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Pax Christi says diplomacy failure caused war

The war in Iraq demonstrates a tragic failure of international diplomacy, according to a statement from the international Catholic peace organisation Pax Christi. 

It said US-led military intervention began without the consent of the UN Security Council, ignoring the warning of a big part of the diplomatic world, civil society, churches and other faith communities worldwide.

The letter pointed out that the Holy See has condemned the policy of "pre-emptive war". It said non-violent means to solve the conflict were far from exhausted.

"The disarmament of Iraq could have been achieved without war. Weapon inspectors have not been given enough time to finish their work.

"This war is politically dangerous, culturally unwise and discounts the growing importance of religion and culture for the political identification of many people."

Pax Christi

Pax Christi | Text of statement (PDF)
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27 Mar 2003