162856 7/21/2008 11:55 08BUCHAREST576 Embassy Bucharest CONFIDENTIAL 08USNATO144 VZCZCXYZ0001 OO RUEHWEB DE RUEHBM #0576 2031155 ZNY CCCCC ZZH O 211155Z JUL 08 FM AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8500 INFO RUEHXP/ALL NATO POST COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD IMMEDIATE 0133 RUEAIIA/CIA WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE C O N F I D E N T I A L BUCHAREST 000576
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/20/2013 TAGS: PREL, MARR, NATO, IZ, RO SUBJECT: ROMANIA: UNCHANGED SUPPORT FOR THE EXPANDED NATO TRAINING MISSION-IRAQ
REF: USNATO 00144
Classified By: Political Counselor Ted Tanoue; 1.4(b) and (d)
1. (C) Though the GOR fully appreciates the issues raised in reftel demarche and supports the NATO Training Mission-Iraq (NTM-I) program objectives, there are no plans to increase Romanian personnel committed to NTM-I, according to MFA NATO Director Ana Tinca. Tinca also noted that the current number of two Romanian trainers could migrate upwards within the 5-person NTM-I limit set in June by the Supreme National Defense Council (CSAT), according to resources, availability, and other mission priorities.
2. (C) Comment: The CSAT by law must set the following year's troop levels for Romania's overseas deployments before July. The CSAT decided on June 25 that Romanian troop levels in Iraq for 2009 would remain at 515, including the authorized five positions Romania designated for the NTM-I. The Romanian troop levels for Iraq, however, are contingent upon an acceptable legal framework--like a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)--that must be ratified by Parliament before the end of the calendar year. Since Parliamentary elections are planned for November, the GOR hopes to have the SOFA or other legal framework document in front of Parliament with sufficient time so it does not become hostage to the political campaign. End Comment. TAUBMAN