US embassy cable - 01VATICAN3119 (original version)

BACKGROUND PAPER FOR PRESIDENTIAL VISIT: BALKANS (original version)

Identifier: 01VATICAN3119
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Origin: Embassy Vatican
Created: 2001-06-11 17:08:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PHUM PREL PGOV OPRC VT
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C O N F I D E N T I A L VATICAN 003119 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT. FOR EUR/WE (VAN CLEVE), PD/ECA (SEXTON) 
 
EMBASSY VATICAN MESSAGE NO. 87/001 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL 06/11/06 
TAGS: PHUM, PREL, PGOV, OPRC, VT 
SUBJECT: BACKGROUND PAPER FOR PRESIDENTIAL VISIT: BALKANS 
 
CLASSIFIED BY CDA JOSEPH MERANTE, REASONS E.O. 12958 1.5 
(B), (D). 
 
1.  (C)  FOLLOWS IS AN EMBASSY DRAFT BACKGROUND PAPER FOR 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
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POSSIBLE VISIT BY PRESIDENT BUSH TO THE VATICAN. 
 
2.  (U)  BEGIN TEXT.  THE VATICAN IS VIGOROUS AND ACTIVE 
IN THE GLOBAL PURSUIT OF PEACE, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN 
DEVELOPMENT, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.  WHILE THE 
VATICAN ASSERTS PUBLICLY THAT A FUNDAMENTAL TENET OF ITS 
FOREIGN POLICY IS DEFENSE OF THE HUMAN PERSON (LARGELY 
CONGRUENT WITH THE US SUPPORT FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION, 
DEMOCRATIZATION, AND HUMAN RIGHTS), IN REALITY IT 
FREQUENTLY ACTS JUST LIKE A NATION-STATE IN PURSUING ITS 
OWN PERCEIVED SELF-INTEREST. THE VATICAN IS THUS ACTIVE 
ACROSS AN OUTSIZED NUMBER OF CRISIS AREAS IN EFFORTS TO 
RESOLVE CONFLICT AND PROMOTE RECONCILIATION AND 
DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION, AND TO PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF 
CATHOLICS. IN THE BALKANS, THE VATICAN SEEKS TO PROMOTE 
PEACE AND RECONCILIATION FOR HUMANITARIAN REASONS, TO 
PROTECT "CATHOLIC" PEOPLE AND INTERESTS, AND TO REINFORCE 
ITS OUTREACH TO THE ORTHODOX WORLD.  A KEY GOAL OF POPE 
JOHN PAUL II IS TO HEAL THE THOUSAND-YEAR SCHISM BETWEEN 
CATHOLICS AND ORTHODOX, IN ORDER TO CREATE A CONTINENT, 
FROM THE ATLANTIC TO THE URALS, AT PEACE WITH ITSELF AND 
REINFORCED WITH THE UNIFIED SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION OF 
CHRISTIANITY. 
 
3. (SBU)  THE USG HAS ENGAGED THE VATICAN TO PROMOTE 
CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE BALKANS.  DURING THE NATO AIR 
CAMPAIGN IN KOSOVO, WE WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE VATICAN TO 
HEAD OFF ITS  CRITICISM OF THE MILITARY ACTION (A PAPAL 
DENUNCIATION OF THE CAMPAIGN AS AN "UNJUST WAR" WOULD 
HAVE MADE ALLIANCE SOLIDARITY THAT MUCH HARDER TO 
SUSTAIN). MORE RECENTLY, WE HAVE SOUGHT TO ENCOURAGE THE 
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VATICAN TO EXERCISE A MODERATING INFLUENCE ON CROAT- 
NATIONALIST CLERGY IN HERZEGOVINA.  WE HAVE ALSO PROMOTED 
INTER-COMMUNAL RECONCILIATION BY DEVELOPING AND 
IMPLEMENTING PROJECTS IN KOSOVO AND BOSNIA IN CONJUNCTION 
WITH VATICAN-AFFILIATED NGO, THE SANT'EGIDIO COMMUNITY. 
WITH THE SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF EMBASSY VATICAN, 
SANT'EGIDIO HOSTED A SUCCESSFUL INTER-RELIGIOUS 
CONFERENCE WITH THE KEY BOSNIAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS JUNE 8, 
2001.  THESE PROJECTS HAVE BEEN FUNDED BY THE STATE 
DEPARTMENT'S PD/ECA OFFICE. 
MERANTE 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
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 2001VATICA03119 - Classification: CONFIDENTIAL 


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