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Cable en el que el Vaticano ofrece apoyo a EE UU para impulsar el Acuerdo de Copenhague

La legación en la ciudad santa destaca que "Conversi (del Vaticano) ofrece el apoyo a EEUU, aunque sea discretamente"

ID: 244719
Date: 2010-01-21 15:58:00
Origin: 10VATICAN13
Source: Embassy Vatican
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Dunno: 09VATICAN132 10STATE3080
Destination: VZCZCXRO4214
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P 211558Z JAN 10
FM AMEMBASSY VATICAN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1242
INFO RUEHCP/AMEMBASSY COPENHAGEN PRIORITY 0005
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0129
RUEHUB/USINT HAVANA PRIORITY 0047
RUEHCV/AMEMBASSY CARACAS PRIORITY 0035
RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
RUEHROV/AMEMBASSY VATICAN 1281

C O N F I D E N T I A L VATICAN 000013

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR OES DREW NELSON, RACHEL KASTENBERG, KATE LARSEN

E.O. 12958: DECL: 1/20/2035
TAGS: KGHG, PGOV, PREL, CU, VE, VT
SUBJECT: "GREEN" POPE SUPPORTS US PATH FORWARD FROM COPENHAGEN

REF: A. A. STATE 3080
B. B. 09 VATICAN 132

CLASSIFIED BY: Julieta Valls Noyes, DCM.
REASON: 1.4 (b), (d)
1. (C) Summary: The Holy See supports USG efforts to have
countries associate themselves with the Copenhagen Accord by the
January 31 deadline (ref. A), and will encourage them to do so.
The Pope's recent environmental messages offer Vatican officials
a strong platform to leverage the moral authority of the Church
to combat climate change. While the Vatican supports the
inclusion of all countries in international environmental
discussions and decision-making, it is not naove about the
political motives behind Cuba's and Venezuela's criticism of
Copenhagen. End summary.



2. (C) On January 20, P/EOff met with Dr. Paolo Conversi, the
Vatican's point person on climate change at the Secretariat of
State, to deliver ref. A demarche. Conversi immediately
expressed the Holy See's genuine desire to see the Copenhagen
process move forward. He was aware of the January 31 deadline
but did not know which countries had agreed formally to join the
process. Conversi agreed to encourage other countries
discreetly to associate themselves with the Accord, as
opportunities arise. (Note: For practical reasons, the Holy See
will not formally associate itself with the Copenhagen Accord:
Vatican City State's carbon footprint negligible. The Vatican
decision is consistent with its practice of not becoming a
formal party to agreements if they require substantial technical
expertise and reporting commitments).



3. (C) Conversi was pleased overall with the process leading to
Copenhagen and with the Conference itself. He said expectations
were too high before the event. Regarding the group of
dissenting countries, including Venezuela and Cuba, Conversi
said the Vatican was sympathetic to their complaints about
inclusion in decision-making but believed their criticism was
largely politically motivated. Noting that Pope Benedict had
firmly established his "green" reputation using his New Years'
Day Peace message to highlight environmental protection (ref.
B), Conversi said he looked forward to further collaboration
with the U.S. prior to Bonn and Mexico City.



4. (U) In a separate meeting, Monsignior James Reinert, the
environmental analyst at the Pontifical Council for Justice and
Peace (a Vatican think tank), confirmed to P/EOff that the
profile of environmental issues in the Vatican is at an all-time
high. Secretariat of State officers represented the Holy See at
environmental meetings now, where in the past his own office
would have had the lead. (Note: Justice and Peace will
continue to produce analytical documents on environmental issues
for bishops around the world, while the Secretariat will have
the lead on policy, particularly in multilateral fora.)



5. (C) Comment: Conversi's offer to support the U.S., even if
discreetly, is significant because the Vatican is often
reluctant to appear to compromise its independence and moral
authority by associating itself with particular lobbying
efforts. Even more important than the Vatican's lobbying
assistance, however, is the influence the Pope's guidance can
have on public opinion in countries with large Catholic
majorities and beyond. End Comment.

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