US embassy cable - 02VATICAN1152

SANT'EGIDIO THANKS UNCLE SAM AND CHIDES "HYPOCRITE" FIDEL.

Identifier: 02VATICAN1152
Wikileaks: View 02VATICAN1152 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Vatican
Created: 2002-03-05 13:33:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: CO CU IT MZ PHUM PREL SOCI VT ZL
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C O N F I D E N T I A L VATICAN 001152 
 
SIPDIS 
 
EUR/WE (D.MENNUTI); PD/ECA (SEXTON); INL (ELY-RAPHEL); 
DRL/MLA G.FOELLER; WHA/CCA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/01/2012 
TAGS: CO, CU, IT, MZ, PHUM, PREL, SOCI, VT, ZL 
SUBJECT: SANT'EGIDIO THANKS UNCLE SAM AND CHIDES 
"HYPOCRITE" FIDEL. 
 
REF: REF A: VATICAN 00445 REF B: VATICAN 00700 REF C: 
     VATICAN 00578. 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: AMBASSADOR JIM NICHOLSON.  REASONS 1.5 (B,D). 
 
1.  (U) ANDREA RICCARDI, FOUNDER OF THE SANT'EGIDIO 
COMMUNITY, HOSTED AMBASSADOR AND EMBOFFS 2/19 AT A DINNER IN 
RECOGNITION OF THE ORGANIZATION'S CLOSE COOPERATION WITH THE 
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USG. RICCARDI EXPRESSED GRATITUDE FOR CONTINUING ECA/PD 
GRANTS THAT SUPPORT SANT'EGIDIO CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROJECTS 
(REF A). HE FURTHER ENDORSED THE MAY 15-16 ANTI-TRAFFICKING 
CONFERENCE (REF. B) THE EMBASSY IS PLANNING IN CONCERT WITH 
THE HOLY SEE DIPLOMATIC CORPS AND THE VATICAN, AND OFFERED 
SANT'EGIDIO ASSISTANCE. 
 
2.  (C) SEPARATELY, RICCARDI SPOKE CRITICALLY TO AMBASSADOR 
OF HIS 1999 MEETING IN CUBA WITH FIDEL CASTRO, A MARATHON 
EVENING COLLOQUY THAT LASTED PAST 3 AM.  RICCARDI HAD SHARP 
WORDS FOR WHAT HE TERMED CASTRO'S HYPOCRISY, PARTICULARLY ON 
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN CUBA.  HE DERIDED CASTRO'S AVOWED 
PERSONAL OPPOSITION TO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT COUPLED WITH HIS 
INSISTENCE THAT HE WAS OBLIGATED TO UPHOLD THE LAW OF THE 
STATE. 
 
3.  (C) DON MATTEO ZUPPI, IN HAVANA THIS JANUARY TO 
PARTICIPATE IN AN OFF-SITE FARC-COLUMBIA GOVERNMENT ENCOUNTER 
 (REF C), REMARKED TO EMBOFFS THAT CASTRO HAD PULLED HIM 
ASIDE AND UPBRAIDED THE SANT'EGIDIO COMMUNITY AND ZUPPI 
PERSONALLY FOR THE NGO'S RELUCTANCE TO COLLABORATE WITH 
HAVANA IN 1999. ACCORDING TO ZUPPI, CASTRO HAD SOUGHT TO 
EXPLOIT SANT'EGIDIO IN THE CONTEXT OF THE 1999 KOSOVO 
CONFLICT BY DEPLOYING 1,000 PURPORTED HUMANITARIAN WORKERS TO 
KOSOVO AND YUGOSLAVIA UNDER THE AUSPICES OF SANT'EGIDIO. 
 
4. (U) IN ASIDE TO DCM, DON MATTEO ZUPPI REQUESTED  SUPPORT 
FOR SANT'EGIDIO'S PROPOSED $5 MILLION HIV/AIDS PROJECT IN 
MOZAMBIQUE.  SANT'EGIDIO HAS FORWARDED A PROPOSAL TO THE 
GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS. ZUPPI IS SEEKING GENERAL 
EXPRESSIONS OF USG SUPPORT TO THE GLOBAL FUND'S DIRECTORS. 
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NOTE: WHILE POST CANNOT SPEAK TO PROJECT'S TECHNICAL MERITS, 
SANT'EGIDIO HAS A PROVEN TRACK RECORD IN HUMANITARIAN AND 
CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROJECTS. 
NICHOLSON 
 
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