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Vatican officials hail UN efforts to protect Buddha statues
    Vatican officials welcomed UN diplomatic efforts to prevent the destruction of two massive historic Buddha statues by Afghanistan's Islamic Taliban leadership.
    "I'm happy that UNESCO and the United Nations have intervened. Let's hope they prevail," said Archbishop Francesco Marchisano, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Goods of the Church.
    Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Taliban's supreme leader, issued a decree late last month ordering the destruction of all statues and shrines in the country that the Taliban deems un-Islamic and idolatrous.
   
CNS
   
8-Mar-01


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