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02ROME3379
2002-07-10 07:43:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Rome
Cable title:  

ITALY ON UNIFIL: REDUCE IT BUT DON'T DISMANTLE IT

Tags:   LE  IS  KPKO  MARR  PREL  SY  IT  UNIFIL 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L ROME 003379 

SIPDIS

IO/PHO, IO/UNP, NEA/ARN, NEA/IPA

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/09/2012
TAGS: LE IS KPKO MARR PREL SY IT UNIFIL
SUBJECT: ITALY ON UNIFIL: REDUCE IT BUT DON'T DISMANTLE IT

REF: SECSTATE 129287

CLASSIFIED BY: ACTING POL MC GARY ROBBINS FOR REASONS 1.5 (B) AND (D)
CONFIDENTIAL

PAGE 02 ROME 03379 100735Z



1. (C) POL OFF DISCUSSED THE GOI'S ASSESSMENT OF UNIFIL WITH
GIUSEPPE PERRONE, THE MFA'S DESK OFFICER FOR LEBANON AND
ISRAEL AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR THE MIDDLE EAST OFFICE.
PERRONE SAID THAT THE GOI IS PLEASED WITH UNIFIL AND ITS
MISSION SO FAR. GIVEN THE WITHDRAWAL OF ISRAEL FROM LEBANON
IN 2000, ITALY AGREES WITH THE UNSC PLAN OF PROGRESSIVE
REDUCTION IN UNIFIL UNITS REACHING A FORCE OF 2,000 UNITS OF
ALL RANKS BY JULY 2002. WHEREAS THE GOI APPROVES OF A
REASONABLE REDUCTION IN UNIFIL FORCES TO REFLECT THE PRESENT
NEEDS, IT IS AGAINST THE DISMANTLING OF UNIFIL. UNIFIL
SHOULD CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN A SUFFICIENT FORCE NOT TO
JEOPARDIZE STABILITY IN THE REGION, STRESSED PERRONE.
SEMBLER

CONFIDENTIAL

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2002ROME03379 - Classification: CONFIDENTIAL