US embassy cable - 02ROME5961

ITALY'S INPUT FOR G-8 GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP MEETING CONFIDENTIAL

Identifier: 02ROME5961
Wikileaks: View 02ROME5961 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2002-12-12 12:20:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: KNNP MNUC PARM PREL RS IT UN
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C O N F I D E N T I A L ROME 005961 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/11/2012 
TAGS: KNNP, MNUC, PARM, PREL, RS, IT, UN 
SUBJECT: ITALY'S INPUT FOR G-8 GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP MEETING 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
 
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REF: SECSTATE 243941 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: POLITICAL MINISTER-COUNSELOR TOM COUNTRYMAN FOR 
REASONS 1.5 (B) AND (D) 
 
1. (C) MFA OFFICIALS IN THE DISARMAMENT BUREAU APOLOGIZED FOR 
THEIR DELAY IN RESPONDING TO REFTEL QUERIES AND HAVE NOW 
SHARED WITH US THE POINTS BELOW. 
 
2. (C) STATUS OF DISCUSSIONS WITH RUSSIANS:  THE GOI MET WITH 
THE GOR AT THE POLITICAL DIRECTORS LEVEL IN MOSCOW JULY 
15-16, HAD AN INFORMAL MEETING IN OTTAWA ON SEPT. 26, AND 
ANOTHER MEETING IN MOSCOW ON OCT. 14.  THE LATEST MEETING 
INVOLVED THE NATIONAL MUNITIONS AGENCY, THE MINISTRY OF 
ATOMIC ENERGY (MINATOM), AND AMBASSADOR LYSSENKO AT THE MID. 
THE GOI SUBMITTED TO THE GOR A DRAFT TEXT FOR A "FRAMEWORK 
AGREEMENT" AND HOPES TO START NEGOTIATIONS SOON.  THE 
NATIONAL MUNITIONS AGENCY SUGGESTED THAT ITALY TAKE THE LEAD 
FOR THE CW DESTRUCTION PLAN PROJECT IN POCHEP.  THE MINATOM 
WAS NOT YET PREPARED TO MAKE SPECIFIC PROPOSALS. 
 
3. (C) GUIDELINES AND PRACTICAL STEPS FOR IMPLEMENTATION: 
THE GOI, THROUGH THE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT, IS SEEKING TO 
TRANSPOSE INTO A LEGALLY BINDING TEXT THE POLITICAL 
COMMITMENTS CONTAINED IN THE KANANASKIS GUIDELINES.  IN 
PARTICULAR, THE GOI ASSIGNS GREAT RELEVANCE TO ISSUES RELATED 
TO LIABILITY, TAXATION, FISCAL ASPECTS, AND PRIVILEGES AND 
IMMUNITIES WHICH WOULD BE GRANTED TO REPRESENTATIVES OF ITALY 
WORKING ON SPECIFIC PROJECTS. 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
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4. (C) TASK FORCE:  THE GOI ESTABLISHED A TASK FORCE, LED BY 
THE MFA AND INCLUDING ALL RELEVANT AGENCIES AND MINISTRIES, 
IN PARTICULAR THE MINISTRY OF PRODUCTIVE ACTIVITIES.  THE 
TASK FORCE IS CURRENTLY FOCUSING ON THE DESTRUCTION OF CW AND 
THE DECOMMISSIONING OF NUCLEAR SUBMARINES.  THE TASK FORCE 
HAS UNDERSCORED THAT ITALY'S FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION SHOULD BE 
LINKED TO SPECIFIC AND DETAILED PROJECTS. 
 
5. (C) CHEMICAL WEAPONS:  SCHUCH'YE (GAS PIPELINE): ITALY IS 
CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF A GAS PIPELINE IN 
ORDER TO SUPPLY ENERGY TO THE DESTRUCTION FACILITY AND THE 
TOWN OF SCHUCH'YE.  THE GOI IS EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITY OF 
EXTENDING THE PIPELINE. 
 
6. (C) CHEMICAL WEAPONS:  POCHEP (DE-TOXIFICATION OF NERVE 
AGENTS): THE RUSSIANS HAVE PROPOSED IN PRINCIPLE THAT THE 
ITALIANS TAKE THE LEAD IN THIS PROJECT, WHICH WOULD PROVIDE 
FOR THE DETOXIFICATION OF NERVE AGENTS, WITH SUBSEQUENT 
TRANSFER TO THE SCHUCH'YE DESTRUCTION FACILITY.  ITALY IS 
STILL AWAITING SPECIFIC RUSSIAN PROPOSALS. 
 
7. (C) NUCLEAR SUBMARINES: NO SPECIFIC PROJECT PROPOSAL HAS 
BEEN SUBMITTED TO ITALY.  THE GOI HAS ASKED RUSSIA FOR MORE 
DETAILS ON THE SAEDA BAY PROJECT.  THE POSSIBLE SUPPLY OF 
HEAVY CRANES IS BEING CONSIDERED. 
SEMBLER 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
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 2002ROME05961 - Classification: CONFIDENTIAL 


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