBILITY THAT THE PM'S RETURN FLIGHT WOULD BE RE-ROUTED 
THROUGH BERLIN THE EVENING OF OCT 16, IF/IF A MEETING COULD 
BE SCHEDULED WITH THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR. 
 
2. (C) ON OCT 10, DCM AND POL MC RAISED REF B POINTS ON IRAN 
WITH PIETRO SEBASTIANI, DIPLOMATIC ADVISOR FOR PIERFERDINANDO 
CASINI, PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES.  CASINI HAD 
REQUESTED USG INPUT PRIOR TO HIS TRIP TO IRAN.  THEY STRESSED 
THAT, EVEN THOUGH CASINI WAS NOT LIKELY TO MEET IRANIAN 
OFFICIALS DIRECTLY INVOLVED WITH WMD AND TERRORISM ISSUES, IT 
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WAS IMPORTANT TO CLARIFY PUBLICLY AND PRIVATELY HOW VITAL 
SUCH ISSUES WERE IN BUILDING STRONG TIES WITH EUROPE.  THE 
IRANIAN PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT EQUATE THE EU 
ENGAGEMENT POLICY WITH TACIT ACCEPTANCE OF IRAN'S WMD OR 
TERRORISM RECORD. 
 
3. (C) ON OCT 14, CASINI INFORMED THE AMBASSADOR THAT HE 
WOULD GO TO IRAN OCT 31-NOV 4.  AS THE DCM DID WITH 
SEBASTIANI, THE AMBASSADOR OFFERED TO PROVIDE CASINI BOTH 
PUBLIC DOCUMENTS AND INTELLIGENCE-DERIVED BRIEFINGS ON IRAN, 
WHICH CASINI ACCEPTED.  EMBASSY IS CURRENTLY WORKING TO 
ARRANGE THOSE BRIEFINGS. 
SEMBLER 
 
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 2002ROME05036 - Classification: CONFIDENTIAL 


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