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Bishop says more arms, poverty mean greater disasters to come

A Vatican statement delivered at the United Nations on Monday said a world trend toward "more arms and more poverty" is leading toward "disasters even greater than what we endured on 11 September".

Archbishop Renato R. Martino, Vatican nuncio to the United Nations, said that "this distressing time must teach us that violence and war are not inevitable".

He said, "The basic requirements for the peace we seek (are) the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, the curbing of the arms trade and the eradication of massive, endemic poverty. We have no choice if humanity is to survive."