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Title: ITALY ISSUES DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF AHTISAARI'S

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SUBJECT: ITALY ISSUES DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF AHTISAARI'S 
PROPOSALS 
 
REF: A) STATE 37835 B) LONDON 1177 
 
¶1. (U) On March 26, the Italian MFA issued a statement in 
support of UNOSEK Ahtisaari's proposal for Kosovo and pledged 
to work toward finding a status solution for Kosovo in the 
UNSC.  The statement also welcomed the role of NATO and EU in 
ensuring the stability of the region.  Text of statement is 
as follows: 
 
Begin text. 
 
The foreign ministry in Rome has expressed its appreciation 
to Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari for his presentation to the 
Security Council of a proposal for the future status of 
Kosovo, and has assessed the outcome of his efforts as 
positive.  Ahtisaari's proposal represents a major 
contribution to the creation of a multiethnic and democratic 
society in Kosovo based on the principles of rule of law 
within the broader framework of regional cooperation and 
Euro-Atlantic integration. 
 
Italy views the proposal's overall architecture favourably, 
with particular regard to the fundamental rights standards 
envisaged for all the components of the society of Kosovo. 
We are particularly in favour of the assumption of a front 
line role, replacing UNMIK, for the European Union, which, 
along with NATO is to become a fundamental factor in the 
area's security. 
 
Italy will continue to actively support, particularly within 
the framework of the UN Security Council, the pursuance of 
the process toward the future status of Kosovo, which, with 
the presentation of the proposal by the UN Secretary 
General's Special Envoy, has taken a decisive step forward. 
In particular, Italy intends to pursue its efforts in support 
of the democratic stability of the countries of the region 
and of their increased European prospects. 
 
End text. 
 
(The text is available on the Italian MFA website in English 
at www.esteri.it.) 
 
¶2. (SBU) Comment. Raimondo De Cardona, Head of the MFA 
Balkans Office, noted that Italy shares the US vision 
outlined in ref a and would continue to push for Contact 
Group unity on the issue.  Nevertheless, the Italian 
statement makes no reference to independence nor does it make 
clear that the Ahtisaari proposal is the only way forward. 
Despite the MFA's insistence about staying the course, 
Italy's public statements on Kosovo remain ambiguous.  Post 
will raise ref a points at a high level in the week ahead. 
SPOGLI