US embassy cable - 01VATICAN4659

AMBASSADOR NICHOLSON BEGINS CREDENTIALING PROCESS:

Identifier: 01VATICAN4659
Wikileaks: View 01VATICAN4659 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Vatican
Created: 2001-09-06 15:02:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PGOV VE IS MX VT
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C O N F I D E N T I A L VATICAN 004659 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT. FOR EUR/WE (KILNER, MENNUTI); WHA/CAR 
 
FROM EMBASSY VATICAN/MESSAGE NO. 147/01 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/05/06 
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, VE, IS, MX, VT 
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR NICHOLSON BEGINS CREDENTIALING PROCESS: 
 
 
MEETING WITH SOSTITUTO SANDRI 
 
CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR FOR REASONS 1.5 (B) AND (D). 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
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1.  (C)  AMBASSADOR NICHOLSON BEGAN THE VATICAN'S FORMAL 
CREDENTIALING PROCESS MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 6 BY PRESENTING 
COPIES OF HIS LETTERS OF CREDENTIAL TO ARCHBISHOP LEONARDO 
SANDRI, "SUBSTITUTE" FOR VATICAN PM EQUIVALENT SODANO.  THE 
AMBASSADOR WILL HAVE THE FORMAL PRESENTATION TO POPE JOHN 
PAUL II ON SEPTEMBER 13.  SANDRI STRESSED THAT THE VATICAN 
SEES THE UNITED STATES AS "A FRIENDLY NATION"; ONE IN WHICH 
THE VALUES OF FREEDOM AND PEACE ARE APPRECIATED.  IN 
ADDITION, THE VATICAN IS NOW LOOKING TOWARD THE UNITED 
STATES AS A PARTNER IN PROTECTING HUMAN LIFE, AS EUROPE IS 
GOING IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION ON THE CRUCIAL ISSUES OF 
ABORTION AND EUTHANASIA.  THE ARCHBISHOP SAID THE BILATERAL 
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES IS IMPORTANT.  HE NOTED 
THAT THE VISIT OF PRESIDENT BUSH TO THE POPE WAS VERY MUCH 
APPRECIATED, AS ARE THE VIEWS OF THE PRESIDENT ON AN ISSUE 
OF IMMENSE IMPORTANCE TO THE VATICAN, THE VALUE OF HUMAN 
LIFE.  AMBASSADOR NICHOLSON TOLD THE ARCHBISHOP THAT HE MET 
WITH PRESIDENT BUSH BEFORE DEPARTING WASHINGTON, AND THAT 
THE PRESIDENT SAID HE WAS VERY MOVED BY HIS MEETING WITH 
THE POPE. 
 
2.  (C)  SANDRI, A FORMER NUNCIO IN VENEZUELA AND MEXICO, 
TOUCHED UPON CONDITIONS IN THOSE TWO COUNTRIES.  HE SAID 
THAT CHAVEZ IS FIRMLY IN POWER, BUT THAT WHEN THE PEOPLE 
REALIZE THAT THERE HAS NOT BEEN MATERIAL IMPROVEMENT IN 
THEIR LIVES, HIS POPULARITY SHOULD BEGIN TO WANE.  SANDRI 
ADDED THAT HE RECENTLY MET WITH 1992 FELLOW COUP PLOTTER 
AND DEFEATED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FRANCISCO CARDENAS, WHO 
SAID CHAVEZ' POPULARITY IS ALREADY SLIPPING.  IN MEXICO, 
PRESIDENT FOX IS HAMPERED IN HIS REFORM EFFORTS BY THE LACK 
OF A MAJORITY.  THE SOSTITUTO CLOSED BY SAYING THE VATICAN 
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LOOKS TO THE UNITED STATES FOR LEADERSHIP AND THAT FOREIGN 
MINISTER TAURAN WILL SOON BE DISCUSSING ISRAEL WITH THE 
AMBASSADOR. 
NICHOLSON 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
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 2001VATICA04659 - Classification: CONFIDENTIAL 


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