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Cablegate: Embassy Vatican Links Ngo Sant'egidio with African Bureau

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SUBJECT: EMBASSY VATICAN LINKS NGO SANT'EGIDIO WITH AFRICAN BUREAU

1. (SBU) Post hosted a digital video conference (DVC) May 25,
linking the Community of Sant'Egidio, a Vatican-related NGO,
with the Africa Bureau. Embassy Paris's Africa watcher and
staff from S/WCI also joined the DVC. Sant'Egidio responded to
questions raised by AF on issues related to conflicts in
Northern Uganda and Cote d'Ivoire. The discussion of Northern
Uganda centered on the credibility of current peace talks in
Juba and their probability of success. Discussion about Cote
d'Ivoire focused on the Ouagadougou Peace Accords and the
likelihood of successful elections in the coming months or years
given logistical constraints.

2. (SBU) Embassy Vatican hopes to continue connecting
Sant'Egidio with the Department and relevant Embassies via DVC.
We will continue our own reporting on the Community's
initiatives, but have found great value in getting the experts
to speak directly. Post would be happy to work with any AF
office or embassy in the region to communicate in this way with
Sant'Egidio here in Rome. Please contact POL/MGT officer Peter
Ganser, if interested. Our next event will likely be a July
discussion with the Community's Great Lakes expert, Don Matteo
Zuppi.

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