US embassy cable - 02VATICAN2148

UNGASS - FOLLOWUP TO DEMARCHE

Identifier: 02VATICAN2148
Wikileaks: View 02VATICAN2148 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Vatican
Created: 2002-05-03 14:18:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL AORC VT UN
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.


 
C O N F I D E N T I A L VATICAN 002148 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT. FOR EUR/WE (MENNUTI) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/03/2012 
TAGS: PREL, AORC, VT, UN 
SUBJECT: UNGASS - FOLLOWUP TO DEMARCHE 
 
REF: A) STATE 71201 B) VATICAN 1920 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: AMBASSADOR JIM NICHOLSON, REASON E.O. 12958 1.5 (B,D). 
 
1. (C)  AS PROMISED REF B, POLOFF FOLLOWED UP WITH VATICAN 
MFA UN DESK OFFICER MONS. DOMINIQUE MAMBERTI MAY 2, TO FIND 
OUT WHETHER THE VATICAN HAD CONTACTED LATIN AMERICAN 
COUNTRIES MENTIONED IN REF A INSTRUCTION.  MAMBERTI HAD MET 
WITH AND PASSED A PRO MEMORIA WITH THE VATICAN'S POSITION ON 
UNGASS LANGUAGE, WHICH HE SAID IS LARGELY PARALLEL TO USG 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
PAGE 02        VATICA  02148  031530Z 
POSITION, TO CERTAIN LATIN AMERICAN EMBASSIES AT THE HOLY 
SEE.  IN ADDITION, PAPAL NUNCIOS HAD TRACKED THE DEMARCHE 
WITH CERTAIN OTHERS. 
 
2.  (C)  MAMBERTI SAID THAT THE VATICAN HAD NOT APPROACHED 
ALL OF THE COUNTRIES ON THE LIST, BUT RATHER HAD CONCENTRATED 
ON THOSE THAT ARCHBISHOP MARTINO, VATICAN PERMREP AT THE UN, 
BELIEVED WOULD BE MOST AMENABLE TO PRESSURE.  THOSE COUNTRIES 
INCLUDED NICARAGUA, HONDURAS, GUATEMALA, COSTA RICA AND 
URUGUAY.  HE WAS NOT ABLE TO SAY IN WHICH CAPITALS NUNCIOS 
HAD TRACKED THE MESSAGE.  MAMBERTI SAID THE VATICAN 
UNDERSTOOD THAT ALMOST ALL LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES HAD VERY 
STRONG ANTI-ABORTION LEGISLATION ON THE BOOKS, BUT THAT 
PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE WAS ANOTHER MATTER.  HE HINTED THAT 
THE VATICAN'S DEMARCHES FOCUSED ON THIS STRONG LEGISLATION 
AND THE NEED TO AVOID COMMITTING STATES TO UN LANGUAGE THAT 
HAD THE FUTURE POTENTIAL TO UNDERMINE NATIONAL LEGISLATION. 
POST WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS ISSUE WITH OUR 
INTERLOCUTORS AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE UNGASS. 
NICHOLSON 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
> 
 

 2002VATICA02148 - Classification: CONFIDENTIAL 


Latest source of this page is cablebrowser-2, released 2011-10-04