US embassy cable - 01VATICAN3552

USG/VATICAN PROJECTS FOR POTUS POPE MEETING

Identifier: 01VATICAN3552
Wikileaks: View 01VATICAN3552 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Vatican
Created: 2001-07-05 14:26:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Tags: EAID PREL PHUM PGOV VT Human Trafficking
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UNCLAS VATICAN 003552 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
DEPT. FOR EUR/WE (KILNER); PD/ECA (SEXTON) 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: EAID, PREL, PHUM, PGOV, VT, Human Trafficking 
SUBJECT:  USG/VATICAN PROJECTS FOR POTUS POPE MEETING 
 
REF: MERANTE/KILNER TELCON 7/3 
 
1.  (U)  THIS IS A RESPONSE TO REFTELCON REQUEST FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION ON THE USG'S AND EMBASSY VATICAN'S TRACK RECORD 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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OF SUPPORT FOR VATICAN-BACKED PROJECTS WITH THE COMMUNITY OF 
SANT'EGIDIO AND CARITAS.  WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE PRESIDENT 
MAY WISH TO MENTION SOMETHING GENERAL ABOUT OUR SUPPORT FOR 
SUCH WORK AND OUR WILLINGNESS TO ENGAGE FURTHER ON JOINT 
PROJECTS IN THE FUTURE.  POST OFFERS THIS TO DEPARTMENT 
POSSIBLY TO PROVIDE THE NSC AS A COMPENDIUM OF PROJECTS 
UNDERTAKEN WITH U.S. SUPPORT IN RECENT YEARS, AND PROJECTS 
CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION. 
 
2.  (U)  PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN WITH THE COMMUNITY OF SANT'EGIDIO: 
--  USD 43,000 FOR MOZAMBIQUE YOUTH CONFERENCE IN 2001 
--  USD 60,000 FOR KOSOVO INTER-COMMUNAL EDUCATION PROJECT IN 
2001 
--  USD 5,000 FOR BOSNIA INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE IN 2001 
 
IN ADDITION THE USG HAS OFFERED DIPLOMATIC SUPPORT FOR 
MEDIATION ROLE TAKEN BY SANT'EGIDIO'S DON MATTEO ZUPPI IN 
CONGO/BURUNDI CONFLICT MEDIATION (ONGOING SINCE 1996) AS 
WELL AS SUPPORTING THE SUCCESSFUL SANT-EGIDIO SPONSORED 
MEDIATION OF THE END OF THE MOZAMBIQUE CIVIL WAR IN 1992. 
 
3.  (U)  PROJECTS PROPOSED/PROPOSED FOR COLLABORATION WITH THE 
VATICAN ASSISTANCE ARM CARITAS: 
-- USD 60,000 FOR "SLAVES NEVER AGAIN," ALBANIA ANTI- 
TRAFFICKING PROJECT IN CONJUNCTION WITH CARITAS/BRINDISI 
2001-2002 
--  USD 38,000 FOR ANTI-TRAFFICKING ASPECTS OF "CITY OF CHARITY 
POPE JOHN PAUL II," PROJECT IN CONJUNCTION WITH 
CARITAS/PESCARA  AND ARCHBISHOP CUCCURESE OF PESCARA, 2001- 
2002. 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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4.  (SBU)  THE TWO PROJECTS MENTIONS IN PARA THREE COULD BE 
FINALIZED BY THE TIME OF THE PRESIDENTS VISIT AND COULD BE 
ANNOUNCED AS NEW INITIATIVES. 
 
5.  (SBU)   EMBASSY VATICAN IS PROACTIVE IN SEEKING NEW AREAS 
FOR COLLABORATION WITH THE VATICAN AND ITS RELATED BODIES. 
WE NOTE THAT ALL OF THE ABOVE PROJECTS HAVE BEEN OR ARE 
CONTEMPLATED TO BE FUNDED BY PD/ECA.  IF IT IS POSSIBLE TO 
TAP IN SOME WAY THE USD 200 MILLION COMMITMENT TO FIGHT 
HIV/AIDS IN AFRICA, POST STRONGLY RECOMMENDS ANNOUNCING A 
COMMITMENT TO MAKE A USD 200,000 CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS A USD 
5 MILLION ANTI-AIDS PROJECT DEVELOPED AND SPONSORED BY 
SANT'EGIDIO IN MOZAMBIQUE.  (NOTE: WE ARE EXPECTING A ONE- 
PAGE SYNOPSIS OF THIS PROJECT FROM SANT'EGIDIO TODAY, 7/5. 
WE WILL FAX/EMAIL IT TO EUR/WE AS SOON AS WE RECEIVE IT.) 
MERANTE 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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 2001VATICA03552 - Classification: UNCLASSIFIED 


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