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Cablegate: Italy to Pledge 30 Million Euros for Lebanon at Stockholm

Published: Wed 30 Aug 2006 03:34 PM
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SUBJECT: ITALY TO PLEDGE 30 MILLION EUROS FOR LEBANON AT STOCKHOLM
DONORS' CONFERENCE
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THIS MESSAGE IS SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED.
1. (U) Acting EconMinCouns and Econoff met with Federica Ferrari
Bravo, Office Director for the Middle East and Balkans in the MFA's
Bureau of Cooperation and Development (BCD) August 30 to deliver
reftel points.
2. (U) Ferrari Bravo stated that the GOI will pledge 30 million
euro at the August 31 Stockholm conference, which she would attend
along with Deputy Foreign Minister Patrizia Sentinelli (Note:
Sentinelli's portfolio includes Development Assistance and
Sub-Saharan Africa. End note). Ferrari Bravo noted that the 30
million euro, which the Council of Ministers announced in its August
28 decree law authorizing Italy's military mission in Lebanon, had
not yet arrived in MFA coffers.
3. (SBU) Ferrari Bravo said that the MFA had not yet decided how
to allocate the 30 million and was still discussing plans. Ferrari
Bravo speculated that the money would be used for school
rehabilitation, ongoing agricultural development projects, and
humanitarian assistance. She added that the MFA would prefer to
continue previously initiated development projects in Lebanon that
are in line with BCD's humanitarian assistance goals.
4. (SBU) Regarding future assistance pledges, Ferrari Bravo stated
that, given Italy's tight foreign assistance budget, it would be
difficult for the GOI to pledge more funding to Lebanon in 2006
beyond the 30 million euro.
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