Vatican official has high hopes for Middle East Peace Summit
Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, has described this week's Israel-Palestine summit in Aqaba, Jordan, as a "great hope" for the future of the Middle East.
Cardinal Sodano, who is accompanying Pope John Paul II on his trip to Croatia, spoke with reporters during a boat ride from the island of Krk, where the papal airplane landed, to the nearby city of Rijeka.
He said that the key concerns for the summit meeting should be the definition of clear boundaries between the Israeli and Palestinian states, the treatment of refugees, and the status of Jerusalem.
Cardinal Sodano also indicated that the sovereignty of an independent Palestinian state must not be compromised by scattered Jewish settlements. He remarked ironically that "a state cannot exist like a Swiss cheese, with holes all through it."
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6 Jun 2003