|06ROME2582||2006-09-13 15:50:00||UNCLASSIFIED||Embassy Rome|
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UNCLAS ROME 002582
1. Poloff delivered Ref A demarche on the Community of
Democracies (CD) Ministerial September 12 to Gabriella
Biondi, MFA Acting Office Director for UN Affairs, and
Brunella Borzi, MFA OSCE Office Director (and CD
coordinator). Poloff noted we plan to focus our
participation on the success of the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
and highlighted the need to show support for civil society
and NGOs. Biondi and Borzi agreed the CD was an excellent
forum and noted that Italy was taking a leadership role as
one of the co-chairs (along with Sri Lanka and El Salvador)
of the Working Group on National and Transnational Threats to
2. According to Biondi, Prime Minister Romano Prodi's
center-left government (in power since May) was still
considering how to follow through on the previous
government's UNDEF pledge that has not been fulfilled.
Poloff noted and Biondi agreed the upcoming ministerial
provided a good opportunity for the GOI to make a decision.
Biondi and Borzi said Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema was
tentatively scheduled to participate in the CD Ministerial,
but that Under Secretary Gianni Vernetti would represent
Italy if FM D'Alema wasn't able to attend.