Viewing cable 02VATICAN2238
Title: BIWEEKLY ACTIVITIES REPORT FOR APRIL 16-30, 2002

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02VATICAN22382002-05-08 14:18:00 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 SECTION 01 OF 02 VATICAN 002238 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR (BRADTKE), EUR/WE (MENNUTI) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/08/2012 
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM KWMN EAID PGOV PHUM KWMN EAID VT EAGER VTPREL EAGER
SUBJECT: BIWEEKLY ACTIVITIES REPORT FOR APRIL 16-30, 2002 
 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: AMBASSADOR NICHOLSON, REASON E.O. 12958 1.5 (B), (D). 
 
¶1.  (C)  THIS CABLE REPORTS ON EMBASSY VATICAN'S ACTIVITIES 
FOR THE PERIOD APRIL 16-30, 2002.  IT IS INTENDED TO 
SUMMARIZE, BUT NOT EXHAUSTIVELY REPORT, OUR ACTIVITIES DURING 
THE PERIOD.  COVERED IN THIS CABLE ARE: 
 
-- AMBASSADOR MEETS WITH PRESIDENTIAL PRE-ADVANCE 
-- AMBASSADOR/FM TAURAN ON VENEZUELA 
-- ANTI-TRAFFICKING CONFERENCE PROGRESS 
-- A/S JONES VISITS EMBASSY 
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-- AMBASSADOR CALLS ON MILAN CARDINAL MARTINI 
-- AMBASSADOR'S PUBLIC DIPLOMACY 
-- DCM ACTIVITIES 
-- POLITICAL SECTION 
-- REPORTING: MIDDLE EAST, VENEZUELA, UNGASS. 
 
¶2.  (SBU) AMBASSADOR HOSTED WHITE HOUSE PRE-ADVANCE FOR 
DISCUSSION OF PRESIDENT'S LATE MAY NATO SUMMIT VISIT TO A 
BASE SEVERAL MILES OUTSIDE OF ROME.  IT WAS NOTED THAT THERE 
WAS NO PLAN FOR A BILAT IN VATICAN CITY WITH THE POPE. 
(NOTE:  IF THE PRESIDENT VISITS ROME -- I.E. THE CITY CENTER 
-- AND DOES NOT SCHEDULE TIME WITH THE POPE, THIS WILL BE THE 
FIRST TIME THAT HAS HAPPENED.) 
 
¶3.  (C)  EVENING OF APRIL 19, AMBASSADOR AND POLOFF CALLED ON 
FM TAURAN, ON INSTRUCTION, TO REQUEST APPROPRIATE VATICAN AND 
CHURCH ENGAGEMENT IN VENEZUELAN "NATIONAL DIALOGUE" IN 
SUPPORT FOR RECONCILIATION. (SEPTEL).  AMBASSADOR AND TAURAN 
ALSO DISCUSSED THE SITUATION IN BETHLEHEM AT THE CHURCH OF 
THE NATIVITY AND VATICAN FEARS THAT IT WAS BECOMING UNSTABLE. 
 
¶4.  (U)  AMBASSADOR HOSTED LUNCH APRIL 16 WITH MAIN VATICAN 
INTERLOCUTORS TO DISCUSS PREPARATIONS FOR UPCOMING 
ANTI-TRAFFICKING CONFERENCE.  THE VATICAN OFFICIALS FROM THE 
FOREIGN MINISTRY AND PONTIFICAL COUNCILS FOR JUSTICE AND 
PEACE AND FOR MIGRANTS AND ITINERANTS WERE PLEASED AT THE 
BROAD INTERNATIONAL INTEREST IN ATTENDING AND SPEAKING AT THE 
CONFERENCE AND AGREED TO TAKE EMBASSY'S SUGGESTIONS AS TO 
VATICAN SPEAKING/MODERATING ROLES AT THE CONFERENCE. 
 
¶5. (U)  A/S BETH JONES PAID A COURTESY CALL ON AMBASSADOR 
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APRIL 23. DISCUSSION FOCUSED ON MIDDLE EAST; GROWING 
ANTI-SEMITISM IN EUROPE AND VATICAN REACTIONS; BENEFITS OF 
HAVING THE POPE UP TO SPEED ON U.S. THINKING AND INTENTIONS. 
AT HER TOWN HALL MEETING AT EMBASSY ROME, RESPONDING TO A 
QUERY FROM POL/ADMINOFF, A/S JONES ENCOURAGED POST TO ELICIT 
GREATER ENGAGEMENT FROM THE VATICAN ON ROMA/SINTI ISSUES IN 
EUROPE. 
 
¶6. (U)  AMBASSADOR CALLED ON MILAN CARDINAL MARTINI APRIL 26. 
 MARTINI, UNTIL RECENTLY SEEN AS A STRONG CONTENDER IN THE 
PAPAL SUCCESSION STAKES, IS RETIRING IN SEPTEMBER.  HE WILL 
RETURN TO THE MIDDLE EAST TO STUDY AND, "IF ASKED," TO DO 
WHAT HE CAN TO PROMOTE RECONCILIATION BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT 
RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES THERE. 
 
¶7. (U) AMBASSADOR'S PUBLIC DIPLOMACY:  DURING THE REPORTING 
PERIOD AMBASSADOR CONDUCTED INTERVIEWS OR BACKGROUNDERS ON 
U.S./VATICAN RELATIONS AND THE UPCOMING ANTI-TRAFFICKING 
CONFERENCE WITH: PEGGY POLK OF THE RELIGIOUS NEWS SERVICE AND 
SARAH DELANEY OF THE WASHINGTON POST APRIL 17; JEFF ISRAELI 
OF TIME MAGAZINE APRIL 18; VATICAN RADIO AND ALESSIO VINCI OF 
CNN APRIL 19; MELINDA HENEBERGER OF  THE NEW YORK TIMES AND 
JOHN HENDERSON OF THE DENVER POST APRIL 23. 
 
¶8.  (C)  DCM ACTIVITIES: 
 
-- DCM MET APRIL 16 WITH MICROSOFT GOVERNMENT RELATIONS 
DIRECTOR FABIO FALEZA TO DISCUSS MICROSOFT'S PROPOSAL TO 
DIGITIZE VATICAN ARCHIVES.  ESTIMATED COST IS $300 MILLION; 
MICROSOFT SEES WORK UNDERTAKEN BY A CONSORTIUM OF COMPANIES. 
DCM CHAIRED FOLLOW-UP MEETING APRIL 30, INCLUDING EMBASSY 
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ROME PAO.  EMBASSY ROME FCS WILL WORK WITH MICROSOFT TO 
FOLLOW-UP. 
 
--  DCM MET APRIL 28 WITH ISRAELI COUNTERPART TO DISCUSS 
BETHLEHEM AND CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY STANDOFF. 
 
¶9.  (C)  POLITICAL SECTION: 
 
--  POLOFF TOOK ADVANTAGE OF 4/16 LUNCH (PARA 4 ABOVE) TO 
PRESENT DEMARCHE POINTS TO VATICAN DFM AND JUSTICE AND PEACE 
UNDERSECRETARY ON UN SPECIAL SESSION ON CHILDREN.  POINTS 
REQUESTED VATICAN HELP IN ENGAGING LATIN AMERICAN CAPITALS TO 
SUPPORT APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE ON CHILDREN'S HEALTHCARE RIGHTS 
IN THE UNGASS. (SEPTEL). 
 
-- IN ADDITION TO SPENDING AN AVERAGE OF 2-3 HOURS PER DAY 
ORGANIZING SPEAKERS AND ATTENDEES FOR THE ANTI-TRAFFICKING 
CONFERENCE, POLOFF MET WITH U/S MICHAEL BLUME, APRIL 17, TO 
COORDINATE HOLY SEE SPEAKERS AND THEIR TEXTS.  BLUME WAS 
HAPPY TO TAKE A SPEAKING ROLE OUTLINING THE BROAD HUMAN 
RIGHTS DIMENSION OF THE PROBLEM. 
 
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 02 OF 02 VATICAN 002238 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR (BRADTKE), EUR/WE (MENNUTI) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/08/2012 
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM KWMN EAID PGOV PHUM KWMN EAID VT EAGER VTPREL EAGER
SUBJECT: BIWEEKLY ACTIVITIES REPORT FOR APRIL 16-30, 2002 
 
--  POL/ADMINOFF STAFFED AMBASSADOR J.D. BINDENAGLE'S APRIL 
26 CALLS ON DFM MIGLIORE AND PRESIDENT OF THE PONTIFICAL 
COMMISSION FOR RELATIONS WITH THE JUDAISM CARDINAL KASPER. 
(SEPTEL WILL FOLLOW). 
 
¶10. (C)  REPORTING:  VATICAN 1920: DEMARCHE ON UNGASS; 
VATICAN 1975: ENGAGING CATHOLIC CHURCH IN VENEZUELA. 
NICHOLSON 
 
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