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Title: ITALY ON LIBYA: RABTA GATHERS STEAM

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02ROME30672002-06-21 17:42:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET Embassy Rome
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S E C R E T ROME 003067 
 
SIPDIS 
 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: X1, X5 
TAGS: PREL ETRD ETTC PARM IT SECRET PAGE ROME
SUBJECT: ITALY ON LIBYA: RABTA GATHERS STEAM 
 
REF: (A) ROME 1748 (B) STATE 57323 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: A/DCM MARGARET DEAN; REASONS 1.5 B/D, X1, X5 
 
¶1. (S) SUMMARY.  HAVING VETTED THE MATTER THROUGH 
INTELLIGENCE CHANNELS TO ITS SATISFACTION, THE GOI HAS 
RESUMED CONSIDERATION OF THE APPLICATION OF AN ITALIAN 
PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY TO CONTRACT WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF 
LIBYA TO REFURBISH CHEMICAL FACILITIES AT RABTA TO ALLOW FOR 
THE PRODUCTION OF MEDICINES, MFA'S NONPROLIFERATION 
COORDINATOR SAID ON JUNE 14. A DRAFT ITALY-LIBYA MEMORANDUM 
OF UNDERSTANDING WILL BE INTRODUCED TO AN INTERMINISTERIAL 
DUAL USE EXPORTS COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY MFA ON JUNE 21 AND, 
THEREAFTER, ANY CHANGES TO THE RABTA CONTRACT NECESSARY TO 
COMPORT WITH THE MOU WILL BE MADE.  MFA EXPECTS THE 
APPLICATION TO BE READY FOR APPROVAL AT THE JULY MEETING OF 
THE COMMITTEE.  A BRITISH COMPANY CONTINUES TO COMPETE FOR 
THE CONTRACT AS WELL.  MFA RECENTLY HAD THE ITALIAN 
AMBASSADOR TO WASHINGTON VISIT THE DEPARTMENT IN ORDER TO 
REACTIVATE A DIRECT COMMUNICATION CHANNEL ON RABTA.  END 
SUMMARY. 
 
¶2. (S) AN ITALIAN PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY, PHARMACHIM OF 
MILAN, CONTINUES TO PUSH THE GOI FOR LEAVE TO CONTRACT WITH 
THE GOVERNMENT OF LIBYA TO REFURBISH CHEMICAL PRODUCTION 
FACILITIES AT RABTA, MFA'S NONPROLIFERATION ISSUES 
COORDINATOR UGO DE MOHR TOLD ECONOFF ON JUNE 14.  DE MOHR 
SAID ITALIAN INTELLIGENCE SERVICES HAVE COMPLETED REVIEW OF 
THE CASE AND RETURNED THE FILE TO THE INTERMINISTERIAL DUAL 
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USE EXPORT CONTROLS COMMITTEE HE CHAIRS.  THE APPLICATION IS 
ON THE COMMITTEE'S AGENDA FOR ITS JUNE 21 MEETING.  DE MOHR 
SAID HE WILL PRESENT AT THE MEETING A DRAFT GOI-GOL 
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING REGARDING TERMS AND CONDITIONS 
FOR THE VENTURE -- TO INCLUDE REGULAR GOI INSPECTION OF 
FACILITIES AND VERIFIABLE DESTRUCTION OF "NONRELEVANT" RABTA 
FACILITIES. 
 
¶3. (S) DE MOHR EXPECTS THE MOU, WHEN FINALIZED WITH THE 
LIBYANS, WILL NECESSITATE CONFORMING CHANGES IN THE 
PHARMACHIM-GOL CONTRACT.  HE BELIEVES THAT, BARRING 
UNFORESEEN DELAYS, THE MOU/CONTRACT PACKAGE SHOULD BE READY 
FOR A COMMITTEE VOTE AT ITS JULY MEETING (DATE NOT YET SET). 
 
¶4. (S) DE MOHR SAID THE BRITISH COMPANY GLAXOSMITH CONTINUES 
TO PURSUE THE LIBYAN CONTRACT.  HE DECLINED TO REITERATE THE 
CONFIDENCE HE EXPRESSED REF A THAT PHARMACHIM HAD BEEN GIVEN 
THE INSIDE TRACK BY THE LIBYANS.  HE MENTIONED THAT AN 
UNNAMED COMPANY FROM THE BALKANS HAS ALSO RECENTLY ENTERED 
THE RABTA COMPETITION.  HE ADDED THAT ITALIAN INTELLIGENCE 
OFFICIALS HAD RECEIVED ASSURANCES FROM THEIR BRITISH 
COUNTERPARTS THAT ANY UK BLESSING OF A GOL AWARD TO 
GLAXOSMITH WOULD BE CONDITIONED ON A GOVERNMENT-TO-GOVERNMENT 
MOU SIMILAR TO THE ONE BEING DRAFTED BY THE GOI. 
 
¶5. (S) FINALLY, DE MOHR SAID THE GOI HAD RECENTLY INSTRUCTED 
ITALIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S. FERDINAND SALLEO TO VISIT THE 
DEPARTMENT TO DISCUSS RABTA.  DE MOHR'S CHARACTERIZED 
SALLEO'S VISIT AS A REACTIVATION OF A DIRECT COMMUNICATION 
CHANNEL ON THE CASE FOLLOWING ITS REVIEW BY ITALIAN 
INTELLIGENCE. 
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