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Vatican urges UN to use mideast 'road map'

A Vatican statement to the United Nations on Monday called for use of the "road map" as a way to move toward an Israeli-Palestinian settlement.

Monsignor Francis Chullikatt, an official of the Vatican's UN mission, said "the present conflict in the Middle East will find a lasting solution only when there are two independent and sovereign states living side by side in peace and security."

"It is incumbent upon both parties, assisted by the international community, to endorse the road map as a tool of negotiation and confidence building," he said.

The "road map" is the plan designed to produce the two-state solution proposed by President Bush in his speech to the United Nations last year.

Vatican urges U.N. to use 'road map' to move toward Middle East peace (Catholic News Service)

Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations
Vatican envoy at UN calls for new Israel-Palestinian talks (Catholic World News/EWTN)
Churches voice concern over crisis in Israel/Palestine (Independent Catholic News)

6 Nov 2003