US embassy cable - 02VATICAN699

VATICAN ON CLONING CONVENTION

Identifier: 02VATICAN699
Wikileaks: View 02VATICAN699 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Vatican
Created: 2002-02-12 14:28:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: KSCA PREL SENV TBIO TPHY TSPA VT UNGA
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C O N F I D E N T I A L VATICAN 000699 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/WE (MENNUTI), IO/T (JONES) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/08/2012 
TAGS: KSCA, PREL, SENV, TBIO, TPHY, TSPA, VT, UNGA 
SUBJECT: VATICAN ON CLONING CONVENTION 
 
REF: STATE 20863 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: POLOFF GHFROWICK, REASON 1.5 (B), (D) 
 
1. (C)  POLOFF MET VATICAN UN ISSUES DIRECTOR MONS. DOMINIQUE 
MAMBERTI 02/07 TO DISCUSS REFTEL QUESTIONS ON VATICAN 
POSITION REGARDING UN ANTI-CLONING CONVENTION DEBATE. 
MAMBERTI UNDERSCORED THE HOLY SEE'S ABSOLUTE OPPOSITION TO 
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HUMAN CLONING IN ANY FORM, AND REFERRED TO THE POPE'S 
CONTINUING PUBLIC STATEMENTS OPPOSING IT (MOST RECENTLY 
DURING THE WEDNESDAY, 2/6 GENERAL AUDIENCE).  HE SAID THAT 
THE HOLY SEE TOOK ITS OBSERVER ROLE IN THE AD HOC COMMITTEE 
OF THE SIXTH COMMITTEE VERY SERIOUSLY AND HOPED THAT A 
CONSENSUS WOULD EMERGE IN SUPPORT OF BROADENING THE MANDATE 
GIVEN IT BY UNGA RES. 56/93.  HE SAID THERE WAS NOTHING IN 
56/93 THAT "EXCLUDES THE POSSIBILITY TO GO BEYOND THE DEBATE 
ON REPRODUCTIVE CLONING." 
 
2.  (C)  ASKED WHETHER THE HOLY SEE WAS CONCERNED THAT 
PUSHING TO BROADEN THE MANDATE MIGHT RISK MAKING IT MORE 
DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN AN AGREEMENT BANNING REPRODUCTIVE 
CLONING, MAMBERTI REPLIED THAT BROADENING IS A "TECHNICAL 
CONCERN" AND DEPENDED ON THE AD HOC COMMITTEE CONSENSUS, 
WHICH HE WOULDN'T PREDICT.  HE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE QUITE OK 
FOR THE HOLY SEE WERE THE UN TO REACH AGREEMENT NOW ON A 
CONVENTION TO BAN REPRODUCTIVE CLONING, AND TO KEEP WORKING 
FOR A BROADER BAN LATER.  (NOTE: WE WERE SURPRISED TO HEAR 
THIS).  CITING THE ANTI-TERRORISM CONVENTION, MAMBERTI WAS 
CONCERNED THAT IF THE DEBATE GOT WRAPPED UP OVER BROADENING 
THE MANDATE IT COULD PROLONG ITSELF FOR YEARS, WITH NO 
RESULT. 
 
3.  (U)  MAMBERTI SAID THAT THE HOLY SEE'S TECHNICAL EXPERT 
ON THE DELEGATION TO THE FIRST MEETING OF THE AD HOC 
COMMITTEE WILL BE DON ROBERTO COLOMBO (NOTE: "DON" IS HIS 
ECCLESIASTICAL TITLE). DON ROBERTO, A MILAN BASED PROFESSOR 
OF MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOETHICS, WAS JUST APPOINTED TO THE 
PONTIFICAL ACADEMY FOR LIFE.  THE PONTIFICAL ACADEMY FOR LIFE 
CONDUCTS RESEARCH ON BIOETHICS TO INFORM THE CHURCH'S VIEWS. 
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4.  (C)  MAMBERTI DOES NOT COVER UNESCO, AND SO WAS NOT 
BRIEFED ON THAT ASPECT OF THE CLONING DEBATE.  AMBASSADOR 
NICHOLSON WILL DINE WITH MAMBERTI'S BOSS -- FM TAURAN -- NEXT 
THURSDAY (02/14).  THE PURPOSE OF THAT DINNER WAS TO DISCUSS 
BIOTECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE WITH VISITING EXPERT C.S. 
PRAKASH.  AMBASSADOR WILL RAISE THE ANTI-CLONING CONVENTION, 
WHICH IS RELATED TO THE AG-BIOTECHNOLOGY DEBATE, WITH FM 
TAURAN. MAMBERTI ASSURED US HE WILL BRIEF TAURAN. 
NICHOLSON 
 
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