Pax Christi continues to urge diplomatic solution to Iraq crisis
As the Iraqi weapons inspectors' report was submitted to meet this week's UN-mandated deadline, the international Catholic peace movement Pax Christi reiterated its strong support for a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the crisis.
In a letter to the 15-member Security Council, Pax Christi International urged the UN body to resist pressure to go to war and to instead ensure more time for the inspection team to complete their work.
In a letter to the UN Security Council signed by General Secretary Etienne De Jonge, Pax Christi stressed that diplomatic means to compel Iraq to implement UN resolutions have not been exhausted.
"Weapons inspectors are still at work and Pax Christi International believes that they should be given the time and support they need to complete their work and to ensure monitored dismantlement of any weapons of mass destruction that they may find," the letter said. "Meanwhile, enhanced import monitoring and border controls must increase pressure on Iraq to cooperate with the inspections. Iraq can thus be disarmed without the risks and costs of war."
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Pax Christi USA Statement on War against Iraq
IRAQI CHRISTIANS MAKE PREPARATIONS FOR WAR
Chaldean Christians in Iraq are stockpiling food and fuel and preparing for the war threatening their country, an Iraqi archbishop told reporters.
For the past month, they have also been gathering daily for prayer, "hoping God will help us avoid a war", Gabriel Kassab, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Basra, said at a news conference on Tuesday at the Geneva offices of the World Council of Churches.
The archbishop was in Europe to urge the end of United Nations' sanctions on Iraq and the prevention of a new war.
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