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04ROME4544
2004-11-30 16:32:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Rome
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IRAQI DEFENSE MINISTER TELLS ITALIANS THAT

Tags:   PREL  MARR  IZ  IT  NATO  IRAQI  ELECTIONS 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L ROME 004544 

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/30/2014
TAGS: PREL MARR IZ IT NATO IRAQI ELECTIONS
SUBJECT: IRAQI DEFENSE MINISTER TELLS ITALIANS THAT
ELECTIONS SHOULD BE POSTPONED

Classified By: DCM Emil Skodon for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

C O N F I D E N T I A L ROME 004544

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/30/2014
TAGS: PREL MARR IZ IT NATO IRAQI ELECTIONS
SUBJECT: IRAQI DEFENSE MINISTER TELLS ITALIANS THAT
ELECTIONS SHOULD BE POSTPONED

Classified By: DCM Emil Skodon for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).


1. (C) Summary. In November 29 meetings with Italian
government officials, Iraq Defense Minister Hazim al Shalam
expressed security concerns about the upcoming elections in
Iraq, going so far as to advocate their postponement.
Italian officials told DCM that Italy will continue to
support the Iraqi election process, including the choice of
January 30 as the election date, in accordance with UNSC 1546
and the decisions of the sovereign Iraqi government. End
summary.


2. (C) Achille Amerio, the new Diplomatic Advisor to Defense
Minister Martino, called DCM at Martino's request to relay
concerns expressed by Iraqi Defense Minister al Shalam in a
private conversation with his Italian counterpart on the
margins of a November 29 official visit to Rome. Al Shalam
reportedly told Martino that January 30 was too early to hold
elections, in his opinion. There was, he claimed, evidence
of "infiltra4ion" by Iran, and a risk that ballots could b
manipulated. Holding elections on the 30th,he said, would
"play into the hands" of Syriaand Iran. Al Shalam said that
he would raise these concerns when he travels to Washington
ihe meantime, however, ino to speak directly Qpostponing the electi/ only took note
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continue to support whatever decision that government makes
in terms of timing for the elections.

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2004ROME04544 - Classification: CONFIDENTIAL