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Title: VATICAN'S GROWING CONCERN WITH MIDDLE EAST

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02VATICAN16742002-04-04 06:09:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vatican
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C O N F I D E N T I A L VATICAN 001674 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/WE (MENNUTI) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/02/2012 
TAGS: IS PHUM PREL PHUM PREL VT VTIS
SUBJECT: VATICAN'S GROWING CONCERN WITH MIDDLE EAST 
DEVELOPMENTS 
 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: AMBASSADOR JIM NICHOLSON FOR REASONS 1.5 (A) AND (D). 
 
1.(C) FOREIGN MINISTER TAURAN CONVOKED AMBASSADOR NICHOLSON 
TODAY, APRIL 3 AND PRESENTED A NOTE VERBALE (FAXED TO 
EUR/WE).  TAURAN SAID THAT THE "ARAB STREETS ARE BOILING", 
ESPECIALLY IN CAIRO AND JORDAN.  THE VATICAN FEARS TERRORIST 
ATTACKS AROUND THE WORLD AND A PETROLEUM CRISIS.  THE FOREIGN 
MINISTER STRESSED THAT ISRAEL HAS A RIGHT TO PROVIDE SECURITY 
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FOR ITS PEOPLE, BUT ITS CURRENT ACTIONS ARE DISPROPORTIONATE. 
 HE REMARKED THAT HE FINDS IT DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE THAT THE 
ISRAELIS DON'T REALIZE THE IMPACT THE TELEVISION IMAGES OF 
THEIR ATTACKS ARE HAVING ON THE ARAB WORLD.  TAURAN AGAIN 
CALLED FOR "PEACEMAKERS" ON THE SPOT, ALTHOUGH HE ADMITTED 
THAT IT IS DIFFICULT BECAUSE THERE ARE NO FRONT LINES TO 
SEPARATE. 
 
2.(C) THE AMBASSADOR AND TAURAN ALSO DISCUSSED THE CURRENT 
SITUATION OF A CONVENT OF THE SISTERS OF SAINT BRIDGET IN 
BETHLEHEM.  IT IS CURRENTLY BEING OCCUPIED BY PALESTINIAN 
GUNMEN WHO ARE USING THE NUNS AS HUMAN SHIELDS.  IN ADDITION 
TO SEVEN NUNS OF DIVERSE NATIONALITY (INCLUDING AN AMCIT) 
THERE ARE 200 PEOPLE WHO HAVE SOUGHT REFUGE IN THE CONVENT. 
TAURAN SAID THAT HE SPOKE WITH THE ISRAELI DCM YESTERDAY TO 
URGE THE ISRAELIS NOT TO SHELL THE CONVENT (SAINT MARY'S 
HOUSE), AS IT WOULD TURN INTO A MASSACRE.  HE ALSO REQUESTED 
OUR ASSISTANCE IN OBTAINING ACCESS FOR THE RED CROSS TO 
DELIVER FOOD, WHICH HE SAYS IS CURRENTLY BEING DENIED BY 
ISRAEL.  NICHOLSON 
 
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INFO  LOG-00   NP-00    AMAD-00  ACQ-00   CIAE-00  INL-00   DODE-00 
      DS-00    VC-00    TEDE-00  INR-00   VCE-00   NEA-00   DCP-01 
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O 040609Z APR 02 
FM AMEMBASSY VATICAN 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 
INFO ARAB ISRAELI COLLECTIVE 
 
C O N F I D E N T I A L VATICAN 001674 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/WE (MENNUTI) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/02/2012 
TAGS: IS PHUM PREL PHUM PREL VT VTIS
SUBJECT: VATICAN'S GROWING CONCERN WITH MIDDLE EAST 
DEVELOPMENTS 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: AMBASSADOR JIM NICHOLSON FOR REASONS 1.5 (A) AND (D). 
 
1.(C) FOREIGN MINISTER TAURAN CONVOKED AMBASSADOR NICHOLSON 
TODAY, APRIL 3 AND PRESENTED A NOTE VERBALE (FAXED TO 
EUR/WE).  TAURAN SAID THAT THE "ARAB STREETS ARE BOILING", 
ESPECIALLY IN CAIRO AND JORDAN.  THE VATICAN FEARS TERRORIST 
ATTACKS AROUND THE WORLD AND A PETROLEUM CRISIS.  THE FOREIGN 
MINISTER STRESSED THAT ISRAEL HAS A RIGHT TO PROVIDE SECURITY 
FOR ITS PEOPLE, BUT ITS CURRENT ACTIONS ARE DISPROPORTIONATE. 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
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 HE REMARKED THAT HE FINDS IT DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE THAT THE 
ISRAELIS DON'T REALIZE THE IMPACT THE TELEVISION IMAGES OF 
THEIR ATTACKS ARE HAVING ON THE ARAB WORLD.  TAURAN AGAIN 
CALLED FOR "PEACEMAKERS" ON THE SPOT, ALTHOUGH HE ADMITTED 
THAT IT IS DIFFICULT BECAUSE THERE ARE NO FRONT LINES TO 
SEPARATE. 
 
2.(C) THE AMBASSADOR AND TAURAN ALSO DISCUSSED THE CURRENT 
SITUATION OF A CONVENT OF THE SISTERS OF SAINT BRIDGET IN 
BETHLEHEM.  IT IS CURRENTLY BEING OCCUPIED BY PALESTINIAN 
GUNMEN WHO ARE USING THE NUNS AS HUMAN SHIELDS.  IN ADDITION 
TO SEVEN NUNS OF DIVERSE NATIONALITY (INCLUDING AN AMCIT) 
THERE ARE 200 PEOPLE WHO HAVE SOUGHT REFUGE IN THE CONVENT. 
TAURAN SAID THAT HE SPOKE WITH THE ISRAELI DCM YESTERDAY TO 
URGE THE ISRAELIS NOT TO SHELL THE CONVENT (SAINT MARY'S 
HOUSE), AS IT WOULD TURN INTO A MASSACRE.  HE ALSO REQUESTED 
OUR ASSISTANCE IN OBTAINING ACCESS FOR THE RED CROSS TO 
DELIVER FOOD, WHICH HE SAYS IS CURRENTLY BEING DENIED BY 
ISRAEL.  NICHOLSON 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
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