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Vatican urges international to halt Mideast violence

The international community must help Palestinians and Israelis to put an end to the spiral of Middle East violence, Archbishop Renato Martino said in an address at the United Nations.

Archbishop Renato Martino, until recently permanent observer of the Vatican at the United Nations, made the appeal last Tuesday while addressing the Special Political and Decolonisation Committee of the 57th Session of the General Assembly.

"It is incumbent upon both parties assisted by the international community to set out anew on the path of sincere negotiation so that this issue is properly addressed and accords with resolutions already made," he said.

Archbishop Martino, recently appointed president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, stressed that the "massive application of violence has failed and failed miserably. It has increased the sufferings of both Israelis and Palestinians."

He quoted John Paul II's words on 11 August: "For it is neither attacks, nor walls that separate, nor even retaliation that will ever lead to a just solution of the continuing conflict."


11 Nov 2002