US embassy cable - 03ROME2412

(S) PROPOSING INTERDICTION STRATEGY: ITALY

Identifier: 03ROME2412
Wikileaks: View 03ROME2412 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2003-05-30 15:01:00
Classification: SECRET
Tags: PARM PREL MNUC KNNP IT
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S E C R E T ROME 002412 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
FOR NP/RA, EUR, EUR/WE, AND EAP 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/30/2013 
TAGS: PARM, PREL, MNUC, KNNP, IT 
SUBJECT: (S)  PROPOSING INTERDICTION STRATEGY: ITALY 

REF: A. SECSTATE 140085 
 
     B. 5/30 HODGES EMAIL 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: CLASSIFIED BY CHARGE D'AFFAIRES EMIL SKODON FOR REASONS 
1.5 (A), (C), AND (D). 
 
 1. (S) CHARGE MET WITH MFA POLITICAL DIRECTOR ARAGONA ON MAY 
29 TO RAISE REFTEL POINTS AND TO DELIVER NONPAPER ON PROPOSED 
INTERDICTION STRATEGY TO COMBAT PROLIFERATION.  A/POLITICAL 
MINISTER-COUNSELOR AND ACTING MFA DIRECTOR FOR ARMS CONTROL 
CUCULI ALSO PARTICIPATED.  CHARGE STRESSED THAT WE SEEK, 
AMONG THIS SELECT GROUP OF INTERLOCUTORS, EARLY AND BROAD 
CONSULTATIONS ON ALL FACETS OF INTERDICTION STRATEGY: 
POLITICAL, LEGAL, MILITARY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, ETC.  HE 
ENCOURAGED AN EARLY AND POSITIVE ITALIAN RESPONSE IN ORDER TO 
FACILITATE PARTICIPATION AT THE MEETING IN EARLY JUNE. 
 
2. (S) ARAGONA WAS RECEPTIVE, BUT CAUTIONED THAT HE COULD NOT 
GIVE A FORMAL REPLY BEFORE COORDINATING WITH GOI POLITICAL, 
LEGAL, AND OTHER EXPERTS.  HE EXPRESSED APPRECIATION FOR THE 
INCLUSION OF ITALY IN OUR INITIAL APPROACHES, AND WELCOMED 
THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN EARLY CONSULTATIONS AND 
BRAINSTORMING.  ARAGONA REAFFIRMED THAT ITALY IS FULLY 
COMMITTED TO BOTH NON- AND COUNTER-PROLIFERATION, INCLUDING 
INTERDICTION MEASURES.  HE NOTED THE NONPAPER'S STRUCTURAL 
SIMILARITIES WITH OUR INITIAL DEMARCHES ON MARITIME INTERCEPT 
OPERATIONS (MIOS), AND EVINCED KEEN INTEREST IN THE MANNER IN 
WHICH WE HAD CHOSEN THE LIST OF INITIAL INTERLOCUTORS.  HE 
TOOK ON BOARD THE FACT THAT THESE REPRESENTED NO EXISTING 
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK, OPINING THAT IT MIGHT EVENTUALLY BE 
    NECESSARY TO LINK THE INITIATIVE TO ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE 
UN, IMO, AND OTHERS. 
 
3. (S) A/POL MC SUBSEQUENTLY CONVEYED TO MFA REF B 
INFORMATION ON NEW MEETING DATE (JUNE 12) AND LIKELY A/S 
LEVEL OF USG DELEGATION CHIEF. 
SKODON 
 
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 2003ROME02412 - Classification: SECRET 


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