05BUCHAREST1405 / 2005-06-21 13:12:00
Embassy Bucharest
                S E C R E T BUCHAREST 001405 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR PM/ISO, PM/RSAT, PM/PMAT, NEA/I, AND EUR 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/21/2015 
TAGS: MARR, MOPS, PREL, IZ, UK, RO, military cooperation 
SUBJECT: IRAQ: ROMANIA OPEN TO CHANGES IN ITS MISSION 
RESPONSE TO DEMARCHE ON ENGAGING THE IRAQ COALITION 
 
REF: STATE 111082 
 
Classified By: POLITICAL SECTION CHIEF ROBERT GILCHRIST FOR 
REASONS 1.4 A, B AND D 
 
1.  (S) On June 15, PolChief and DATT, along with British DCM 
delivered talking points on the U.S. Iraq strategy after Iraq 
elections to Stelian Stoian, MFA Director General for the 
Middle East and Global Affairs; Mihaela Matei, MOD Strategic 
Affairs Directorate Head; and Andreea Pastarnac, Director of 
the MFA Middle East and Africa Division. 
 
2.  (S) Stoian underscored that Romania -- at the highest 
political levels -- remains committed to maintaining troops 
in Iraq "until the job is done."  This has been stated 
repeatedly by President Train Basescu, Prime Minister Calin 
Popescu-Tariceanu, and other senior officials.  Stoian said 
Romania remains "very open" to a discussion on a potential 
change of mission or an adjustment to its current mission and 
would like to hear more specific ideas from the U.S. on this. 
 He noted given that Romania has recently committed 
additional troops to Afghanistan, the GOR would have to 
consider carefully the costs of changes to the mission in 
Iraq -- "we are already stretched financially." 
 
3.  (S) Stoian said Romania remains committed to contributing 
to the coalition in the most effective manner possible and 
looks forward to a renewed dialogue with the U.S. on this. 
He said the GOR would also begin an internal discussion on 
what kind of contribution it should make to the new coalition 
strategy in Iraq. 
 
4.  (S) Matei raised during the June 15 meeting, and again 
with PolMil Officer during a June 17 meeting, several issues 
regarding the MNF-I's concept of embedding teams within the 
Iraqi military, and in some cases, special police and border 
units.  She underscored that "there must be a single concept 
and coordination of rules of engagement regarding embedded 
teams and operational adjustments."  She added that there 
should be coordination with SHAPE regarding both adjustments 
and embedded teams.  Matei continued that a number of 
questions need to be answered regarding ROE and embedded 
teams, including whether embedded teams "are organized the 
same way throughout the coalition."  Matei noted that 
Romanian troops currently serve in the Italian brigade under 
UK command.  "How will the UK and Italians deal with embedded 
teams?"  She concluded by stressing the importance of 
"harmonizing" ROE. 
 
5.  (U) Amembassy Bucharest's reporting telegrams are 
available on the Bucharest SIPRNet website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/bucharest 
DELARE 

            
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