US embassy cable - 02ROME5864

ITALY UNDERSTANDING OF U.S. VIEWS ON MERCURY, BUT EU COUNCIL LIKELY TO ENDORSE BINDING INSTRUMENT PROPOSAL

Identifier: 02ROME5864
Wikileaks: View 02ROME5864 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2002-12-06 05:05:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: SENV IO AORC UNEP
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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UNCLAS ROME 005864 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SENV, IO, AORC, UNEP 
SUBJECT: ITALY UNDERSTANDING OF U.S. VIEWS ON MERCURY, BUT 
EU COUNCIL LIKELY TO ENDORSE BINDING INSTRUMENT PROPOSAL 
 
REF: STATE 242216 
 
1. EST COUNS MET DEC.4 WITH GIULIANA GASPARINNI, HEAD OF 
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT DIVISION RESPONSIBLE FOR CHEMICALS 
POLICY AND EU AFFAIRS. SHE AGREED THAT THAT THE USG 
SUGGESTION TO FORM A MERCURY UNIT WITHIN UNEP WOULD BE 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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USEFUL, AND ALSO AGREED THAT AN AMENDMENT TO THE STOCKHOLM 
CONVENTION FOR MERCURY IN ADVANCE OF THE ENTRY INTO FORCE OF 
THE CONVENTION WOULD BE AN INAPPROPRIATE MEASURE.  SHE ALSO 
SAID THAT THE PRIMARY JOB WITH GLOBAL CHEMICALS REGIMES WAS 
TO IMPLEMENT THOSE ALREADY EXISTING, AND NOT TO NEGOTIATE NEW 
ONES. 
 
2. GASPARRINI THEN ADDED, WITH SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO THE 
ALREADY DRAFTED CONCLUSIONS PREPARED FOR THE DEC. 9 
ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL MEETING, THAT IT APPEARED LIKELY THAT THE 
COUNCIL WOULD ENDORSE A BINDING INSTRUMENT FOR THE MANAGEMENT 
OF MERCURY UNDER PRESSURE FROM THE NORDIC EU STATES.  SHE 
PROMISED TO DO WHAT SHE COULD TO MODERATE ANY LANGUAGE THAT 
MIGHT EMERGE WITH REGARD TO SCOPE AND TIMING, AND TO ARGUE 
THAT THE U.S.APPROACH PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE 
FORWARD ON THE ISSUE WITHOUT FALSE STARTS. 
 
SEMBLER 
SEMBLER 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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 2002ROME05864 - Classification: UNCLASSIFIED 


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