US embassy cable - 01VATICAN4483

VATICAN URGES U.S. PRESENCE AT WCAR, PLEDGES TO WORK FOR COMPROMISES.

Identifier: 01VATICAN4483
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Origin: Embassy Vatican
Created: 2001-08-28 15:37:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PHUM KIRF SOCI IS CH PK XF SF PHUM KIRF SOCI IS CH PK XF SF VT WCAR UNHCR
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 VATICAN 004483 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/WE (MENNUTI) 
 
FROM EMBASSY VATICAN/MESSAGE NO. 140/001 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL:8/28/11 
TAGS: PHUM, KIRF, SOCI, IS, CH, PK, XF, SF, PHUM, KIRF, SOCI, IS, CH, PK, XF, SF, VT, WCAR, UNHCR-1, VTWCAR, UNHCR-1 
SUBJECT:  VATICAN URGES U.S. PRESENCE AT WCAR, PLEDGES TO 
WORK FOR COMPROMISES. 
 
 
CLASSIFIED BY CDA A.I. JOSEPH MERANTE, REASON 1.5(D). 
 
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1.  (C) SUMMARY: THE VATICAN IS STRONGLY URGING U.S. 
PRESENCE AT WCAR, AT LEAST AT THE WORKING LEVEL. 
ACKNOWLEDGING U.S. CONCERNS, DELEGATION DEPUTY AND AMCIT 
MONSIGNOR FRANK DEWANE PLEDGED VATICAN WILLINGNESS TO WORK 
FOR COMPROMISES IN THE FINAL WCAR DOCUMENT.  NONETHELESS, 
MSGR. DEWANE TOLD POLOFF THAT WCAR CANNOT IGNORE A PATTERN 
OF WHAT HE TERMED RACIAL DISCRIMINATION WITHIN ISRAEL, 
ACCENTUATED SINCE THE BREAKDOWN OF THE PEACE PROCESS.  END 
SUMMARY. 
 
2.  (C) POLOFF MET 8/27 WITH VATICAN WCAR DELEGATION DEPUTY 
AND AMCIT MONSIGNOR FRANK DEWANE.  MSGR. DEWANE 
ACKNOWLEDGED U.S. SENSITIVITIES ABOUT THE DURBAN CONFERENCE 
WHICH HAD LED TO THE DECISION AGAINST ATTENDANCE BY THE 
SECRETARY.  HOWEVER, MSGR. DEWANE URGED SOME FORM OF U.S. 
 
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ATTENDANCE, AT LEAST AT THE WORKING LEVEL.  APART FROM THE 
NEED FOR U.S. INPUT, MSGR. DEWANE ARGUED THAT THE U.S., 
DESPITE EVIDENT SHORTCOMINGS, REPRESENTED AN OVERALL 
SUCCESS STORY IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST RACISM THAT REMAINS A 
GLOBAL MODEL.  HE PLEDGED THAT IN DURBAN THE VATICAN WOULD 
WORK WITH THE USG FOR COMPROMISES IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE 
FINAL DOCUMENT. 
 
3.  (C) MSGR. DEWANE EXPRESSED UNDERSTANDING AND 
APPRECIATION FOR THE STAUNCH U.S. DEFENSE AT WCAR OF 
ISRAEL.  HOWEVER, WCAR, HE INSISTED, COULD NOT IGNORE THE 
FACT OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION WITHIN ISRAEL, ESPECIALLY 
GIVEN THE VOLATILE AND VIOLENT CLIMATE IN THE MIDDLE EAST 
THAT HAS FOLLOWED THE BREAKDOWN OF THE PEACE PROCESS.  A 
PALESTINIAN IN ISRAEL SIMPLY DID NOT HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS 
AS AN ISRAELI, ACCORDING TO MSGR. DEWANE.  MSGR. DEWANE 
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SINGLED OUT CURTAILED OF FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR 
PALESTINIANS, WHO ARE SUBJECT TO CHECKS AND CONTROLS THAT 
HE LIKENED TO REPRESSIVE POLICE PRACTICES IN CHINA AND THE 
ERSTWHILE SOVIET UNION.  NONETHELESS, MSGR. DEWANE THOUGHT 
IT WOULD BE TRAGIC IF WCAR BECAME A VEHICLE FOR ANTI- 
SEMITIC PREJUDICE AND ATTACKS ON ZIONISM.  THE VATICAN, HE 
NOTED, HAD REITERATED ITS CONDEMNATION OF ANTI-SEMITISM IN 
A PAMPHLET ON THE CHURCH AND RACISM, RE-RELEASED WITH A NEW 
INTRODUCTION LAST WEEK IN ADVANCE OF WCAR. 
 
4.  (C) CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST HAD RADICALLY ALTERED THE 
WCAR AGENDA, OFFERED MSGR. DEWANE.  ORIGINALLY, THE VATICAN 
ANTICIPATED ONLY A "DEEP APOLOGY" RATHER THAN "REPARATIONS" 
FROM DEVELOPED WESTERN NATIONS FOR THE ILLS OF COLNIALISM. 
MSGR. DEWANE COMMENTED THAT THE VATICANHAS LATELY 
DISCOVERED THE DIPLOMATIC VALUE OF ANAPOLOGY.  HOWEVER, 
THE VATICAN NOW FAVORS SOME FRM OF COMPENSATION RATHER 
THAN ONLY A COST-FREE EA CULPA.  DEBT RELIEF, IN 
PARTICULAR, REMAINED ACONSIDERABLE CHALLENGE, WITH WESTERN 
NATIONS, DEPITE SOME PROGRESS, STILL LARGELY SHIRKING 
THEIR MORAL RESPONSIBILITY. 
 
5.  (C) COMMENTING ON THE PREPCOM MEETINGS IN GENEVA, MSGR. 
DEWAYNE EXPRESSED FRUSTRATION AT THE TACTICS OF CERTAIN 
DELEGATIONS, WHO EXPLOITED WCAR TO DEFLECT ATTENTION FROM 
THEIR OWN DOMESTIC ABUSES AND HAD USED THE DELIBERATIONS TO 
TO WEAKEN OTHER U.N. DOCUMENTS, SUCH AS THE CONVENTION ON 
THE CHILD.  MSGR. DEWANE REPEATEDLY FINGERED THE PAKISTANI 
DELEGATION AS UNCOOPERATIVE, NONETHELESS CONCEDING ITS 
EFFECTIVENESS IN DIVERTING WCAR FROM THE MALTREATMENT OF 
CHRISTIANS IN PAKISTAN.  THE VATICAN, MSGR. DEWANE NOTED, 
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HAD SUCCESSFULLY RETAINED LANGUAGE IN THE PREPCOM DOCUMENTS 
TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS MINORITIES AGAINST DISCRIMINATION, 
DESPITE INITIAL OPPOSITION FROM EU NEGOTIATORS AS WELL AS 
THE PRC DELEGATION. 
 
6.  (C) COMMENT:  MSGR. DEWANE LEFT A STRONG IMPRESSION OF 
VATICAN DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE OUTCOME OF WCAR.  WHILE 
VATICAN SYMPATHIES LIE STRONGLY WITH THE PALESTINIAN 
POPULATION WITHIN ISRAEL, THE HUE AND CRY AT WCAR OVER 
ZIONISM AS RACISM REPRESENTS A LOST OPPORTUNITY FOR THE 
VATICAN TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE PLIGHT OF CHRISTIAN 
MINORITIES ELSEWHERE, WHO OFTEN ARE ALSO ETHNIC/RACIAL 
MINORITIES.  VATICAN AMBIVALENCE, HOWEVER, DOES NOT 
TRANSLATE INTO ALIGNMENT WITH U.S. INTERESTS.  YET THERE IS 
REASON TO BELIEVE THE VATICAN WOULD LIKE WCAR TO LOOK 
BEYOND THE HORIZONS OF CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST. 
 
7.  (C) COMMENT C'TD:  VATICAN AMCIT MSGR. DEWANE, 
UNDERSECRETARY-EQUIVALENT AT THE CONGREGATION ON JUSTICE 
 
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O 281537Z AUG 01 
FM AMEMBASSY VATICAN 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0000 
INFO USMISSION GENEVA 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA 
AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD 
AMEMBASSY BEIJING 
AMCONSUL JERUSALEM 
 
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 02 OF 02 VATICAN 004483 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/WE (MENNUTI) 
 
FROM EMBASSY VATICAN/MESSAGE NO. 140/001 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 8/28/11 
TAGS: WCAR, PHUM, KIRF, SOCI, UNHCR-1, IS,CH,PK,XF,SF,VT 
SUBJECT:  VATICAN URGES U.S. PRESENCE AT WCAR, PLEDGES TO 
WORK FOR COMPROMISES. 
 
AND PEACE, IS A VETERAN OF MULTILATERAL ASSEMBLIES, 
INCLUDING CAIRO AND BEIJING.  ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN, 
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PREVIOUSLY AT THE CONGREGATION ON JUSTICE AND PEACE AND 
CURRENTLY VATICAN REPRESENTATIVE TO THE U.N. IN GENEVA, 
WILL HEAD THE DELEGATION.  BOTH HAVE BEEN UNUSUALLY 
RECEPTIVE TO USG VISITORS AND MISSION PERSONNEL. 
MERANTE 
 
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