Page 4, 8th December 1978

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Page 4, 8th December 1978 — Diplomatic Corps status

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Diplomatic Corps status

From Viscount Furness May I comment possible misapprehensions in Charterhouse Chronicle of November 17 with reference to the paragraph headed "Diplomatic Corps Anomally".

First, raising diplomatic recognition between the United Kingdom and the Vatican to Embassy status would not involve the papal representative becoming a Nuncio and therefore doyen of tne Diplomatic Corps. He could become Pronuncio — equal to Ambassador.

Secondly, relying on statements in Charterhouse Chronicle regarding Mgr Vigano's unfortunate experience with the Customs and Excise, a diplomatic passport only carries Customs and other exemptions if the

holder is a member ot a diplomatic mission in the country concerned.

The Apostolic Delegation, as Patrick O'Donovan states, is not a diplomatic mission. Therefore any waiving of Customs examination is of courtesy and not of right. Whether such courtesy should have been extended is another matter altogether.

Thirdly, regarding American Presidential personal representatives to the Holy See, the office in Rome continues to exist and President Carter has appointed two, the current representative appointed a few days ago being former Mayor Robert Wagner of New York with a career Foreign Service officer as his assistant.

Furness London, SW1.

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